Dairy Art Centre
Established in April 2013 and situated in Bloomsbury, Dairy Art Centre is a public space for contemporary visual art. It is a private, non commercial, organisation founded by Frank Cohen and Nicolai Frahm, cementing their lifelong passion for art and their commitment to increasing access to the visual arts by opening up Dairy’s exhibitions to the public for free, and through its newly created education and internship training programmes.
Frank Cohen and Nicolai Frahm have known each other for fifteen years and have previously worked together on a number of projects. Dairy Art Centre is their first collaboration that provides exhibition opportunities on a major scale.
Frank Cohen is one of the world’s most influential and prolific collectors of international contemporary art. He began collecting Modern British art in the 1970s and in the early 1990s became a patron and supporter of the Young British Artists (YBAs). He also collected American and German art of the 1980s and 1990s and more recently has added contemporary Chinese and Indian art to his interests.
From 2007 to 2012 Cohen pioneered Initial Access, a foundation in Wolverhampton designed to exhibit and promote younger artists. An exhibition of his Modern British Collection featuring artists such as LS Lowry, Stanley Spencer, Edward Burra and Eduardo Paolozzi was held at Chatsworth in 2012, and he was member of the Turner Prize jury in 2003.
Nicolai Frahm grew up in Copenhagen in a family collecting and showing post-war European art to the public at their private foundation. In 1997 he moved to London to set up for himself. Since then, he has earned a reputation as a leading collector, patron of the arts and successful art advisor.
Frahm's own collection draws on post-war European abstract art, as well as art from the late 1970s to present, and incorporates both emerging and established artists from America, Europe and Asia.
Jenny Jones, an internationally recognised architect, whose work includes groundbreaking projects such as the Prada Epicentre in New York City, has transformed the interior of Dairy Art Centre. Her sensitive adaptation highlights the building's unique, raw, industrial features with high ceilings and skylights, which provides a vibrant exhibition space for contemporary art. The history of the site as a once operating milk depository has been incorporated within the final plans, whilst introducing strong contemporary design features.
The building has been divided into various exhibition spaces offering diverse communal, artistic and curatorial opportunities: two main halls, a converted milk fridge, two outdoor sculpture yards, and future plans for an artist-designed milk bar and cafe, a book and media outlet, an education space and a design space.
Externally, John M. Armleder has conceived and designed an alternative frontage for the entrance. For the launch of the venue and as Dairy’s first exhibiting artist, he created a sparkling glitter stencil of our logo. Applied, the commissioned signage glistens and catches the light to reveal a subtle rendering of 'Dairy’.
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