We now have a logo for our Kiss Me Quick show. The show will take place in Margate Harbour Arm Gallery Private View on Friday 1st July - and then we will be open on Saturday til Monday (4th).
We are organising a number of events and talks to happen over the weekend as well, all tbc.
A big reason for the show is the Turner Contemporary Gallery, which opens on 16th April. As a group of artists from Stoke-on-Trent we are interested in exploring the possible resurgence in interest in the British Seaside Holiday, and the impact of art and culture on regeneration; Turner Contemporary (along with the Dreamland Heritage Project) may be providing new reasons to visit Margate.
As a group of artists many of us make a living through our practices, and for this reason we would never usually apply for a project which required us to pay. However, with the cuts, artist led spaces are finding it harder to survive, and many are relying on revenue which can be brought in through rental costs. We have decided to hire the Margate Harbour Arm Gallery for a week - the cost is £156, plus of course we will need further funds to hire a van for a week - and petrol to transport the work to Margate, and also we need to cover the costs for the artists to stay in Margate.
As cuts to the arts mean funding is few and far between (and getting harder to secure by the day) we as a group are interested in finding alternative sources of funding.
We have decided to try out a variety of approaches to funding in order to financially float this project. One of our ideas is to create a zine which will accompany the exhibition. The call below will aim to extend the artists involved in the project - hopefully helping us to make some links with the art scene in Margate - and also providing an opportunity for the project to exist in another format.
We aim to have the zine ready one month before the show in Margate, so we can start selling it.
Other fundraising schemes which we as a group will be engaging in include: a boot fair, a silent auction, and a quiz.The exhibition will show the work of 13 artists, all based in Stoke-on-Trent. Some of us are from AirSpace gallery, and others from Rednile and others are friends of both - for this reason we have developed the idea of an amorphous group called and friends - who can change and develop depending on the project.
The zine will be made with recycled paper, and will be quite home made (in order to keep costs down) but we hope it will be a beautiful art object. Kate Lynch specialises in hand made print techniques, and will be leading on the development of the zine.
Open Call for Submissions: Kiss Me Quick (Zine)
What: 2d Work based around the theme of the British Seaside Holiday.
In the summer of 2011 AirSpace Studio artists, Rednile and friends will be descending on the Seaside Town of Margate for ‘Kiss Me Quick’ an exhibition on Margate Harbour Arm. The artists will make work in response to the town, and will be considering the possible resurgence in popularity of the British Seaside Holiday, in the wake of fuel price rises. This call is for works for a ‘Kiss Me Quick’ zine, which will be produced alongside the exhibition.
Who: Artists with connections to Margate.
To apply tell us:
1. Title of piece
2. Artist name
3. Website / email for publicity
4. Connection to Margate
File format: jpeg or tiff
Colour: black & white / greyscale only.
Size: A5 portrait at 300dpi (1754x2480 pixels / 148.5 x 210mm / 5.85 x 8.27 inches)
To apply: send us your art works in the file format stated above to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 2nd 2011.