SAVE CORK STREET
Standard Life are putting part of their extensive property portfolio on Cork Street up for sale. This would destroy 7 art galleries including The Mayor Gallery which was the first gallery on Cork Street in 1925. Selling this huge development would destroy almost 90 years of history. Cork Street is renowned throughout the world as an art collectors paradise and clients come from around the world to come and see, and buy art there. Students come from around the UK to study there and its location to the Royal Academy make it a convenient and very central place for them to do so.
Destroying over half the street to make room for Bond Street fashion retailers and hedgefunding businesses would destroy what has become one of London's cultural heritages. Bond Street fashion can stay on Bond Street. Like Savile Row is famous for tailors, Cork Street is famous for Art. It has become a London landmark and we should leave it this way.
Please sign up and help petition against yet more corporate greed that will turn this cultural hub into yet another faceless and bland part of the city and help Cork Street maintain its position on the Art world map. Threatening to raise rents will also drive the galleries out. We ask for a substantial lease on these properties so that we can stay here for years to come.
Follow us on Twitter #saveCorkStreet
Richard Stephens commented
The art trade in Cork Street should lobby Westminster City Council to adopt 'Section 106 Agreements' in relation to their area, just as Camden Council have done to protect and nurture the jewellery trade in Hatton Garden. These agreements were set up in the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990, and place restrictions on what developers can do with their property. You can read the details here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/8/section/106
For fuck sake. Can't they just leave well alone.
Luke Elwes commented
Artists need galleries, and galleries benefit from concentration. Any proposed redevelopment must preserve ground floor art galleries on protected leases, as has happened with tailors in Savile Row.
Barbara Mcgivern commented
this would destroy the art history of art in London as it is the first st I go to when I come into London. Thsi is such an important st and should not be changed.
Chris Stephens commented
Cork Street as a centre for art is part of London's heritage. Don't lose it!
Zoe Sperling commented
Save Cork Street!
Margherita Scassa Anselmetti commented
Olivia Hague commented
This would be devastating for the area
Do not destroy this important landmark for London's art scene.
PLEASE SAVE CORK STREET!
Richard Cork commented
Save Cork Street for art!
Lynn MacRitchie commented
The historic conjunction of the Royal Academy and the private galleries of Cork Street and the surrounding area is crucial to the character of this part of central London, as well as to the health of its art scene. Any development which jeopardises this would do immense danage and should be opposed.
What a disgusting idea !!
gladys nilsson commented
save cork street....an important part of the london art scene
Natasha Kumar commented
Disaster! And very short sighted...A massive rate increase is defnately not the answer in this climate - surely a compromise can be reached?
This street has allways been as important an institution as the British Museum for London culture.
Sladmore Gallery commented
Cork Street's character and reputation as the centre of London's Art Scene must be retained at all costs.
AUFFRET F commented
Save Cork Street and art galleries !
William Packer commented
Cork Street is the heart beat of London's art world as it has been for generations
Louise Riley-Smith commented
DON'T CLOSE CORK STREET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stuart Lochhead, Daniel Katz Limited commented
We strongly oppose any change to the galleries on Cork Street. Bond Street has already had most of the art galleries priced out or developed out with those remaining under constant threat. Dover Street is fast becoming another fashion shop street with the art galleries being pushed out. We don't need to concrete over the cultural heart of London with more of the same fashion shops and offices.