We’re excited to be embarking on a new phase that will see BOM undergo a major building refurbishment, take ownership of our own café space and create a fully accessible building to welcome the public.
We have been working with the autistic community and architectural designer Alessandro Columbano in an experimental project to re-design our building at 1 Dudley Street as an autism-friendly gallery and creative workspace.
For the first time we will also take over the running of our own café space, currently occupied by The Wilderness restaurant. During the last two years of co-habiting we’ve seen The Wilderness go from strength to strength, and we’re delighted to see them move on to a larger premises in the business quarter. This will give us greater environmental control and enable us to create a vibrant new café space and social hub for creatives and the public.
Our newly designed building will play host to an increasingly ambitious programme of artistic work and professional development at the intersection of art, technology and science, supporting radical new practices.
The new plans will see us double our current gallery space, create lift access to all floors, install bespoke lighting, heating, ventilation and re-decoration across all spaces to broaden access and increase the range and quality of events we can produce.
In line with this, and our commitment to making BOM more accessible and autism friendly, we are also commissioning a brand re-fresh.
Throughout the rest of 2017 we’ll be continuing design consultation with our autistic experts group and working towards delivery of planned works in early 2018. This in readiness for when BOM re-launches as an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation next Spring.
We’ll announce further details at the end of the year, and look forward to sharing our learning with others who are interested in experimental design and participation.