29th March 2019
Open Space announces its new annual programme of projects for 2019 in unexpected spaces

Open Space has announced a new annual programme launching in 2019, comprising of exhibitions, interventions, writing commissions and an international curatorial residency. Open Space is a peripatetic arts organisation that supports international emerging creative practices. Building on the organisation’s work over the past four years, the newly introduced annual programme will consist of four recurring projects: Forum, a three-day event comprising artist performances, film screenings, talks and workshops; Writing Space, a series of commissioned texts; the Edible Goods exhibition series, exploring food as a medium in contemporary art practice, and the Open Space Residency, offering one curator the opportunity to spend eight weeks in Istanbul.

The 2019 programme theme is titled ‘Space without Spaces’ and aims to address a number of pertinent contemporary issues ranging from the hardening of borders in an uncertain political climate to national pressures on society including the increasing privatisation of civic and art spaces.

Highlights of the 2019 programme include: Forum: Of Hosts & Guests (28-30 March 2019), a three-day series of performances, screenings, talks and workshops, across three unexpected cultural spaces in Bloomsbury, London, and Tender Touches (17 May – 30 June 2019), an  immersive exhibition where everything from the food on the menu, to the furniture and cutlery, is an artwork, taking place at AMP Gallery, Peckham. The inaugural edition of Open Space’s Edible Goods exhibition series, Tender Touches will take the form of an ‘art cafe’, blurring the lines between the gallery, the studio and the dining room. The exhibition aims to bring people together through food, using it as a catalyst for conversation, while also pushing the boundaries of traditional exhibition spaces.

Image Credit: Missing Soul (2019) glazed ceramics by Bea Bonafini pictured with Quench Cup by Studio Arhoj for Tender Touches, co-curated by Huma Kabakcı & Inês Neto dos Santos, organised by Open Space. Courtesy of Open Space and the artist.