As part of its organisational development work Gasworks Gallery invited public works to research and assess the organisation's local role and potential.
Lay Out started by opening up an informal meeting and studio space right on the public threshold of Gasworks Gallery: the front door. For a period of two month this became the public space for numerous formal and informal get togethers with people in and around gasworks. The façade of the building was used as a changing billboard, to advertise local activities and the latest ideas and questions.
• How is Gasworks known, perceived and used by its audiences?
• How does Gasworks act and interact within the area?
• Are there any overlaps of interests with other individuals, initiatives and organisations?
• How can existing overlaps develop into a basis for future mutual engagement?
• What architectural 'lay outs' can be developed to strengthen the local role and direction of Gasworks as a space for the exhibition of contemporary art practice in relation to its users and its audiences?
Knowledge for how to connect and extend Gasworks was generated through a broad mix of chats, arranged meetings, discussion rounds and observations. The emerging catalogue of proposals outlines various strategies for the development of the organisation in the short, medium and longer term. The proposals look specifically into ways of allowing and increasing exchange and cooperation with other local organisations, as well as finding successful solutions for the architectural redevelopment of the public gallery space.