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|New Saatchi Gallery Set for South Bank
- Art patron plans big prize, too
CHARLES SAATCHI is set to open a big new art gallery on London's South Bank.
Saatchi, whose financial muscle has helped power BritArt, is looking to use County Hall, the former home of the Greater London Council, as a venue for showing his collection of thousands of mostly contemporary pieces.
The gallery is scheduled to open for business sometime in March, probably with a retrospective of work by Damien Hirst, one of the artists who has benefited most from Saatchi's patronage.
Saatchi also plans to launch a rival to the Turner Prize, until now Britain's premier art award whose prize winner is handed UKP30,000. Saatchi's prize is rumoured to be UKP40,000.
Once open, the Saatchi gallery will make possible a wonderful riverside walk for art lovers. More or less opposite County Hall on the north bank of the Thames is Tate Britain, while along the south bank to the east is the Tate Modern.