Artist-run space

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An artist-run space is a gallery or other facility operated or directed by artists, frequently circumventing the structures of public art centers, museums, or commercial galleries and allowing for a more experimental program. Artist-run space_sentence_0

Argentina Artist-run space_section_0

The two main artist-run spaces from Buenos Aires were Belleza y Felicidad and APPETITE, both set the standards for emerging art in Argentina. Artist-run space_sentence_1

APPETITE was a gallery was the first Argentinian gallery to be accepted at Frieze, London, and encouraged a lot of galleries to its San Telmo barrio. Artist-run space_sentence_2

Australia Artist-run space_section_1

Main article: Australian artist-run initiatives Artist-run space_sentence_3

Many artist-run spaces exist in Australia. Artist-run space_sentence_4

These spaces are often provided with funding assistance by government and state funding bodies. Artist-run space_sentence_5

Notable examples of current or recent artist-run projects and spaces include: Artist-run space_sentence_6

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Canada Artist-run space_section_2

Main article: Canadian artist-run centres Artist-run space_sentence_7

Artist-run centre is the common term of use for artist-initiated and managed organizations in Canada. Artist-run space_sentence_8

Centres follow the not-for-profit arts organization model, do not charge admission fees, are non-commercial and de-emphasize the selling of work. Artist-run space_sentence_9

The centres were created originally in response to a lack of opportunity to present contemporary work in Canada and a desire to network with other artists nationally and internationally. Artist-run space_sentence_10

In the 1990s there were over 100 artist-run centres across Canada. Artist-run space_sentence_11

There are currently at least 60 artist-run centres with continuous operating funding. Artist-run space_sentence_12

The primary source of funding for artist-run centres is the Canada Council which has a specific program of two-year operating support for artist-run centres. Artist-run space_sentence_13

Most centres also receive funding from the Provincial governments, most of which have an arts council to financially assist individual artists and arts organizations. Artist-run space_sentence_14

Centres may also receive funding from their local municipal or city governments. Artist-run space_sentence_15

Centres sometimes will secure funding for specific projects from corporations that manage lottery earnings or public and private foundations. Artist-run space_sentence_16

Centres have tended not to pursue individual sponsors or patrons, neither corporations nor individuals, in part because they are in a critical relationship with the traditional and established art system of museums which have the resources to pursue that type of support. Artist-run space_sentence_17

Ireland Artist-run space_section_3

Although varying widely in structure, contemporary spaces like Ormston House, Pallas Projects, Sample-Studios, and 126 Artist-run Gallery have all emerged in the Republic of Ireland in the last 25 years. Artist-run space_sentence_18

Following the Financial crisis of 2007–2008, a number of Irish cities experienced high levels of commercial vacancies. Artist-run space_sentence_19

Annette Moloney, curator and author of Art in Slack Spaces (2010), "notes that artists [were] increasingly making use of the recession as an opportunity to use vacant shops." Artist-run space_sentence_20

At this time, artist initiated projects like The Complex, Block T, Basic Space, The Joinery, and This is Not a Shop, availed of such spaces in Dublin, while Occupy Space, Ormston House, Raggle Taggle Consortium, and Faber Studios appeared in Limerick. Artist-run space_sentence_21

Additionally, Basement Project Space, and Sample-Studios/Tactic in Cork, as well as 126 and projects by Engage Art Studios in Galway appeared more or less simultaneously. Artist-run space_sentence_22

In 2015, 126 published FOOTFALL: Articulating the Value of Artist Led Organisations in Ireland. Artist-run space_sentence_23

The Future is Self-Organised – Artist-Run Spaces was an exhibition curated by Pallas Projects at the Limerick City Gallery of Art. Artist-run space_sentence_24

A number of artist-run spaces and projects from Ireland and abroad were represented, as well as artists whom have worked with Pallas over its 20 year history, in this 2015–16 exhibition. Artist-run space_sentence_25

Pallas then co-published, with Onomatopee, Artist-Run Europe: Practice/Projects/Spaces later in 2016. Artist-run space_sentence_26

It is a collection of experiences, and essays by various artist-run projects in Europe. Artist-run space_sentence_27

Mexico Artist-run space_section_4

Bikini Wax is an experimental project in Mexico City of exhibitions, events, parties, and lectures that was started in the house of the artists. Artist-run space_sentence_28

La Feria de la Acción (The Action Fair) was an artist-run fair that ran parallel to Zona Maco and Material Art Fair in Mexico City in 2020. Artist-run space_sentence_29

It showed only interactive, relational, or performative works. Artist-run space_sentence_30

New Zealand Artist-run space_section_5

A number of artist-run spaces have flourished throughout New Zealand since the 1990s. Artist-run space_sentence_31

Some have been short-lived, whereas others have secured long-term funding and been operating for more than a decade. Artist-run space_sentence_32

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United Kingdom Artist-run space_section_6

Artist-run spaces had a particularly strong effect on urban regeneration in Glasgow, where the city won the accolade 'European Capital of Culture' in 1990 largely due to the large number of artist-run exhibition spaces and galleries, such as Transmission Gallery. Artist-run space_sentence_33

Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist coined the term "The Glasgow Miracle" to describe this. Artist-run space_sentence_34

East London has continued to house a number of artist-run spaces. Artist-run space_sentence_35

In Shoreditch, London Charles Thomson founded the Stuckism International Gallery in 2002 warehouse. Artist-run space_sentence_36

The last show there was in 2004. Artist-run space_sentence_37

The Transition Gallery was founded in October 2002 in a converted garage close to Victoria Park, Hackney, London, and is run by artists Cathy Lomax and Alex Michon to show work by established and new contemporary artists. Artist-run space_sentence_38

In 2016, the artist-run project Auto Italia South East relocated to Bethnal Green after programming and producing artists work nomadically in donated or squatted buildings since 2007. Artist-run space_sentence_39

studio1.1 was founded as a co-operative in 2003 and is run by artists Michael Keenan and Keran James. Artist-run space_sentence_40

The gallery is an artist-run, not-for-profit space, located in a former sex shop in Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, East London. Artist-run space_sentence_41

Northern Ireland Artist-run space_section_7

Catalyst Arts is based directly on Transmission, and in turn inspired 126 in Galway. Artist-run space_sentence_42

Artcetera, PS², Platform, and the Belfast Print Workshop are all other artist-run spaces in Belfast. Artist-run space_sentence_43

United States Artist-run space_section_8

Chicago Artist-run space_section_9

Chicago has a long tradition of artist-run spaces and projects dating back to the late 1800s. Artist-run space_sentence_44

In 1876 artist D. Knight Carter founded Vincennes Gallery of Fine Arts which was reorganized in 1880, by Frank C. Bromley, Henry Arthur Elkins along with other artist to establish a permanent gallery and residency for studio artists. Artist-run space_sentence_45

In 1930, artist Increase Robinson ran a studio gallery in her Dianna Court Studio where she exhibited both her own work and the work of others. Artist-run space_sentence_46

The Hyde Park Art Center was established in 1939 and still produces programming. Artist-run space_sentence_47

And the Contemporary Art Workshop established in 1950 by Jack and Lynn Kearney, Leon Golub, Cosmo Campoli, Ray Fink, Al Kwitz and held programming through 2009. Artist-run space_sentence_48

In 1984, the exhibition Alternative Spaces curated by Lynne Warren at the Museum of Contemporary Art catalogued the scores of artists and artists' spaces to emerge in Chicago including a wave of alternative spaces that emerged from 1960s through 1984 including Artemisia Gallery (1973-2003), ARC Gallery (1973-), Gallery Bugs Bunny (1968-1972), N.A.M.E. Artist-run space_sentence_49

Gallery (1973-1997), NAB Gallery (1974-1984), Randolph Street Gallery (1979-1998), 1019 W. Lake St./Noise Factory (1981-1985), W.P.A. Artist-run space_sentence_50

Gallery (1981-?) Artist-run space_sentence_51

and Axe Street Arena (1985-1989). Artist-run space_sentence_52

One the factors contributing to the demise of the artist run spaces in Chicago in the late 1980s, was the reduction of public funding for artists and for the arts. Artist-run space_sentence_53

In 2009, Artist-run Chicago was mounted by the Hyde Park Art Center and featured notable artist-run spaces operating between the late 1990s an 2009 including 1/Quarterly (2002-2004), artLedge (2004-2006), Butchershop (1997-2008), Co-Prosperity Sphere (2006-), devening projects + editions (2006-), Deluxe Projects (2003-2003), Dogmatic(1997-2008), joymore (2000-2003), Julius Caesar(2008-), Law Office(1999-2002), Margin Gallery(1999-1999), mini dutch (2007-2009), Modest Contemporary Art Projects (2000-2004), NFA Space (1996-2002), Normal Projects, Old Gold, Polvo (1998-2007), Roots & Culture (2006-), Standard (1999-2004), Suitable (1999-2005), Teti (2005-2007), The Suburban (1999-) and VONZWECK (2005-2008). Artist-run space_sentence_54

Los Angeles Artist-run space_section_10

Los Angeles has a tradition of artist run spaces dating back to at least the 1950s. Artist-run space_sentence_55

Chris Burden's Shoot piece took place in a space run by artist Barbara T. Smith. Artist-run space_sentence_56

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions was founded by several individuals including two artists. Artist-run space_sentence_57

, known for innovative, non-traditional approaches to exhibition making, was founded in Echo Park, Los Angeles by artist in 2012. Artist-run space_sentence_58

Currently Los Angeles has a vibrant artist-run scene, as evidenced by an artist-run fair called Other Places Art Fair (OPAF), consisting of almost entirely artist-run spaces and initiatives. Artist-run space_sentence_59

2010, ART2102 of Los Angeles published the book and an online directory, Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-Run Organizations in Los Angeles, which documents these initiatives from 2005–present. Artist-run space_sentence_60

New York Artist-run space_section_11

See also: 9th Street Art Exhibition and 10th Street galleries Artist-run space_sentence_61

During the 1950s in Manhattan, artist-run co-ops became the alternative to the uptown Madison Avenue galleries that catered mostly to wealthy blue-chip and European art-oriented collectors. Artist-run space_sentence_62

From the early 1950s to the early 1960s the Tenth Street galleries located mostly in the East Village in lower Manhattan became the proving ground for much of the contemporary art that achieved popularity and commercial success in the decades that followed. Artist-run space_sentence_63

During the 1960s, the Park Place Gallery became the first important contemporary gallery in SoHo. Artist-run space_sentence_64

Park Place gallery was an artist-run cooperative that featured cutting-edge Geometric abstraction. Artist-run space_sentence_65

Eventually, by the 1970s, SoHo became the new center for the New York art world as hundreds of commercial galleries opened in a sudden wave of artistic prosperity. Artist-run space_sentence_66

Contemporary artist-run galleries include: Artist-run space_sentence_67

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  • MINUS SPACE is an artist-run curatorial project devoted to reductive art. Minus Space maintains an exhibition space in Brooklyn and curates exhibitions at other venues nationally and internationally. Minus Space also has a location on the Internet enabling it to collaborate with other institutions. The website has a running log of related exhibitions and a chronology documenting the development of reductive and concept-based art.Artist-run space_item_2_4

San Francisco Artist-run space_section_12

Savernack Street is an artist-run micro-gallery located in San Francisco's Mission District created and curated by artist Carrie Sinclair Katz. Artist-run space_sentence_68

The gallery interior is inaccessible to visitors and artwork can only be viewed by looking through a reverse peephole located on the storefront. Artist-run space_sentence_69

The exhibitions usually feature a single piece of miniature artwork that appears larger or life sized when viewed through the peephole. Artist-run space_sentence_70

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