Gasworks announces Robert Leckie will be its new director

Robert Leckie. Photo: Max McClure

Gasworks, the London organisation that is part of Triangle Network has announced that Robert Leckie will be the organisation’s new director. Leckie is joining Gasworks from Spike Island in Bristol, where he is currently the director. Prior to joining Spike Island in 2018, Leckie was the curator and head of programmes at Gasworks between 2011–18, and so the appointment is a homecoming for him.

Dedicated to artist residencies and exhibition, Gasworks describes itself as ‘a place where artists conceive, produce and present art to the wider public.’ Leckie will join Gasworks in March 2024, as the organisation celebrates its 30th anniversary since its beginning as an artist-run space in 1994. Leckie is ‘thrilled to return to Gasworks,’ expanding that having started his career at the organisation, he knows ‘how precious the organisation and its community is.’ He adds: ‘I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of the current Director, Alessio Antoniolli, who has given everything over the past 25 years to make Gasworks the stable and celebrated institution that it is today. I look forward to working together with the staff team, board and many partners to develop a new vision for the future: one that ensures Gasworks continues to be a vital hub for artistic and cultural exchange, with a caring and independent spirit.’

Leckie will replace Antoniolli, who is leaving to take on a new role as director of Triangle Network, an international group of small art organisations that support emerging artists founded in 1982. Triangle is an association of more than 90 spaces in 41 countries, but each Triangle Network partner, which include the Triangle Arts Association residency programme in New York; Triangle in Marseille, which is dedicated to exhibitions; and Yinka Shonibare’s G.A.S. Foundation in Nigeria, is independent and develops activities that respond directly to the local needs and aspirations of artists and their audiences. As director of Triangle Network, Antoniolli will ‘strengthen its role as a support system for partners while working to create further opportunities for collaborations and artistic exchanges.’

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