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System Gallery

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Artist-led volunteer-ran independent art gallery on the second floor of Bar Loco in the heart of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Proud to support early-career and emerging artists in the Northeast by offering exhibition space.

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  • charity

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System Gallery
22-24 Leazes Park Road
NE1 4PG Newcastle Upon Tyne 54° 58' 32.0736" N, 1° 37' 5.0052" W
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Invisible

Invisible

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Through its partnership with The People’s Kitchen, the System Gallery will hand-out disposable cameras to people living in Newcastle without homes. Throughout 2017, the participants of the project are encouraged to use the cameras to document their lives and capture everyday moments. A selection of these photographs will then be developed, printed and framed to form an exhibition to be held at the System Gallery in late 2017, this exhibition will then travel throughout several venues in Newcastle.

The aim of INVISIBLE is to help people affected by homelessness to reconnect with the wider society through photography. INVISIBLE seeks to make their lives visible, only shown from their own point of view.

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  • charity

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System Gallery
Leazes Park Terrace
NE1 4PG Newcastle Upon Tyne 54° 58' 32.0736" N, 1° 37' 5.0052" W
GB

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2017

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Ausstellungsraum bautzner69

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Non-commercial exhibition space for photography and installation

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  • other

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Bautzner Str. 69
01099 Dresden 51° 3' 49.0032" N, 13° 45' 30.2184" E
DE

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2003

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SCHNEEEULE

schneeeule silke nowak

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Schneeeule is a project space based in Berlin and run by Matti Bergmann and Silke Nowak. Founded in 2012, Schneeeule is a space for exhibitions, screenings and lectures with varying locations.

The venue for the first couple events was a salesroom in the Berlin Carré, located at Alexanderplatz in Berlin-Mitte. Ever since various venues were used for the following events – such as a garden, a bar or a cultural center.

In order to meet a large scope of different approaches towards exhibition making, Schneeeule is dedicated to collaboration, and thus invites different artists as well as curators.

Another objective of Schneeeule is to present concealed positions, especially female artists, by making them visible and give them space for a public debate. Showing Verena Pfisterer’s work for instance, led to an increased attention of her artistic position within the contemporary art context. Further exhibitions and screenings featured paintings, drawings and films by Verena Schirz-Jahn, Coleen Fitzgibbon and Annabel Nicolson.

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  • co-operative

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Prinzenallee 80
13357 Berlin 52° 33' 16.038" N, 13° 22' 46.9308" E
DE

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2012

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Centrum

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Centrum is a contemporary art space in the Flughafenkiez district of Neukölln, Berlin. Formerly used as a retail store and brothel, Centrum’s exhibition space is not a pure white cube, but owes its specific character to its tiled floor composed of red ceramic and gray stone tiles, and from the large shop window looking out into the street. Artists have in the past on several occasions produced works and installations that were inspired by these characteristics and by the history of the space.
Centrum since 2009 has collaborated with various artists and has developed a series of experimental projects, including a festival of video installations and film screenings, and performances. Some projects were shown outside the exhibition space and in collaboration with other artist-run initiatives.
Centrum offers a platform for the discourses in and around contemporary art as well as the opportunity to meet other artists through artist talks, lectures, and film screenings.

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  • other

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Situated in the so-called 'Flughafenkiez' (airport neighbourhood), in walking distance to Berlin's former airport Tempelhofer Feld, the space was formerly used as a dog shelter, café, and finally, until 2009, as a bar and brothel. In 2009 the space was refurbished and a large shop window towards the street was installed by Centrum's founding directors, Kate Squires and David Moynihan, before the exhibition space officially opened in 2010.

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Centrum
Reuterstrasse 7
12053 Berlin 52° 28' 55.308" N, 13° 25' 45.984" E
DE

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2009

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The Russian Club Gallery

The Russian Club Gallery

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The Russian Club (named after the site's previous incarnation as a Russian pool room and bar) was set-up as an art gallery and commercial fashion photography studios in 2008. The gallery was programmed by artist Matt Golden and focussed on pairing artists for exhibitions, as well as a small number of group shows with invited curators. The gallery was funded by the commercial photographic studios and the kind and generous effort of each of the exhibiting artists.

Golden ended the gallery programme in 2012 but has since curated Russian Club exhibitions at Annely Juda Fine Art and artists commissions in Rollacoaster Magazine.

The Russian Club continues to run as commercial photography studios as well as being the artistic base for Matt and Natsue Golden.

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  • other

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Mechanics workshop / pool rooms and bar

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The Russian Club
Kingsland Road
E8 4DA London 51° 32' 24.3564" N, 0° 4' 34.626" W
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2008

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2012

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Eastville Project Space

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Located on the top floor of an old glove making factory, Eastville Project Space is a multi-functional space includes a studio for multi-media production, a residency space for all kind of creative projects, an exhibition/event/project space for showing.

We are a creative hub for artistic collaboration, where artists and curators can develop and produce innovative projects that are relevant to the their audiences.
We offer residency programme, exhibitions, public events, networking and workshops. We also host Yeovil Hackerspace http://eastvilleproject.org.uk/category/yeovil-hacker-space/

The Eastville Project Space aims to:

Create a hub for artists at local, national and international levels to develop new work in a supportive and stimulating environment.
Encourage artistic and curatorial collaborations between artists, audiences and the Eastville Project Space.
Support the development of socially engaging practices. Develop work that has a strong reflection of place and people.
Strengthen the arts and cultural infrastructure in Yeovil and Somerset through a new project that engages with artistic communities and audiences in a unique social landscape.

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  • unincorporated organisation

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A former gloves making factory by Messrs W Tavener & Son since 1940s. http://www.yeovilhistory.info/tavener-gloves.htm

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For the latest event, please visit http://eastvilleproject.org.uk/category/event/

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2/F Thorne House
Eastville
BA21 4JD Yeovil , SOM 50° 56' 40.164" N, 2° 37' 24.2076" W
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  • open plan

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2014

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The Penthouse

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An independent not for profit artist led work and project space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. A place for making, doing and sharing by artists Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp.

The Penthouse is the place to get your heads and hands dirty with ideas and new beginnings which fly from our rooftops directly into the city around us and beyond.

The Penthouse is the permanent studio base of Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp.

Noise Above Noise was borne of The Penthouse- described as

“Performance series Noise Above Noise elevates Manchester’s underground scene to the fifth floor of a tower block”. Frances Morgan- The Wire.

“The Penthouse, found on the top floor of a 1960s office block at the less-saturated edge of the Northern Quarter, is not your average exhibition space. Formed by Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp in late 2012, the studio offers access to the duo’s workspace, used by a variety of creatives to generate multi-sensory experiences, with an emphasis on the divergent and unique…The hands on environment is unlike any other in the city, and encourges experimentation like nowhere else”. Charlotte Davies- The Skinny.

Our main project of 2016 focuses on the effect of space and place on artistic production with dedicated artist residencies at The Penthouse and a public seminar on the subject Sept 2016. Email or tweet us for appointment- we aren’t usually open outside of public events which are advertised via website.

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Hilton House was built in 1961- designed by architect Richard Seifert who was the architect on famous projects such as Euston Station and Centre Point, London. Originally built as home for Manchester Polytechnic's Lighting and Drama Department it later became a a fashion showroom at ground level and housed a family school uniform business. Ran by the same family who owed the school uniform business the building is now home to a bar on ground level and is of mixed use on other levels. The Penthouse have occupied the top level of the building since 2012.

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The Penthouse
26 - 28 Hilton Street Top Floor, Hilton House
M1 2EH Manchester 53° 28' 50.718" N, 2° 13' 55.6284" W
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2012

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RUN

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RUN was a non-for-profit curatorial collective based in London, UK. RUN was initially established as a peripatetic project space in Berlin, Germany in 2006. From January 2007 until July 2008 RUN occupied a permanent location on Tudor Grove, Hackney, London.

Central to our mission was the development of projects that fostered partnerships between established and emerging practitioners across disciplines within the wider cultural landscape. RUN strived to facilitate collaboration by operating within a non-hierarchal framework that endeavoured to promote debate, innovation, sharing of information and experience for all involved. RUN projects encompassed different formats such as lectures, publications and record releases in a move to engage with a larger and more diverse audience.

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RUN
24 Tudor Grove
E9 7QL London 51° 32' 20.5332" N, 0° 3' 14.958" W
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2006

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2009

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Plan 9

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Plan 9 was an contemporary art initiative run by artists, curators and writers between 2005 to 2010.

Plan 9 members have included Chris Barr, Kayle Brandon, Rachel Butcher, Rob Chavasse, Nim-Jo Chung, Julian Claxton, Rachel Connelly, Karen Di Franco, Anton Goldenstein, Mark Harris, Toby Huddlestone, Tom Johnson, Ali Jones, John Lawrence, Julie MacCalden, Natasha MacVoy, Sophie Mellor, Anouk Mercier, Sarah Tulloch, Lucie Red and Zoe Williams.

History

Plan 9 was established in 2004 by Sophie Mellor and Julian Claxton, with Toby Huddlestone joining in March 2005. Taking advantage of the redevelopment of Bristol's city centre, Plan 9's first site was in an empty shop unit in Broadmead - the city's shopping precinct. With the support of Bristol City Council, Broadmead Alliance and the estate agents Hartnell, Taylor and Cook, Plan 9 secured the unit for a period of one year, rent free.

Plan 9's programme was formulated to support the careers of emerging artists and curators, with four main exhibitions curated by Plan 9 (Industry & Idleness, Gatsobyter, Generation Games and BRSLAXVAA). An open call was also sent out nationally, which resulted in another five exhibitions/events being curated/organised by artists and curators outside Plan 9.

In 2006, Plan 9 organised 'Wig Wam Bam!' as part of the British Art Show 6 in Bristol. Interested in working within a building already open to the public, Plan 9 formed a partnership with The Red Lodge, an Elizabethan house run the Bristol City Council Museums and Art Galleries as an example of a period home. The Red Lodge is owned (and leased to the city council) by The Bristol Savages, an all male artists' group started in 1904 and modeled along the lines of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. They still hold weekly meetings and an annual exhibition in the 'Wig Wam' - and outbuilding in the grounds of The Red Lodge.

Plan 9 invited British Art Show 6 artists Claire Barclay and Marcus Coates, and the president of the Bristol Savages, Geoff Molyneux to form the selection panel for 'Wig Wam Bam!'. Fourteen Bristol based artists were selected on the basis of both proposals for new work in relation to the site and existing work. Claire Barclay and Marcus Coates also attended a series of studio visits with the selected artists, furthering the links between the British Art Show 6 and providing an opportunity for discussion around the proposed work and the site.

At the end of 2006, Plan 9 invited Karen Di Franco to join the core group. In 2007, Plan 9 expanded the group inviting Chris Barr, Kayle Brandon, Nim-Jo Chung, Rachel Connelly, Anton Goldenstein, Julie McCalden, Tom Johnson, Ali Jones, John Lawrence and Sarah Tulloch to join. Taking on a unit at the back of Spike Island - Plan 9 presented one event (All our Worst Work) and two exhibitions (Utstallruum, and, Martin Kippenburger with fries and a shake) curated by Plan 9 members.

In 2008, working with Bristol City Council, Artspace Lifespace and Urban Splash, Plan 9 took on new premises - a former police station in Bristol's city centre, Bridewell Island - creating a gallery, project space and studios. In 2008/09 Plan 9's membership changed around again and comprised of Chris Barr, Rachel Butcher, Rob Chavasse, Nim-Jo Chung, Karen Di Franco, Anton Goldenstein, Mark Harris, Toby Huddlestone, Tom Johnson, Ali Jones, Natasha MacVoy, Sophie Mellor, Anouk Mercier, Lucie Red and Zoe Williams. During 2008 and 2009, Plan 9 ran a programme of exhibitions, events and international residencies initiated by Plan 9 members.

In November 2009, Plan 9 moved out of Bridewell Island and ceased its activities.

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The Old Police Station, Bridewell Island
Nelson St
BS1 2LE Bristol 51° 27' 23.8068" N, 2° 35' 32.6112" W
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  • open plan, private

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2005

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2010

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