Hungry for Art? Pop-up with us in North Raleigh!

imageThis Thursday, Artspace opens a Pop-up studio for ten weeks at North Hills Mall. In it, we will do all of the cool things we typically do at the space we’ve occupied in downtown Raleigh since 1986: be a haven for artists at every stage of their careers, offer classes in a range of media for all ages—including underserved youth—taught by professional artists, and exhibit thought-provoking works of art that happen to also be for sale.

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Youth creating a mural during the 2012 Artspace Summer Arts Program.

Pop-up shops and galleries have been a trend in American cities and rural areas alike since the turn of this century. These non-permanent spaces come about because of the ready availability of empty commercial space and a desire to offer new products or services while they are still new and interest is high, without having to wait through the process of establishing a long-term business plan or commercial lease.

For our purposes, we want to expand access to the arts beyond our current constituents. We want more citizens from every corner of Raleigh, and even the Triangle region, to feel the rush of curiosity/confusion/joy that comes from being engaged in the process of creating art.

Food trucks are a pop-up version of a restaurant. Last week, a kind and connected colleague grabbed me a sandwich from American Meltdown. As I opened the sandwich, a friend noted its deliciousness and asked, “where is that restaurant!?” I said, it’s down the street right now, but it won’t be for long, because it’s on wheels!” I’d seen their truck in Durham the weekend before, near an Easter egg hunt with hundreds of children and their parents. Food trucks can be readily responsive to the ever-changing locations of hungry crowds.

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Shannon and Erik Newby, Ethnographic, installation detail at Pop-up space, 2013.

Artspace exists to inspire creativity, and this Pop-up is our way of presenting our dynamic studio environment to new audiences that don’t even know how hungry they are for art-YET.

We are hoping, between April 18 and June 29, to share with shoppers and residents of North Raleigh that visual art is for everyone-not just on First Friday, and not just some remote idea shared only in museums and colleges, separate from our everyday reality. Art is not just something that hangs over your couch or is reproduced in a thick coffee-table book.

This Pop-up is the first of many-we plan to bring our model of sharing process and access to art and artists at many other temporary spaces throughout the Triangle.

Many of our member artists, including Alia El-Bermani and Eric McRay, will do demonstrations of their artistic process in the space. Shannon Newby collaborates with her husband Erik on an interactive window installation, Ethnographic 2013Member artist Kiki Farish is creating an installation in the restroom, with the message that art truly is everywhere in life, a mindset that we live by.

The following Artspace Artists Association members and community artists are exhibiting work at the Pop-up:

Kiki Farish, Restroom installation detail, Artspace Pop-up

Kiki Farish, Restroom installation detail, Artspace Pop-up

Paris Alexander
Susan Brabeau
Ryan Cummings
Emily Howard*
Gerry Lynch
Cat Manolis
Susan Martin
Anna Podris*
Tim Postell*
Lisa Stroud
Anthony Ulinski

The artists with asterisks by their names are also teaching a class for youth on a Saturday at the space.

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About Annah Lee

Annah Lee is the Director of Artistic Programs at Artspace.

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