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Artist-Run Europe: Practice/ Projects/ Spaces
Various Artists

Artist Run Europe- Practice: Projects: Spaces

Artist Run Europe- Practice: Projects: SpacesArtist-Run Europe: Practice/ Projects/ Spaces
Edited by Gavin Murphy and Mark Cullen

Contributing artists, Jason E. Bowman, AA Bronson, Noelle Collins, Valerie Connor, Mark Cullen, Céline Kopp & Alun Williams, Joanna Laws, Freek Lomme, Megs Morley, Gavin Murphy, Gavin Wade and Katherine Waugh.


204 pages
235  x 165 mm
ISBN 9789491677564



Part how-to manual, part history, and part socio-political critique, Artist-Run Europe looks at the conditions, organisational models, and role of artist-led practice within contemporary art and society. The aim is to show how artist-run practice manifests itself, how artist-run spaces are a distinctive and central part of visual art culture, and how they present a complex, heterogeneous, and necessary set of alternatives to the art institution, museum and commercial gallery.

In a self-reflexive, critically questioning process, contributions by Jason E. Bowman, AA Bronson, Noelle Collins, Valerie Connor, Mark Cullen, Céline Kopp, Joanna Laws, Freek Lomme, Megs Morley, Gavin Murphy, Transmission Gallery, Gavin Wade, and Katherine Waugh, discuss and analyse areas such as: What position do artist-run spaces occupy within the field of contemporary art today? Should they stand in opposition to or in parallel to other art-world structures? How is value ascribed to these often transitory practices, and is this value recognised within the field? How are these spaces organised? Can artist-run spaces develop and be sustained without the need to institutionalise? What do artist-run spaces add to the ecology of the civil society? What can we say about future (or hoped for) trajectories?

Such a publication is timely and unique, with case studies of spaces and projects: Triangle France, Transmission Gallery, Pallas Projects/Studios, Eastside Projects, Catalyst Arts, Pink Cube, Secession, Dienstgebaeude, Supermarket, 126 Artist-led Gallery, and The Artist-led Archive; and an expansive and detailed index of artist-run spaces in Europe. It will seek to develop and encourage discourse on the subject within the wider field of contemporary practice, be a source for academics and students, and act as a practical tool for those running or wishing to set up artist-run spaces.

About the Artists
Gavin Murphy is a Dublin-based artist and curator with an interest in cultural sites and histories. His research-based, intertextual practice involves the assemblage of unique fabricated elements, sourced and found objects, images and texts, with an interest in the sculptural possibilities of cinematic structures and mise en scène.

He is the recipient of various awards from the Arts Council, and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and residencies at Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin, and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. He has edited and written for a number of publications including C20 Magazine, the Visual Artists’ New Sheet, and AIM (Artists’ Initiatives’ Meetings) 2010–2016, Stockholm. His publication On Seeing Only Totally New Things, produced in collaboration with Atelier David Smith, was published by the RHA in 2013.

As co-director/curator of Pallas Projects/Studios, he has devised and realised numerous artist-led projects and programmes, and writes, advocates and conducts research on artist-run practice. He was co-editor of the publication Artist-Run Europe: Practice/Projects/Spaces (Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016), and he was selected as a nominator for the prestigious Apexart Fellowship award in 2015. As an Associate Lecturer on IADT’s BA Art programme, he has co-delivered the ‘In the making’ series of professional practice student exhibitions since 2015.

Mark Cullen is an Irish artist, born in Dublin in 1960, who only started painting on a full-time basis in 2003. He has successfully exhibited his paintings in numerous exhibitions throughout Ireland, most notably at the RHA annual exhibition and VUE in Dublin, the Eigse exhibition in Carlow, RUA annual exhibition in Belfast. His distinctive paintings of scenes in and around the harbours of South County Dublin, depicted in the bold, strongly contrasting palette have won him a considerable following.

About the Publisher
Onomatopee (founded and directed by Freek Lomme since 2006) is a curating and editorially led public gallery and publisher that is known for their self-initiated and transdisciplinary projects. Onomatopee also hosts the projects of  artist-run and institutional organisations.

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