The 21st London-based Serpentine Pavilion, Black Chapel, has been designed by Chicago-based artist and designer Theaster Gates, with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates. Black Chapel has been conceived as a space for meditation where everybody is welcome. The project mirrors the artist’s ongoing engagement with ‘the vessel’ in his studio practice, and with space-making through his celebrated urban regeneration projects.

Black Chapel will become a platform for Serpentine’s live programme, offering reflection and connection to the public. Responding to Gates’ multidisciplinary practice using space, architecture, sculpture and material, guest curator Bianca A. Manu has partnered with the artist and the Serpentine curatorial team on a live programme centered around ideas of the sacred.