Friday, September 7, 2007

What is the space?

sean leonard alice yard sketch

Conceptual sketch of the Alice Yard Space, by Sean Leonard

Alice Yard Space is a small gallery in the backyard of 80 Roberts Street--a nine-by-seven-by-ten-foot concrete and glass box designed by architect Sean Leonard, which opens in September 2007. It is just large enough to fit an artist's installation, a video work, a few drawings or paintings.

Since September 2006, Alice Yard has been home to a series of weekly Friday-night "Conversations", bringing musicians, artists, writers, and audiences together for informal performances and interactions. The gallery now creates the possibility for another kind of conversation, by offering contemporary artists a space to show a carefully selected piece of recent work, or even work in progress.

The concept evolved from a conversation between Sean Leonard and artist Christopher Cozier, and through a series of drawings in a sketchbook they shared over a period of six months. They conceived of a modest space where artists can experiment with ideas and works not normally feasible in a commercial gallery. They are inviting other artists to join in their sketchbook conversation, as it were, and also inviting viewers into the process. Alice Yard Space asks questions about the relationship between artists and their community, outside the conventional bounds of the art market (but not oblivious to commercial concerns).

From 14 September, 2007, Alice Yard Space will host a regular series of artists' projects, instigated by Leonard, Cozier, and writer and editor Nicholas Laughlin, in conversation with a collaborative of three young artists, Marlon Griffith, Jaime Lee Loy, and Nikolai Noel.

Click here for a detailed physical plan of the space.

4 comments:

lupe said...

After the closing of CCA - truly unfortunate, I'm quite pleased that Sean, along with other conscientious artists are trying and have seemed to have found a solution to create, and allow for the evolution of 'creativity' emerging within Trinidad and Tobago and beyond. It is extremely important that we, as artists, encourage and support such ventures, as well as appeal to those in influential positions in Trinidad and Tobago to assist in sensitizing the public as to the importance of preserving this extremely precious resource- 'creativity'.
Lupe Leonard

lupe said...

After the closing of CCA - truly unfortunate, I'm quite pleased that Sean, along with other conscientious artists are trying and have seemed to have found a solution to create, and allow for the evolution of 'creativity' emerging within Trinidad and Tobago and beyond. It is extremely important that we, as artists, encourage and support such ventures, as well as appeal to those in influential positions in Trinidad and Tobago to assist in sensitizing the public as to the importance of preserving this extremely precious resource- 'creativity'.
Lupe Leonard

LMN Harris said...

This is fabulous, guys! I'd love to be a part of the initiative and show my paintings there...

In the meantime, all the best!

mad architect said...

spreading the word...Alice Yard Space was recently "studied" by the 2nd year students at the Caribbean School of Architecture.