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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.

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      • John HowkinsJohn Howkins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Enabling commercial galleries to survive is as important as supporting non-profit art institutions, both for Londoners and for London's reputation.

      • ailsaailsa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a piece of London's culture; an area where art afficionados visit because they recognise it hosts some of the City's major art galleries and it should not be lost to yet more clothing outlets.

      • Peter NahumPeter Nahum commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Art Trade is a very important earner of foreign currency for the UK. It is also part of the rich culture of this country. Furthermore it lists amongst many of its members some of the greatest expertise in art this country possesses. The auction houses commercially have done their best to destroy the art trade and the above businesses, but paradoxically rely on this eminent group to supply expertise.

        Contrary to most conceptions, few members of the art trade earn great profits and these businesses are very recession prone. The UK cannot afford to lose them. The fashion trade, who are the intended replacement for the art trade in Cork Street, earn between 1000 and 2000% on their merchandise, in comparison to the Art Trade's average of about 30-40%. Thus the fashion business always squeezes out the art trade when times are hard or when in competition for premises.

        Thus to let an avaricious hedge fund destroy one of the UK's most important streets, where buyers come from all over the world, students come to learn and expertise is dispensed freely cannot be the right way forward or in any “good” for the UK. Gordon Brown no longer rules the treasury, thank heavens.

      • Alexia TalaAlexia Tala commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Cork Street has been for many years a landmark of Art galleries It is well know for it in the Uk and abroad aswell. Considerning New York, Berlin and London the centers of the internatiional art scene and taking into account that we are at a time where biennials and art fairs are increasingly appearing all around the world, how can even be considered to loose the tradition of Cork street?????

      • Katharine ReidKatharine Reid commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We need to maintain all the art galleries we can ....Cork Street is one of the best groups of independent galleries. Retail shopping should stay in Bond Street.....no closer.

      • Keith PrattKeith Pratt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My group of sculptors are regular visitors to the galleries in Cork Street.
        Thiis is an important cultural heritage and to loose it would be a blow to
        Art community.

      • Jennifer SkilbeckJennifer Skilbeck commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Those responsible should think about what they will feel most proud of when they look back at the end of their career, and what they will regret....

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