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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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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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Drop City

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Drop City is a gallery established in Newcastle upon Tyne in Autumn 2014.
The original space has been redeveloped and Drop City now operates nomadically, between Newcastle & Dusseldorf.

Developing a model that capitalises on the varied experiences of its founders; an independent curator and three artists, Drop City’s programme explores the gaps and potential plasticity between several models of exhibition space and gallery, revolving around the individual work of each founding member. Through an inclusive collaborative structure, Drop City aims to build an exhibition context that is driven by our engagement and dialogue with other artists. Single works, solo and collaborative exhibitions and live activities all feature, as well as publications and international co-operations. To date Drop City has presented guest exhibitions in the European cities of Wien and Brussels.

Drop City represents and supports contemporary artists and is committed to the production, presentation, mediation, and support of their work, promoting workable exchanges between UK based artists and art organisations and those working internationally.

Since vacating the South Street space, Drop City have become a nomadic space, organising shows locally, nationally and internationally in Vienna, Brussels and Dusseldorf. Sam & Ellie, two of the Drop City founders relocated to Dusseldorf early in 2016 from where Drop City have been organising and curating shows in the Hotel Ufer. Forthcoming exhibitions include the second half of a gallery exchange with MAUVE, an artist led space in Vienna.

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In 1823 George and Robert Stephenson, along with three partners, opened the world’s first purpose built locomotive works on Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne. Robert, at the age of 19, was the Managing Partner.

The famous locomotives “Locomotion” and “Rocket” were built here and the works subsequently exported locomotives to developing railways all over the world - often the first to be seen in those countries.

exhibitions, events, workshops: 

hobbypopMUSEUM
Hotel Anderes Ufer: The Attic
From 1 April 2016

Sophie Macpherson
Towelling Garments
Hotel Ufer, Dusseldorf
1 April – 15 May 2016

Katie Schwab
Breakfast Plates for Hotel Ufer
Hotel Ufer, Dusseldorf
From 14 March 2016

Drop City Centre
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
11 March – 17 April 2016

Robin Vanbesien
citizen without qualities
Various venues in Newcastle, Whitley Bay, Brussels & Dusseldorf
5 February – 18 March 2016

SO
MAUVE, Vienna
20 November – 11 December 2015

Paul Becker
New Paintings
Drop City, Newcastle
19 September – 17 October 2015

Markus Karstieß and Christian Jendreiko
SOFT REVOLUTION
Drop City, Newcastle
1 – 8 August 2015

hobbypopMUSEUM
Fringes
Drop City, Newcastle
1 August 2015

The Reading Group
Drop City, Newcastle
17 June 2015

Eleanor Wright/Sam Watson
Continuous Material
Durham Castle & Drop City, Newcastle
27 April – 24 May 2015

Francesco Pedraglio
Los Barbaros
Drop City, Newcastle
26 March – 24 April 2015

Sophie Macpherson
A Series of Movements
Drop City, Newcastle
12 February – 7 March 2015

Nadia Hebson
Can you forgive her?
Drop City, Newcastle
11 December 2014 – 30 January 2015

Ralf Brög
xf part 4: JB (canonic)
Drop City, Newcastle
5 – 28 November 2014

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Drop City
South Street
NE99 4ZH Newcastle upon Tyne , TWR 54° 58' 3.7992" N, 1° 36' 56.8332" W
GB

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2014

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2017

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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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  • unincorporated organisation

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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
GB

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  • open plan, private

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2005

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2010

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David Dale Gallery

Exterior view - David Dale Gallery

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David Dale Gallery and Studios is a non-profit contemporary art space based in the east end of Glasgow.

Established in 2009, David Dale Gallery and Studios promotes pioneering contemporary visual art through the commissioning and year round programming of new work and projects by early career international and UK based artists. Maintaining a commitment to providing opportunities and supporting the development of artists, curators and writers, David Dale Gallery and Studios intend to encourage professional development, education and community participation whilst delivering our core aim of presenting outstanding contemporary visual art. Additionally, the organisation operates an affordable artist studios facility, for the production and development of new work by emerging artists.

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  • charity

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David Dale Gallery
161 Broad Street
G40 2QR Glasgow 55° 51' 3.906" N, 4° 13' 18.876" W
GB

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2009

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Islington Mill

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Islington Mill is a leading independent UK arts organisation based in Salford, in the NW England. Structured around an organic network of independent artists, Islington Mill runs innovative inter-disciplinary public arts programmes and artist residencies alongside studio spaces and an artists’ B&B. Drawing on the radical and subversive creative energy running through its arts activities, Islington Mill also has a reputation for putting on legendary experimental gatherings, events and parties.

Based in the evocative buildings and courtyard of a former Victorian mill, Islington Mill is a unique and inspiring environment where the architecture of industrial Britain is fused with the creative energy of industrious artists at work and at play.

Founded by Bill Campbell in 2000, who bought it after spending four years developing the project and raising the initial finance, Islington Mill is the product of a singular dream to form a network of artists around the shared goal of living and working as freely and creatively as possible.

Like the Hacienda before it, Islington Mill is organised along similar principles inspired by the Situationist movement, an avant-garde European art movement formed in the fifties and sixties that became a prototype of punk. Picking up where the former left off, Islington Mill has a similar focus of creating an open-source environment outside of conventional structures and art traditions that can act as a catalyst for “the creative act” in all its many forms and unlock the inner artist in almost anyone.

Currently run by designer Bill Campbell, musician Mark Carlin and visual artist Maurice Carlin, Islington Mill is a non-hierarchical organisation that makes no distinction between work and play, outcome and process, chaos and control. Operating outside a commercial, profit-led agenda, it is a genuinely independent arts organisation that puts nurturing, supporting and inspiring creativity, especially new and emerging talent, at the heart of everything it does.

Forged in the spirit of D-I-Y, it recognises risk-taking and experimentalism in a non-judgmental, non-pressured environment as integral to art practice and is able to offer artists an unusual level of creative freedom in an increasingly market-led cultural landscape.

Although Islington Mill is predominantly focussed around the physical space in Salford, it recently organised its first “mass residency” with thirty artists in Ibiza and now plans to take the spirit of Islington Mill on tour elsewhere, building on existing links starting this October with an exchange with Flux Factory NYC.

Not content with stopping at these achievements, Islington Mill is continuously seeking to progress in its mission to inspire, educate and develop artists in their careers in an ever-changing social and cultural landscape.

Islington Mill was very pleased to have recieved its first ever ACE programme funding in the history of its organisation earlier in 2013, which will be used towards testing new strategies for residencies and developing its marketing and organisational structure.

As part of this forward-looking strategy, Islington Mill is excited about the opportunity to develop it's 6th floor space into further B&B style bedrooms and its 5th floor space into a dedicated artist residency space.

However further funding is still needed for Islington Mill to realise its full potential and so it is constantly exploring funding sources and income streams that will allow it to maintain its unique vision for the arts into the future.

To this end, Islington Mill has also secured Arts Council Catalyst funding, in consortium with the Chinese Arts Centre, this fund helps arts organisations access private funding by exploring how relationships can be formed with patrons and other independent sources.

Islington Mill is now to an exciting future that is global and ambitious. With the right funding in place, it hopes to be responsible for sending local artists out onto international residencies, while receiving incoming international artists in order to realise its full potential as a dynamic international arts hub and creative interchange.

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James Street
M3 5HW Salford 53° 28' 54.9156" N, 2° 15' 47.412" W
GB

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2000

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Rogue

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Established in 1995, Rogue is a not-for-profit artists studios providing members with accessible and affordable workspace in Manchester city centre. A five minute walk from Piccadilly Station, Rogue is now the largest independent studio group in the North West with ninety seven artists working in 30,000 square feet of space over three floors of Chapeltown Mill. Members range from recent graduates to established practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines and media; including drawing, film and video, illustration, installation, interactive art, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles.

Once a year, Rogue opens its doors to the public in its Open Studios event inviting fellow artists, curators and the general public to access all areas of the studios while affording members an opportunity to exhibit and offer work for sale. This years Rogue Open Studios will take place over the weekend of 23rd - 25th October 2015.

Rogue also runs a programme of events in the Project Space, which is used primarily for temporary exhibitions, residency and exchange projects and one-off events. Rogue's new Project Space is on the 1st floor of the studios. A new curatorial team for the Project Space will be announced in 2016.

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M1 2WH Manchester 53° 28' 42.8952" N, 2° 13' 33.942" W
GB

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1995

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Lewisham Arthouse

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Keeping it real since 1994.
Artist-led, community - based.
Supporting creativity and innovation in visual arts and beyond.

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  • charity

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1914 - 1991
Amazing Library
Gift from Andrew Carnegie to people of Deptford
ceases as learning / social space due to Tory Government cuts

1991 - 1993
Amazing rave venue
Maintained by Spiral Tribe
ceases as a music / social space due to Tory Government rave laws

1994 - 2015
Amazing arts centre
Maintained by Lewisham Art House co-operative
providing open-access facilities, community resources, learning, visual art and music programmes

2015 - onwards
Amazing arts centre becomes charity
Doing the same as before, but within / as a charity with a 100 year plan

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lots

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Grade II listed (interior / exterior) Historic trees and gardens to rear

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140 Lewisham Way
SE14 6PD London 51° 28' 18.0336" N, 0° 1' 51.186" W
GB

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1991

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Embassy

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EMBASSY is a non-profit making artist-run gallery founded in 2004. The gallery holds a yearly programme of exhibitions and events and exhibits at off site projects. Each year we also co-ordinate the Annuale festival; a presentation of grassroots artistic activity in various venues throughout the city.

The gallery co-ordinates and presents a professional development programme for students at Edinburgh College of Art in return for some funding towards the gallery’s core costs.

EMBASSY has also received funding from the Scottish Arts Council, ECA Trustees and the Young Scot Award.

EMBASSY has a rolling committee of 5 to 7 members who work on a voluntary basis and are supported by a members base. The committee are responsible for all aspects of the gallery and serve as directors for a 2 year period.

The originating committee comprised of Kim Coleman, Craig Coulthard, Tommy Grace, Jenny Hogarth, Dave Maclean, Kate Owens and Catherine Stafford. They were replaced entirely by John Farrugia, Deborah Jackson, Katie Orton, Debjani Banerjee, and Dan Brown.

After this the EMBASSY committee became less defined and since 2007 has included Angela Beck, Luke Cooke-Yarborough, Benjamin Fallon, Martine Foltier-Pugh, Tessa Lynch, Alexa Hare, John A. Harrington, Shona Handley, Oliver Herbert, Norman James Hogg, Shona Macnaughton, Laurie Macpherson, Francesca Nobilucci, James Thomas Philips, Ashleigh Reid, Jenny Richards and Daniella Watson, with directors working from 2 Months to 2 years.

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  • charity

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10b Broughton Street Lane
EH1 3LY Edinburgh 55° 57' 26.8452" N, 3° 11' 15.0072" W
GB

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2004

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Central---Reservation

Central --- Reservation, Bristol

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Central—Reservation was a temporary project space in Bristol, UK dedicated to the support, production and presentation of contemporary visual arts.

Between March and July 2010, Central—Reservation presented a programme of exhibitions, events and collaborative projects with a backdrop of production in the four studio residencies.
Central—Reservation offered artists and curators the opportunity to present ambitious projects, making use of the current surplus of empty commercial property.
Alongside the core programme, Central—Reservation invited artist led and independent groups from across the UK to propose exhibitions and events to put on in the space.

The former motorcycle showroom is located on Stokes Croft, a main access route into central Bristol. It offered 10,000 sq ft of exhibition and event space over two floors, plus partitioned workspaces for resident artists to test and document work.

Central—Reservation was established by Lucy Drane, Hannah James and Jane Porter, an independent group, each working within key arts organisations in the city. The project developed through their mutual membership of the Spike Island Associates Programme and a shared interest in realising a dynamic new project space in Bristol.

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Motorcycle showroom

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15 – 19 Stokes Croft
BS1 3PY Bristol 51° 27' 39.9204" N, 2° 35' 27.1464" W
GB

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2010

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2010

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Generator Projects

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Generator is a Dundee-based organisation established in 1996. The aims of the organisation are to generate creative practices across Dundee through providing sustained support towards creativity in all its diversity and a varied programme of exhibitions and events.

Alongside the primary aim of being collectively held by those who wish to engage and support the continuation of the organisation, Generator hosts a project and exhibition space better known as Generator Projects. This space was established to allow creative practitioners, developing experimental, critical and autonomous work, the opportunity to exhibit. It is facilitated by the Generator committee, a rolling collective of volunteers, who dedicate two years of their time to ensure the continuation of this programmed space and the broader aspects of the organisation.

Generator Projects is also home to the developing Member Space. Initiated during the 2013 Member Show, this hospitable space is being created for dedicated member-led activity. The space will continue to be developed over the coming year in response to the voiced needs of Generator members. This could include access to resources and a neutral space for peer-learning and critical discourse through the programming of responsive talks, events and artworks to the Generator programme and wider interests and concerns of the Generator members.

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  • charity

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25/26 Mid Wynd Industrial Estate
DD1 4JG. Dundee 56° 27' 24.426" N, 2° 59' 19.9176" W
GB

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1996

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