Princes Avenue’s 87 Gallery are planning to open it’s doors to the public this June after a year COVID-19 closures.
Chris Twigg, Artlink Hull Director and CEO, has taken the opportunity to make new and exciting changes to the gallery. These changes include a brand new gallery space and a development of a reinvigorated exhibition programme – including investment in new digital engagement activities.
Over the past year, 87 Gallery has worked to establish a long-term exhibition programme featuring new works by local, national, and international artists. It brings development opportunities for artists such as residencies, exchanges, public engagement, mentoring, networking, training, bursaries, sales platforms and exhibition space.
A parallel programme of creative workshops and artist talks will also be offered free to the public to encourage everyone to interpret and explore contemporary arts. Another key offer includes exciting sessions for kids aged 7-16 to engage with the work and explore both traditional and emergent processes.
”At 87 Gallery we champion a diverse group of artists in their journey of exploring, making, and exhibiting work, and we believe that the creative process is equally important to the finished outcome.
“We work with artists to develop bespoke support packages tailored to their needs and goals, and welcome enquiries from artists inclusive of all practices, art-forms, career stages, locations and demographics.
“We are passionate advocates of creative expression and visual culture, and we open our doors for everyone to experience and enjoy this.”
Building works, undertaken by SALTS architects + Elvington Park, have resulted in an updated physical gallery space that is integral to the vision of the organisation. This former school house built in 1911, now boasts a contemporary and flexible venue that houses exhibition and engagement spaces on the main and first floors.
Visitors to the newly fitted shop can select from a range of exclusive items created by guest artists, together with printed goods produced by in house screen printer, Misc. Print Co. The addition of an on-site print workshop presents new possibilities both for public engagement and supporting artists to develop their practices.