Established by Pace London President Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and Futurecity Founder Mark Davy, the new venture will offer a pioneering approach to commissioning art ‘in the public realm’. The partnership builds on the expansive and important histories of both Pace and Futurecity, bridging Pace’s extensive global resources with Futurecity’s innovative approach to developing large scale commissions for artists in the public realm.
Future\Pace will explore a world where the interchange of disciplines is becoming the norm. The ‘New Makers’, a group of artists proposed by Future\Pace, will work in collaboration with other disciplines including architects, designers, landscape architects, engineers, technologists and scientists.
“Pace is thrilled to join Mark Davy and his team at Futurecity to create new ways of positioning art in public spaces,” says Pace London President Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst. “In its nearly sixty-year history, Pace has been behind numerous major public commissions. As our new venture looks to the future, we will be working with artists whose works engage with scale, collaborative and original ideas, urban interventions, using technology, digital and experiential craftsmanship. We are thrilled to pioneer a new model of working with artists in the public sphere.”
“We are interested in the notion of a ‘gallery without walls’, art for skyscrapers and city blocks, schools and hospitals, parks and squares, embedded into bridges, energy centres and transport hubs. We see opportunities for meaningful collaborations with everyone interested in the idea of a cultural city” Futurecity Founder Mark Davy.
Future\Pace will develop partnerships and opportunities with an international group of artists including Kohei Nawa, teamLab, Carsten Nicolai, Random International, Michal Rovner, Studio Drift, and Leo Villareal, articulating a focus on art that transforms conventions of public sculpture by reaching into the digital sphere.
“Future/Pace will allow us to extend our history of engagement with public spaces especially now when the engagements are becoming more ground-breaking in the last half century. Along with our recently initiated project, Pace Art + Technology, Future/Pace will allow an opportunity to be part of what Mark Davy has termed 'The New Makers.'” Pace President Marc Glimcher.
Examples of these public commissions include Japanese art collective teamLab’s projections on the Grand Palais, Paris, and Michal Rovner’s video fresco on the MN Metropolitana in Naples and Canary Wharf’s Crossrail station; both were announced in June 2015.