In keeping with the area’s artisanal past, Nicholas Road is set to be transformed in 2019 with the introduction of a brand-new public sculpture park. Dotted along a newly-pedestrianised, tree-lined avenue, eight stunning pieces of public art will join Alex Da Cunha’s MIX (2012) – a monumental work comprising a reclaimed lorry mixer drum on a poured concrete plinth. The piece was commissioned by the Monsoon Art Collection and is on display outside the Yellow Building. The Monsoon Art Collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art including a significant selection of work from Central and South America, Africa and Asia. It was established by Monsoon and Accessorize founder Peter Simon in 2000.
This urban campus will also feature a new F & B offer on the ground floor of The George Building with external seating spilling out into the grassy areas with full WIFI access, creating an inspiring outdoor working space and a quiet spot to unwind. A purpose-built self-contained 5,000 sq ft gym will be making the White Building home with a mixture of exercise and relaxation classes.
Just around the corner on Olaf Street, art lovers will find the Frestonian Gallery, located in the gorgeous Victorian redbrick People’s Hall. Best known as a focal point for the Republic of Frestonia in the 1970s and 1980s, the hall became a creative hub for writers, artists, musicians and cultural activists. Thirty years later, the Frestonian Gallery continues to channel a little bit of this remarkable community’s rebellious freedom of expression.
The creation of the new Nicholas Road sculpture park and The George Building's beautiful art displays would not be possible without the generosity of the Monsoon Art Collection.
This wide-ranging collection of some of the very best in international contemporary artwork is housed at the Monsoon Accessorize headquarters in the Yellow Building and features more than 300 pieces of art, spanning painting, sculpture, photography, video and textiles.
First established by Peter Simon in 2000, with iconic pieces such as Kimsooja's Bottari Truck (1997), David Hammons' African American Flag (1990) and Alighiero Boetti's Mappa del Mundo (1988), the collection draws its inspiration from Monsoon’s own history of ethical trading and support for local craftspeople in Asia, Afghanistan and India. Consequently, many of the collection’s pieces explore themes of cultural exchange, travel and identity by artists from around the world, including Francis Alys, Seydou Keita, Gabriel Orozco and Akram Zaatari.
This is a vibrant campus, where you’ll find an exciting blend of cool brands, fine art and first-rate amenities. Notting Dale Campus is less than a 10 minute walk from the world-class Westfield London retail centre and multiple transport links such as Shepherds Bush Rail and Underground stations.