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Goldsmiths' art school to build public gallery

Fundraising includes auction of works to be donated by star alumni

Old water tanks will be converted by Assemble architects

Goldsmiths, which is part of the University of London and home to one of the UK’s leading art schools, plans to build a public art gallery behind the art department’s home, in an early 20th-century former public baths. To help raise the £2m needed to convert the old water tanks of the Laurie Grove Baths into an art space, the institution is asking its star alumni and emeritus professors, including Michael Craig-Martin, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Antony Gormley, Fiona Banner, Bob and Roberta Smith, Rebecca Warren and Ceal Floyer, to donate works that will be auctioned by Christie’s, possibly next year. If fundraising goes well, the Goldsmiths gallery is due to open in late 2015. An architect is due to be announced next week on 28 July for the first phase of the project and a director appointed in due course. Richard Noble, the head of the department of art who is leading the project, says that leading artists will be invited to show works and guest curators to organise exhibitions, as well as artists and curators studying at Goldsmiths.

Update, 28 July: London-based architects Assemble were selected to convert the former water tanks. The other shortlisted architects for the Goldsmiths' commission were: 6a Architects, Dow Jones Architects, Harry Gugger Studio, HAT Projects and Jamie Fobert Architects. Assemble is currently creating artists’ studios, a gallery spaces and accommodation in the former studios and homes of the artists Julian Trevelyan and Mary Fedden in Chiswick, London, among other projects.

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