"The show to end all shows"?
…or so its organisers claim and this will be just the finale of a series of art happenings taking place this summer at the Piece Hall in Halifax. We've been finding out more.
"Art for artists and the community..."
How many artists can you exhibit in just one room measuring 53 feet if you fill up every surface? That's exactly what one group of West Yorkshire artists want to find out and the hunt is now on to find the works to be exhibited. Whether you are a student, a professional artist or someone who just enjoys making works of art, Temporary Art Space wants to hear from you.
Halifax's Piece Hall
But every end has to have a beginning. Temporary Art Space, an unfunded, artist-run project - co-directed by artists Alice Bradshaw, Bob Milner, Tom Senior, Kevin Boniface and Georgia Boniface - are also on the look out for proposals of work for an exhibition in March which will kick off six months of art with a difference at the Piece Hall. You don't have to have done art before to have great ideas. And the theme for the inaugural exhibition reflects the here today, gone tomorrow idea behind the initiative. The co-directors say: "The people who are running this art project prepare to be challenged, laughed at or ignored with an exhibition of their own work along with other invited artists who respond to the broadly loose theme of ‘temporary'".
The idea is certainly not just to provide Halifax with another gallery for the summer months as the artists explain: "Temporary Art Space is a contemporary gallery run by artists for artists and the community (not for the rich and famous, not for a select number of individuals in the art world). We like to orchestrate situations which are of immediate benefit to us and to our contemporaries…We're not interested in selling work, simply showing it."
For six months only!
This all comes from the way they look at their own work: "Themes of temporary, the everyday, DIY, all-inclusivity and social structures are key common themes within our own art practices."
Certainly what's on show at the Piece Hall this summer will constantly be changing, providing even more opportunities for exhibiting. What does the word North do for you? This might be your chance to express this though art. And if this seems just a bit too mind-boggling you might want to try your hand at designing a beer mat or take an existing beer mat and make it into your own work of art.
It's usually the case that galleries have to close for a day or two to hang a new exhibition but here the five exhibition ‘changeovers' are all going to be part of the fun. The organisers say: "What could be more temporary than guerrilla exhibitions in a Temporary Art Space during the taking down of one show and the hanging of the next…The public will be able to see the inner workings of a gallery as the parasitic Changeover exhibitions attempt to occupy an ever decreasing space." If you want to find out what this means then the best thing to do is to get along to the Piece Hall this summer.
The hunt is on for DiY art!
But, if you want to get involved with all that's happening then now is the time to get in touch with the project's organisers. Who knows? This may not be the way to make your fortune but there may be a bit of fame – even if it's very short-lived – along the way and a cup of tea or two for anyone who wants to help Halifax's Temporary Art Space happen this summer.
Temporary Art Space is at the Piece Hall in Halifax from Friday 6th March to Friday 28th March 2009. To find out more about the exhibitions and how to get involved go to the Temporary Art Space website (http://www.temporaryartspace.co.uk/)
last updated: 06/01/2009 at 15:05