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An artist-run space is a gallery space run by artists, thus circumventing the structures of public and private galleries.
Artist-run spaces have become realised as an important factor in urban regeneration. This effect was particularly strong 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. Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist coined the term "The Glasgow Miracle" to describe this.
Examples of artist-run spaces include City Racing, BANK, studio1.1, Studio Voltaire, Cubitt and Auto Italia South East in London and island6 in Shanghai. In the last years many artist-run spaces started opening in South America, mostly in Brazil and Argentina, an example being APPETITE Gallery in Buenos Aires.
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles has a vibrant artist-run scene, as evidenced by an artist-run fair consisting of almost entirely artist-run spaces and initiatives in 2011 and 2012 Some of the current spaces as of 2012 are:
RAID Projects in Lincoln Heights
Actual Size, in Chinatown
Autonomie in Downtown
Control Room in the Arts District
Durden and Ray, an artist-led initiative with no fixed, permanent location in LA
JAUS, in Santa Monica
Monte Vista Projects in Highland Park
Summercamp's ProjectProject in San Fernando Valley
Weekend in Los Feliz
ART2102 published Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-Run Organizations in Los Angeles which documents the recent history of artist-run spaces in Los Angeles from 2003-2008, with contributions from eight artist-run projects.
New York City 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. 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. During the 1960s the Park Place Gallery became the first important contemporary gallery in SoHo. Park Place gallery was an artist-run cooperative that featured cutting-edge Geometric abstraction. 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.
Pierogi 2000, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is run by artist Joe Amrhein. The gallery puts on traditional exhibitions and also presents works on paper in an extensive system of flat files. Viewers can look through hundreds of individual artists’ portfolios of works on paper contained within the flat file drawers. These files travel for exhibition at other venues in the United States and abroad.
Momenta Art is an artist-run nonprofit institution also in Williamsburg. Momenta Art shows work by emerging artists that are not well represented in commercial galleries. It has an annual fundraiser which is a benefit group exhibition and raffle. The fundraiser has been hosted regularly by White Columns, another non-profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging artists.
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.
Manhattan Graphics Center (MGC), located in the West Village, is run by artist volunteers and offers artists printmaking studios and classes. In a cooperative system artists can also use the facility in exchange for administrative work. Manhattan Graphics Center also exhibits the work of artists who have used the facility.
The Kitsch Gallery is an artist-run space located in San Francisco's Mission District. It was founded in 2009 by three students, Nikki Mirsaeid, Taj Robinson, and Myrina Tunberg at the San Francisco Art Institute and University of San Francisco. Kitsch was voted Best New Warehouse Space of 2010 by SF Weekly. Artists who have been presented or exhibited at Kitsch include Tania De Rozario, Alex Braubach, Boyz IV Men, Ryan Coffey, Dean Dempsey, Henry Gunderson, Greg Ito, Warren Thomas King, and Cal Volner-Dison.
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. In 2006, the gallery moved to Regent Studios in Andrews Road, London.
studio1.1 was founded as a co-operative in 2003 and is run by artists Michael Keenan and Keran James. The gallery is an artist-run, not-for-profit space, located in a former sex shop in Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, East London.
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Many artist-run spaces exist across Australia. Below is a list of spaces by Australian cities.
Accidentally Annie Street, Addition, Boxcopy, Current Project, Diagram, The Fort, The Hold Artspace, Inbetween Spaces, Independent Press, Jugglers, Level, Love Love, Nine Lives, The Maximilian, proppaNOW, The Wandering Room
Anyplace, Articulate project space, At The Vanishing Point, Bill + George, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Collective, Chalkhorse, Das Projects (Das SuperPaper), DB Projects, Ded Space, Eastern Bloc, ESP, Factory 49, Firstdraft, FraserStudios, China Heights, gaffa, Galleryeight, Index, International Noise, Kaleidoscope, Kudos, Locksmith, Match Box Projects, Mils, Monstrosity, MOP Projects, The Paper Mill, Paper Plane, Peloton, Quarterbred, The Red Rattler Theatre, runway, Serial Space, SLAMstudio, SLOT, SNO, Squatspace, TAP, Tortuga Studios, The Ultimo Project
Yarra Sculpture Gallery 69 Smith Street, arc Yinnar, Blindside, BUS Projects, C3, Conduit Arts Initiative, Conical Inc, Cowwarr, Hell, Kings, Knight St Art Space, Loop, Odessa Creative Space, Off The Kerb, Platform artists group, Seventh Gallery, TCB, Tape Projects, West Space
6A.N.I.C.A., Breadbox, Gotham Studios, Jacksue, Paper Mountain, Spiral, The Terminal, Verge
FELTspace, Two Percent, Fontanelle, Format
Immanence is an artist-run space located in Paris Montparnasse. It was founded in 1998 by two artists, Cannelle Tanc and Frédéric Vincent. Since the opening in January 25, 2000, this very active artist-run space have organize more of 100 exhibitions. In particular the first Edouard Levé's Exhibition, "Rêves Reconstitué" in 2000, a carte blanche to Jean-Marc Bustamante a solo show of Eric Corne, "Le plus plus grand piano du monde " Goran Vejvoda, "readonlymemories" Grégory Chatonsky, "men crying" Gulsun Karamustafa, "Au-tour de Robert Filliou, Cover record. In 2008, The center of research and documentation around artist book, Archive Station open with a big exhibition of artists books since this opening, Immanence have made lot of exhibition with artists book in particular something else press and around in 2010.
The two main artist-run spaces from Buenos Aires were Belleza y Felicidad and APPETITE, both set the standards for emerging art in Argentina. Belleza y Felicidad was an underground space that had a small but loyal crowd of followers. 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.
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