King’s Cross is alive with culture
There’s an exciting and interesting mix of things happening at King’s Cross and arts and culture is a big part of that mix.
Music venues, cinemas, galleries and theatres all have a place here. The new public spaces and squares will play host to outdoor concerts, theatre, film and dance performances. These new venues will complement and enhance the already thriving local arts and music scene.
A giant mural designed by artist Gregori Saavedra has appeared at the gateway to King's Cross. The vast 790m2 artwork is inspired by the transformation of King's Cross and depicts some of the landmarks and features of the neighbourhood.
The mural covers the entire German Gymnasium - a Grade II listed building which is currently under refurbishment by restaurant group, D&D London. The artwork is one of the largest illustrations of its kind.
Originally designed in 1865 by Edward Gruning for the German Gymnastics Society, the Gym was the venue for the indoor events of the first Olympic Games in 1866. The iconic building is being transformed by D&D into a complex of restaurants including a 150-cover brasserie and glamorous bar with outdoor terraces.
The artist-run organisation Auto Italia South East has taken up residence in Rubicon Court. You can find their studio space at Unit 2, York Way. Auto Italia produces and commissions work through collaboration with a growing number of artists. The studio on York way will host exhibitions, events, screenings and talks. For opening hours and information on upcoming projects, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A hotspot of creativity
King’s Cross has always been an inspiration to creative people. From Victorian painters fascinated by the modernity of the railways, to the Camden Town Group who painted the neighbourhood’s decline in the early 1900s.
In more modern times, the atmospheric urban grit has provided the backdrop to movie classics such as the Ladykillers and Mona Lisa. While Aidan Andrew Dunn’s epic poem Vale Royal has led to him being dubbed "the voice of King’s Cross".
Today a whole host of designers, architects and artists can be found here – from innovative design group Heatherwick Studio to acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley. And with The University of the Arts London moved to The Granary, King’s Cross is now home to the top creative talent of tomorrow. The energy and vitality that comes with such a creative community benefits the whole area.
Over the next nine years, a series of contemporary art projects will appear around the site, enlivening the public spaces. This art will celebrate the area’s heritage and its future. Michael Pinsky and Stéphanie Delcroix have been selected to curate the first three years of the programme. The title of their programme is RELAY. You can learn about RELAY and the curators here.
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"An extraordinarily exciting place, the hub of the capital’s art education and a centre for excellence which will be the envy of the world"Theo Fennel
Creative Director, Theo Fennel PLC