Roaming ROOM is an art facility: we place contemporary art in dilapidated or unused buildings and invite artists to produce new works that act as creative antidotes, presenting projects that may not always be possible within commercial spaces.
We are inspired by a 'Fluxus' sensibility, collaborating with artists to instigate compelling imaginative experiments.
"Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether."
- Luis Buñuel -
R O O M opened in Bristol in 2002 where it formed the annexe of a newly built custom made house.
After four years it moved and opened temporarily on Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, as FOUND Gallery.
In 2007 the name changed to R O O M London and it opened on Waterson st, Hoxton where it remained for for five years.
The initiative has now evolved and grown and Roaming ROOM opens it’s fourth Marylebone gallery space in December 2016.
Over the past four years we have established a relationship with the Portman Estate, which enables us to operate in different sites in Marylebone. This is a move away from conventional gallery spaces: the buildings are due for redevelopment, and therefore have a history, but are in a somewhat raw state.
Each space has been stripped of former domestic layers, to expose the interior architecture at it’s simplest, whilst retaining an idea of memory and atmosphere. Here we offer a challenge to artists to intervene or engage with the space, from architectural intervention, installation, film, and performance to other artistic disciplines.
Our latest building is at 24 Manchester Street, London W1U 4DJ, near to the Wallace Collection. It is a four storey Georgian House.