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Artist Talks + Events

Artspace offers artists’ talks, events and demonstrations in conjunction with our exhibitions.  All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


CALL TO ARTISTS // Carve Your Large-Scale Woodblock and Print with BIG INK’s Giant Mobile Press

BIG INK returns to host a weekend of large-scale woodblock printing at Artspace on April 17 + 18, 2021! We invite artists interested in carving a woodblock of at least 24 by 36 inches to participate. First, you submit a design for consideration. If selected, you’ll have two months to carve a woodblock based on your submission.


Artists can apply by submitting an online application. Requirements for consideration are the application form and a digital image. No prior printmaking experience is necessary and artists of all skill levels are encouraged to apply. You’ll learn the woodblock printmaking process through a combination of online and in-person instruction. All applications will be promptly acknowledged and considered. Please do not send application forms by mail, fax or e-mail.

BIG INK will transform the gallery at ARTSPACE into a print studio featuring The Big Tuna: our custom-designed giant mobile press. We’ll invite* the public to witness the spectacle of you and other participants printing together. Our events blend elements of a formal class and a maker fair. It’s a fun way to expand your skill set, meet other artists, and engage with the community. Bring your next big idea to life while participating in a one-of-a-kind art making bonanza!

Participation highlights include:

✔️ Woodblock Printmaking Online Master Class Access

✔️ Speedball Art Products Samples

✔️ Hands-on instruction during the event

✔️ Three impressions from your woodblock, all of which you get to keep

Event Location: 201 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Application Deadline: Midnight, February 8th, 2021
Event: April 17 + 18, 2021 (one day in attendance is required)
Max Woodblock Size: 40 by 96 inches
Cost:  It’s free to apply; accepted applicants pay $300 and will need to purchase their own wood panel to carve

*Safety is our top priority. We’ll adhere to local guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent Events

Luck of the Drawing // Friday, December 18 – 5-6:30pm

Join us for the live Luck of the Draw lottery drawing!

Cross Currents Virtual Reception // Saturday, November 28, 7pm

Join us for a virtual reception with music by artists Clyde and Catherine Edgerton, whose work is featured in Gallery 2 exhibition Cross Currents (Learn more about Cross Currents here.)

Luck of the Drink + Draw // Friday, November 27, 6-8pm

Join us for a virtual drink and draw with some of the Luck of the Draw participating artists. Draw along with the artists or just watch the creative process happen. Free and open to the public. Moderated by Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs.

Teaching at Artspace Info Session
FRI September 18, 1p

Join us at 1pm on September 18 to learn more about teaching at Artspace! Artspace offers both youth and adult classes throughout the year and we are always open to hearing from artists and arts educators who would like to become instructors.

This info session is an opportunity to learn about teaching at Artspace and ask Brittany Carlson, our Education and Outreach Manager, any questions you might have. This event is free and open to the public.

Summer Celebration
August 21

Join us (virtually) as we celebrate the artwork created in this year’s Summer Art Camps! Though we are unable to meet in person for the Summer Celebration this year, it is important to us to celebrate and showcase the work of all the young artists who participated in our virtual summer art camps. Submitted student artwork will be presented in a virtual exhibition on August 21 that can be shared with friends and family near and far!

Music by Katherine Whalen
FRI March 6, 7-9p

Katherine Whalen will be performing from 7-9p on First Friday, March 6, here at Artspace!

Curator Talk // Hairstory + Domestic Demise
SAT February 22, 12pm

Get the inside scoop on exhibitions Hairstory and Domestic Demise and join us for a guided tour of Galleries 1 + 2 with our Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee. Free!

Volunteer Info Session
SAT February 22, 1-2pm

Looking for creative ways to volunteer? Join us for a Volunteer Information Session to learn about our volunteer program and upcoming volunteer opportunities for our Summer Art Camps, First Fridays, school field trips, docent program + more!

You can fill out a volunteer information form to receive more information or sign up to start volunteering right away!

Feel free to join us before the information session for a guided tour of our exhibitions by Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee. Annah will walk visitors through Gallery 1 exhibition, Hairstory and Gallery 2 exhibition, Domestic Demise.