“Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst”

Future\Pace: a new strategic partnership

Combining the gallery and curatorial expertise of Pace London, the cultural placemaking experience of Futurecity, and the collaborative energies of an international group of artists, the new strategic partnership Future\Pace offers a pioneering approach to commissioning art in the public realm.   We talk to Pace London President, Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, and Futurecity Founder, Mark Davy, to discuss the idea of a cultural city; learning to speak the language of developers; the economic benefits of collaboration; and a new breed of artist.   How did the partnership between Futurecity and Pace London come about? Mark Davy: Mollie and I met when I was working on strategy for the Crossrail Culture Line, which is matching six of the new London Crossrail stations with six leading galleries and six international artists. Although there’s a real appetite at the moment for artists to create large-scale interventions in urban settings, it’s actually quite difficult to get artists to work in this context. Either they don’t have the teams behind them or they are inside a gallery system, which can be hard because you need to work in a very collaborative, open-ended way. Mollie and I were interested in the idea of a new group which gave developers, city organisations and authorities the opportunity to take on artists who could do large-scale works, who could work in a multi-disciplinary set-up, collaborate (which is not always easy for artists!) and deliver. Futurecity has been working in this area for about ten years: for example, Mark Wallinger’s White Horse at Ebsfleet, or Slipstream with Richard Wilson at Heathrow. We provide support with the strategic, structural element of the job: the indemnities, the insurances, the contracts and the project management. Pace London has the gallery and curatorial expertise, as well as being able to bring in very good,...

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Pace Gallery plans to open new space in London

London, 10 December 2010. AMA. The Pace Gallery, based in New York, plans to open an exhibition space in London. The gallery has engaged Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, who will be in charge of forming a team and developing an exhibition programme for the Pace Gallery’s pieces. Pace Gallery was founded in 1960 in Boston by Arne Glimcher and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst lives in London. She started her career at Sotheby’s and worked for ten years at the Gagosian Gallery in New York and subsequently in London. Until recently, she was the international director and programme coordinator at the Garage Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, opened by Roman Abramovitch and his wife. She will remain an advisor. The Pace Gallery will be demonstrating the pivotal role it plays on the world art market by opening a new branch. The gallery specialises in modern and contemporary art. Until a permanent venue is chosen, the gallery will be based in a temporary office in Soho next year. Pace runs four locations in New York and one in Beijing. It is one of the most prestigious galleries and represents living artists and highly profitable...

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