“We do not allow any unpaid internships or positions on any project at the Serpentine,” a spokesperson for the gallery told Dezeen.
“Junya Ishigami + Associates are now aware of the Serpentine’s policy that all positions working on the Serpentine Pavilion 2019 must be paid.”
A row erupted last week after it was revealed that Ishigami’s Tokyo studio has been seeking unpaid interns.
Serpentine confirms architects are paid a fee
Yesterday the London gallery told Dezeen it was “in touch” with the architect. Today it confirmed that the architecture practice had agreed to abide by the rule.
The gallery has also clarified its policy regarding payment of architects that design the pavilion.
“The architect is paid a fee in line with artists in our exhibition programmes,” it said, adding that travel costs are also paid.
“We don’t reveal the project costs of individuals commissions. The Serpentine Pavilion is a not-for-profit project and a hugely ambitious undertaking for the Gallery each year.
“Without the support of sponsors, in-kind supporters, and the sale of the structure to recoup a portion of these costs it would not be possible to realise.”
Serpentine Pavilion is an eagerly awaited architecture commission
The contemporary art gallery, which was established in 1970, began commissioning architects in 2000 to build a summer pavilion next to the Grade-II listed tea pavilion it occupies in Kensington Gardens.
British-Iranian architect Zaha Hadid designed the first Serpentine Pavilion, in what was originally a one-off project to design a space to host an anniversary fund-raising gala.
It has since become one of the most eagerly anticipated annual architecture commissions and is given each year to an architect who has not previously built in the UK.
Japan has “long history” of unpaid interns
“In Japan have a long history of interns and usually the students work for free for several periods. It’s a nice opportunity for both of us,” Fujimoto said.
“In my office there are many, many interns – especially from abroad… In Japan we don’t yet have much discussion as to whether it is good or bad.”
Ishigami was announced as the architect of this year’s pavilion in February. The structure, which the architect describes as Ishigami describes his design as being like “a hill made out of rocks,” will be completed in early summer and will remain throughout the summer as a cafe and event space.
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