Space Studio and Gallery owner and curator Sarah Williams is excited to announce that Space will be offering something bigger, better and different in 2019. With a new venue secured at 66 Taupo Quay, this prominent corner site with St. Hill Street offers three exhibition galleries, and a host of options for an events space. The exhibition programme will be able to deliver much more with two viewing galleries available for established artists with solo or group shows to exhibit for two weeks, and a third pop-up gallery available for emerging artists with a weekly exhibition schedule. Ms Williams says, “The last six years has seen a building of trust and reputation in Whanganui. I have become more confident in what I can deliver for the artists, with a real belief that the Space experience has significant credibility within our creative community. Over time I have been able to experiment with ideas and have developed a clear vision that I can represent artists on a much bigger scale”.

The business model change enables greater opportunities for nationwide promotion with continued development of the Space Studio and Gallery website and social media platforms which have performed increasingly well. “Space is in a good position to showcase Whanganui artists nationally, enabling us to continue providing locals with the opportunity to interact with artists, as well as ensuring that a wider audience can engage with the talent that exists here”, said Ms Williams.

Since Space announced its closure in April some transformational conversations have occurred with key stakeholders, business and creative partners. This process highlighted how significant Space has been to the community and generated ideas that enabled a clear business plan for something new to emerge. Ms Williams says, “There is an aspect of the new model which honours the relationship that we’ve developed with the artists, particularly those who have exhibited consecutively at Space. This means that there will be value added to established artists with Space moving toward becoming a dealer gallery which will offer a variety of additional services to enhance the Space experience”.

The exhibition programme will kick off on 16 February next year. Expressions of interest for exhibitions and pop-up shows are available now and Ms Williams invites interested artists to make bookings. The studio spaces for artists will continue at the current upstairs location at 64 Taupo Quay. There are still some studio spots available, and Ms Williams is happy to announce that her current studio artists are continuing on with her into the new year. Events like the ever-popular Night Market will continue, with opportunities available for a more diverse programme of musical performances, creative activities, and venue hire options at the new location. The corner site sits prominently within the Old Town Precinct and the Arts Quarter, as well as being en route in the recently developed shared pathway. Opening hours will also be increasing in 2019 meaning enhanced accessibility for locals and visitors alike. “It is my hope that the community will continue to support Space in its newest and most exciting phase yet. I look forward to delivering so much more with our community in the next year”.

To learn more about what is on offer next year click Exhibitions at Space Flyer 2019

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