First Friday


Apr 01 2022


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

First Friday

April First Friday // April 1, 6–10pm

Join us for an epic April First Friday celebrating Dreamville Festival and hip-hop culture. Browse our three exhibitions, create your own abstract string painting during a free guided art activity and enjoy a street art painting demo by Lord Phly at our Davie Street entrance.

Outside Artspace (208 Wolfe St), showcase your dance skills in an open style cypher hosted by Raleigh Rockers for your chance to win a $100 prize. Or express yourself through rap, poetry and beats in a community cypher hosted by Cypher Univercity. Our April First Friday outdoor activities are supported by Historic City Market.

Above, l-r: Lord Phly painting, Cypher Univercity, Raleigh Rockers

More on the exhibitions:

Gallery 1: Zipporah Camille Thompson // shape shifting Through April 14

Approaching craft traditions with an improvisational, imaginative wild and speculative futuristic approach, the work explores the body, otherness, and identity via hybrid landscapes. Composite landscapes combine highly tactile disparate materials such as wild woven textiles, fired clay, felted wool, paper pulp, handspun cord, plastic, and foraged objects. Tension and force unite discordant ephemera into handwoven cloth representing intimate processes of metamorphosis.  

Gallery 2: Carson Whitmore // Ex Residence, Through April 24

After completing her Artspace Regional Emerging Artist Residency in January 2021, Carson Whitmore has completed a body of work in direct response to her experiences during quarantine.   Whitmore has long been fascinated with found objects that provide narrative engagement both within and removed from their original context.  During her months at home on her farm in rural NC, Whitmore began to explore her immediate surroundings in new ways.  She created a series of quilts that cover the entire face of her home and displayed them in situ.  Taken out of the context of their referenced environment,  these monumental works speak more broadly to our collective experience of home and it’s shifting meaning during a global pandemic.  

Upfront Gallery: Wiley Johnson + Rachard McIntyre // Across the Spectrum, Through April 30

This exhibition looks at two NC artists on the autism spectrum. Wiley Johnson (Raleigh) uses paint and color to create expressive paintings that capture the essence of the spaces he observes, Rachard McIntyre (Wilmington) finds inspiration in history and the natural environment, often incorporating words in his drawn portraits of famous figures and events. 

In the Building //  

Corridors: Gab Corter (Studio 108), Jennifer Clifton, Tonya Thornton