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Last Updated: Friday, 10 October, 2003, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Public convenience for artists
The Toilet Gallery
The gallery will show young artists' work
It is not quite the Loo-vre but Britain's newest gallery has been opened in a converted public toilet.

The Toilet Gallery was revealed by Gilbert and George, described as the godfathers of Britart, who have caused controversy with their works focussing on bodily functions.

The two artists helped launch the converted public loo in Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London, on Thursday, which will showcase young artists across Britain.

"For most of the last century, the toilet in Clarence Street provided a vital public service for many people in Kingston," said the gallery's founder Paul Stafford.

"We hope the unique setting for this new art space will keep an historic civic building in business well into the 21st Century.

"And, unlike the old days, a visit to The Toilet Gallery won't even cost you a penny".

The gallery will exhibit film, video and performance art, as well as showing postgraduate work from the major art schools in the country.

The opening show is by Antoinette Hachler, sponsored by the Swiss Embassy.

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