Artist-led spaces in Dundee have been critical to the development of the city’s cultural identity from icons like GENERATORprojects to new radicals such as Wooosh Gallery. In spite of this, space remains the biggest challenge for artists to base, make and show their practice in the city.
As Dundee prepares to welcome Art Night to its cultural venues and public spaces in June, Creative Dundee is partnering with Art Night to lead two conversations with local collectives and organisations which explore how artists and communities creatively use and reimagine space in and around the city.
The first event, Taking Space, will take place on Monday 12 June in the lead up to Art Night, bringing together artists, collectives and grassroots organisations in Dundee that are part of the festival programme, alongside Art Night’s Artistic Director, Helen Nisbet. The conversation will focus on the use and occupation of temporary spaces, through to more permanent cultural uses. What opportunities to make, share and collaborate do these spaces bring?
Following on from the festival, Making Space on Tuesday 11 July will discuss Art Night’s ambition of making spaces and culture more accessible; exploring its legacy and discussing how together we can utilise this momentum, with conversations led by artist-led and community groups who are part of Art Night’s Inwith programming.
We hope that together these events will help highlight some of our wider work addressing the lack of space in the city and advocating for better access to creative spaces and tools for both creative practitioners and communities across Dundee.
Tuesday 11 July, 7.00–8.30pm
The Steps Theatre, Central Library, The Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB
Lizzie Day is a Fife-born artist and arts organiser, based in Dundee. As Civic Curator for Art Night, Lizzie is part of the local team bringing the national, contemporary art festival to Dundee, working with artists in civic, municipal and public spaces. She is also the Co-founder and Curator of Volk Gallery, the alternate gallery hosted in a mechanical vending machine, and Editor for Windfall*, an arts publication focussed on providing critical and paid exposure for emerging contemporary artists. In her role as a Freelance Designer with V&A Dundee, Lizzie facilitates tours and workshops to a variety of audiences, working with the museum’s respected Learning department. Whilst studying, she co-founded DJCAD Zine Library, going on to serve as a Committee Member and Co-Chairperson at GENERATORprojects, then as Programme Assistant at Edinburgh Art Festival. She has completed residencies at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Cove Park.
@elizabethannday / @artnightuk / @galleryvolk / @windfalleditorial
Helen King is a creative practitioner, community advocate and trustee of The Stobswell Forum SCIO. Living in Dundee for 10 years, her creative practice focuses on people, supporting others to explore life through artistic mediums. Being a trustee has allowed her to facilitate cultural projects locally in Stobswell and embed the community in the creative process, as well as support community regeneration. Some recent projects include Dundee Design Festival’s Stobswellbeing Store, flag making for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, and recently an RSNO concert for young people at a local high school.
Manuela de los Rios is a Dundee-based community grower and artist. She uses creative and people-centred approaches to bring about positive changes to our lives and natural environment. As Garden Coordinator at the MAXwell Centre in the Hilltown, Manuela facilitates and delivers many creative and co-designed projects in community gardens and green spaces. These experiences connect people with nature in joyful and sometimes unexpected ways. She is fascinated by the hidden stories of plants, people and places. She set up Grow Dundee and the Dundee Community Growing Network to promote collaboration, care and resilience amongst urban food growers. As Chair of Transition Dundee she is helping develop a community-led hub for a more sustainable and happy city.
This event has been curated by Creative Dundee in partnership with Art Night.