The Garage is a dedicated space that offers artists the freedom to explore, experiment and test out their work & ideas through individual residencies. There are also opportunities to collaborate and engage with other artists, and the public, through workshops and other events. The Garage is not a commercial space or gallery – rather it is a pressure-free environment for artists to contemplate and consider their work and practice.
It was founded by Helen Acklam in August 2019 and its development has depended on an organic process involving participating artists and the wider network of artists and artist-led groups. It is central to the egalitarian ethos of The Garage that all of those who engage with this unique space have a voice in how it is used and its ongoing development.
Since the Coronavirus outbreak, the core activities of The Garage have not significantly changed, but we have put in place certain additional measures to take account of the safety and well-being of all those who use it. It has also led to greater use of remote events as a means for users of The Garage to share their work and processes with a wider audience.
Our fundamental aim is to encourage activities that stimulate generosity and sharing, conversation and thought around the ideas that feed into our practices. If you feel that, as an artist, you might be able to benefit in these ways from a residency at The Garage, please get in touch. There is no specific charge for use of The Garage but we do ask that you cover the basic energy costs.
Aside from this, the only commitment we ask of participating artists is to share their experience through talks or events at The Garage and by contributing to the website. Additionally, in our ‘new normal’, artists will be encouraged to come up with new and alternative ways of engaging with other artists and the public, in order to share their experience of working in the space and to extend the process of encouraging conversation, connection and reflection.