UNIT(e). Every year we transform g39 into a space for production, research, critical discussions, film screenings, socials, lectures, and more. Taking its model from various independent art schools and summer schools, the gallery becomes a busy studio hub for the participating artists. Once a week we invite the public in to see artists’ work in progress, the background noise, the often unseen studio activity of their practice. We also have a rich and varied programme of visiting artists and curators who deliver talks, workshops and one-to-one sessions with studio holders. The season concludes with an open studio event.
We are really pleased to be delivering the training for the Wales In Venice Invigilator PLUS team for James Richards presentation in Venice. James, a one time g39 volunteer eons ago, has produced a new body of work curated by Hannah Firth at Chapter Arts Centre. The Invigilator PLUS team will use g39 as a base for the duration of the biennale.
It Was Never Going To Be Straightforward is a compendium of the first 13 years of the g39 project. We've just realised that g39 will be 20 in 2018, so we need to start working on the next book soon! This one charts a rambling route through g39’s history from the first exhibition that opened on 3 July 1998 to the last that closed on 2 July 2011. It marks the years that the project was based in Wyndham Arcade in a very different Cardiff city centre. Drawing its inspiration from the Art and Society series published in the 1970s by The Welsh Arts Council, the book gives an insight into some of the things that drive g39 – our ethos, our influences and our ambitions.
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