The School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

The School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

 

Burrell Foley Fischer were commissioned to refurbish and remodel the main reception areas for the School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London.  The School of Arts occupies 39 – 47 Gordon Square, Listed Grade II, in Bloomsbury. The School of Arts wished to create a stylish, flexible space that provides a distinctive image for the School, including reception, exhibition and teaching spaces.

Thomas Cubitt, then London’s best-known builder, developed Gordon Square in the 1820s. It is famous for its association with the Bloomsbury Group, a collective of intellectuals, writers and artists, including Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster, who lived and worked around Bloomsbury in the first half of the 20th century.  The economist John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946) lived at 46 Gordon Square, which is marked by a blue plaque. The same house was used by the Bloomsbury Group when the painter Vanessa Bell lived there before Keynes.

 

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The Peltz Gallery was created as part of the refurbishment and remodelling of the Birkbeck School of Arts. The gallery is a flexible exhibition space for digital and material displays, small-scale performances, lectures and meetings.  The space allows a constellation of research and creative activities to happen at the heart of the historic building.