Exposure unit: Candid Arts research – Update 1

Continuing on from my last post, Candid arts has since replied to my inquiry email; sending me a link to a PDF which contained all of the information I had inquired about, and such is as follows (copied directly from the PDF):

1st floor gallery space


The first floor gallery is a bright and airy loft style space of around 2500 sqft and is available for hire for a range of events including exhibitions, rehearsals, photo/film/music shoots, workshops, away days, launches, conferences and meetings. The outside walls consist of brick, wood or plasterboard and there are 5 pillars going down the middle of the space with a wooden floor.

SIZE: L: 22mtrs x W: 12mtrs x H: 3.5mtrs approx


Some chairs and small tables can be made available.

Big windows on either side of gallery. Natural light.

Some storage space.

Music system (background music only due to noise restrictions, must be turned off at 10pm).


Electric sockets.

Halogen spot lights.

Separate partitions available for hire. Labour costs will apply.


160 standing.

100-120 seated approx.


Access will be through a staircase at street level.

Not accessible for wheelchair users.


Charitable rate: £550/day from 10am-10pm or £55/hour (min. 2 hours).

     £3300 for 1 week (7 days for the price of 6).


Ground floor gallery space


The ground floor gallery is a spacious loft style space of around 2500 sqft and is available for hire for a range of events including exhibitions, rehearsals, photo/film/music shoots, parties, weddings, workshops, away days, launches, conferences and meetings. The outside walls consist of brick, wood or plasterboard and there are 5 pillars going down the middle of the space with a combination of a wooden and concrete floor.

SIZE: L: 22mtrs x W: 12mtrs (narrow end 6.5mtrs) x H: 3.5mtrs approx


Some chairs and small tables can be made available.

Small window near entrance of the gallery.

Some storage space.

Music/Bands/DJ allowed in this space. Must finish by 12 midnight.

Toilets in the first floor gallery. Toilet available in courtyard.

Electric sockets.

Halogen spot lights.

Separate partitions available for hire. Labour costs will apply.


200 standing.

120-130 seated approx.


Access will be through double barn doors at street level.

Wheelchair accessible, ramp available.


Charitable rate: £550/day from 10am-10pm or £55/hour (min. 2 hours).

          £3300 for 1 week (7 days for the price of 6).


Students and/or a university are eligible for what Candid Art Trust has called, ‘Charitable rates’, which means costs are significantly lower than they are for private companies/events. If I recall correctly, the spaces are less than half the price than those of Free Range, and such are for an entire week, not just a long weekend. 

Update in response to positive pitch to class:

After pitching my research on Candid Arts to the class, in person and via the exhibition Facebook page, and having received a very positive response, I have emailed Candid Arts again, asking for availability information. The email is as follows:

Hi Sabina,

Thank you for the quick reply.

I have since pitched Candid Arts as a possible venue for our graduation show and have received a very positive response. What is your availability on either of the spaces for early to mid June next year? We’d be looking to have the space(s) for a week.



Having only just sent this, as of typing up this post, I have not received a reply. I will update in a further post if/when I do.


Exposure unit: Candid Arts – Research

Candid Arts Trust, like interimspaces, is a charity run organisation based within London. As noted by their site (candidarts.wordpress.com), ‘Candid Arts Trust’s primary objective is to promote the arts and arts education, with special emphasis placed on helping newly graduated artists… in their first years out of college/university’. Situated in Islington, London, it is but a few minutes on the tube/car/bus/taxi (a minutes walk from Angel Station), from Free range, as evidenced below: 

The centre is located in two Victorian warehouses, and amongst its many studios, film room, rehearsal spaces etc. is 6,500 square foot on exhibition space. Far more than accommodating for our needs. Along with shows, events and film screenings, Candid Arts plays host to numerous exhibitions, both solo and group, but also and as explicitly noted on their site, College (university) degree shows. Which is, of course, fantastic news. Now, their site doesn’t divulge any information regarding costs, availability or such, so I have emailed them and inquired about the hosting of our graduation show, next summer: 


I am contacting you to inquire about your exhibition space(s) for a graduation show next summer, around the beginning of June (subject to change). It will be a group of around 40 graduates from UCA Rochester’s BA Photography course. The University has, for the past several years, exhibited at Free Range, but in response to feedback from students (too expensive, little pay-off), they have put it to us, the students, to research alternate spaces. So, as a student, I am unable to give you exact numbers and dates, but if possible, what costs could we roughly expect for a space of a minimum 1,500 square foot, per day? And what is the availability of such a space like? i.e. How long in advance would the space need to be booked? 

If you need any additional information, let me know and I shall do my best to get it to you. 

All the best, 


As of typing, I am yet to receive a reply. So, I shall fill this page with a few pictures of the space, instead.

Ground floor gallery spaces (above) 

1st floor gallery space

Exposure unit – Week 3: ‘Pop-up exhibition research (Interimspaces) and visibility strategy

For my third and final option, I have chosen to disband established galleries, instead seeking to organise and run ‘pop-up’ exhibitions with fellow students and/or other emerging artists. My current position, as a student within a creative arts university, bestows me with an invaluable opportunity to make such happen with relative ease, for there a thousands of potential artists looking to kickstart their professional careers and get their name and work out there. An example; just in our small group for this unit, there are two other artists producing work of a similar context, that are interested in grouping together and making such a reality. Such events could be held within empty disused/abandoned locations; shops, pubs, clubs etc. for relatively cheap, especially with costs shared amongst a group of exhibiting artists. Westminster city council’s website has a fantastic guide on using empty spaces for art projects that details what to do if you’ve found a location, how to find a location if not, business rates and licences and planning permissions. Finding a space is perhaps easiest to do on foot, as it is difficult to verify that any which location is still indeed empty, without evidencing it for yourself in person. And so, I hope to carry out such a search with fellow students, perhaps after visiting one or more of the many art fairs currently taking place in London. There are also a number of agencies online that can help with locating and securing a space for art projects, these include:

  • Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd – offers a unique live-in and Workspace Guardians scheme to the owners of empty residential or commercial buildings.
  • Location works – works mainly with film makers, but they are keen to expand their services to performing and visual artists.
  • Interim Spaces – a registered charity offering low-cost space for emerging talent in business and the arts.

Pop-ups exhibitions are perhaps the fastest way to exhibit you work and provide a fantastic opportunity to, of course, get your work seen, but also and as with the artist-run galleries, network with other artists. They can also provide artists with the opportunity to contact and invite curators of galleries they may wish to exhibit at in the future, and are a great means of artists presenting themselves as proactive and determined individuals, not afraid to use initiative and make things happen for themselves. Such an event will need to be well promoted and so, I will now talk about visibility tactics, but on a broader more general spectrum as to save time and encompass my work as a whole.

  • To carry on growing my online presence (which currently sits at over 3,500 followers on instagram, and 500+ extra spread across other platforms) and use such to garner further professional interest and thus, opportunities. Instagram, with partial thanks to its somewhat recent acquisition by Facebook, has seen substantial growth over the last few years and is now a hotbed for brands to promote their products, through commissioning the work of well-established users.
  • Build up a mailing list: this could be achieved through instagram/facebook/twitter etc. or via visitors books at any pop-up exhibition I am a part of.
  • Host giveaways/competitions: This can also be done through social media, and could also be used as an incentive to get people to sign-up to a mailing list. I held a competition a few years ago on Twitter, and had around 500 entrants, despite having as good as no presence on the platform. Furthermore, I will use these as a means of growing my subscriber bases, especially on platforms I am not as well established on, such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Business cards: I have business cards that I printed a few years ago. Other than placing them within the exhibition space we had for a project last year, I rarely ever give them out. I need this to change. The cards do need updated as one of the links featured is now redundant, but they’re still current enough until I can redesign and reprint others.
  • Contact sites; ‘online galleries’ and press (local to begin with): I have strong projects as well as a large stockpile of images that I could easily curate a body of work out of. I have been featured in local papers and websites (Such as Kent Messenger and Kent online) and have also been invited to talk about my project on pupilsphere. I need to take a more proactive role in securing such features, applying and shooting emails to publications would be a start…
  • Finally build a website: Which I have already done. Instagram is great as an informal portfolio of sorts, but it simply isn’t going to cut it in a professional context. I have finally built myself a professional site, of which I can now direct potential clients to. I feel the lack of a professional medium for my work, played a big role in me not being comfortable enough to contact companies, organisations or publications in regards to my work (Images below).
  • And in finishing – I am currently very aware of the fact I have too many eggs in one basket, with that basket being instagram, and so I will push other platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, leveraging my large(-ish) presence on instagram to do so.

Accompanying images:

Instagram profile:

Instagram profile

Instagram insights:

Instagram insights

Facebook insights:

Facebook insights

Flickr profile (all image sharing platforms kept up-to-date):

Flickr profile




Interimspaces is a charity that looks to be attempting to plug the gradual bleeding of London’s creative talent. Ever rising expenses, have driven out large swathes of creative professionals, now unable to afford to work within the city. Interimspaces, works with the owners of abandoned spaces, as noted on their site:

‘We offer landlords a cost effective and socially responsible solution to empty property, delivered by professionals with over 15 years experience in building management and meanwhile use. Working with us, your building will be secured on a round-the-clock basis, saving rather than costing you money, right up until the point you need it back. Meanwhile, we help London retain its creative talent, our communities benefiting from regeneration that creates value in otherwise disused properties. An ideal solution for landlords of vacant property’.

I think that in approaching the charity, to inquire about funding and assistance in exhibiting within such a space, it would be of much value to have and evidence footwork done on my end – to not approach them and expect them to do all the work for me. And so, I would like to carry out a search, and compile a list of potential locations, contact numbers and so on, and then contact the charity with such. Visiting these locations physically is of an utmost importance, as it will allow you with far greater veracity, to decide as to whether the venue and its surroundings are right for the sort of exhibition you wish to hold. Of course, I and the group I would be exhibiting with, know our work best, and thus having control of the venue type and location, as opposed to the charity placing us wherever they can, is a far more desirable situation.

Interimspaces will provide another level of support, and a level of expertise that would likely prove very hard to come by. Of course, the financial benefits for myself, are very desirable, but the expertise the charity will provide in finding and securing a venue, is invaluable. I have contacted the charity, through the email form available on their site, and inquired about finding a space for my graduation exhibition next summer. I have also sign-up to their eMail newsletter. Evidence below.

Interim spaces email inquiry:

Interimspaces email inquiry

eMail transcript:


I have come to find your charity whilst carrying out research for a university assignment. I am a third year BA Photography student studying at UCA Rochester, and am currently looking into exhibiting my work within an affordable empty space for my graduation show next summer. I am hoping to rile a group of other graduating students together, however many could feasible fit within the given space, as to share costs and any other such responsibilities. The University, for several years, has exhibited within the space at Free Range, in which many other arts universities also exhibit in at the same time, but in response to feedback from students (too expensive, little pay-off) they are looking for alternate spaces and too, ways of doing things. Hosting, perhaps several, ‘pop-up’ exhibitions around London is one such alternate way on the table. How long does the process of locating and securing a venue typically take? And furthermore, what are (approx. if possible) the expenses involved? We would, ideally, be looking to exhibit within a somewhat close proximity to Free Range, in order to ‘capitalise’ on its traffic. Look forward to hearing back from you.

All the best,


Interimspaces email signup:

Interimspaces email inquiry email sign-up

eMail sign-up confirmation:

Interimspaces email inquiry email sign-up confirmation

Exposure unit – Week 3: Assembly point research

Gallery type: Artist run

Host artist(s): James Edgar and Sam Walker


Short artist bio:

James Edgar and Sam Walker, collectively known as Edgar-Walker, are a collaborative duo of artists who have been working on projects together since they met each other whilst studying a MA Fine Art course. As noted by on their website, ‘Their approach to making has been influenced by ideas around play, dialogue and experimentation. Edgar-Walker’s sculptures, installations and printed matter utilise a palette of found and overlooked materials from everyday contexts. Their varied output registers as both formal and playful, seeking to delineate the boundaries between material, image, form and function’.


Image: Assembly point gallery space

About the gallery:

Location:  49 Staffordshire Street, London

Travel links from my location: Very good

Cost to exhibit: Free

Selection process: Curators/cross-pollination between workshops and studios


Next event:

‘Turning To Dust’

Jemma Egan

10 Nov – 9 Dec 2017


Assembly Point was subjected to the same compatibility assessment as Guest Projects, and so has also been deemed to facilitate the strategy outlined at the beginning of this presentation. Again, just as with Guest Projects, Assembly Point is a gallery dedicated to emerging artists/recent graduates. Though unlike Guest Projects, work is not chosen by means of a panel of judges. Instead, a lot of the work exhibited at Assembly Point, is hand-selected by Edgar-Walker, or associate curator, Marios Stamatis – All of whom frequent art fairs, galleries, exhibitions and so forth, in the search of new talent. It was Assembly Point’s write-up featured within an article published by artsy.com that formed the ideological basis for my strategy:

‘Their space, a former Methodist Hall with plenty of character, has room for studios and a gallery space, and generates healthy cross-pollination between the two (studio residents appear in group shows with some regularity)’.

This is precisely the gateway I have outlined. Assembly point, also plays host to workshops and events, on top of studio space and residencies. It is a very active space, run by two evidently ambitious artists, and thus would provide a frequent, reliable outlet for the implementation of my strategy. Working within a studio resident position is something I am very interested in doing, and so Assembly Point, in facilitating such, as well as noting that there exists a ‘healthly cross-polination between the two [studios and exhibitions]), Assembly Point could provide an opportunity for me to kill two birds with one stone.

From carrying out my own searches on instagram, through searching by location, I have been able to find images of past exhibitions, which I was unable to find on Assembly Point’s site. There are a fair few examples of photographic work within the space, which is promising to see:




Exposure unit – Week 3: Guest projects research

Gallery type: Artist run

Host artist(s): Yinka Shonibare

Short artist bio:

Shonibare’s is a British-Nigerian artist whose work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. His most notable works include:


Shonibare - Gallantry and conversation

‘Gallantry and Criminal Conversation’  (2002)



‘Nelson’s ship in a bottle’  (2010)


globe head ballerina

And finally, ‘Globe Head Ballerina’  (2012)


In 2004, Shonibare was nominated for the Turner prize and later received an MBE… And his works feature within numerous prominent collections, such as the Tate Collection, London: Victoria and Albert Museum and Washington, D.C.: Museum of modern art.



Image: Guest project gallery space

About the gallery:
Location: 1 Andrews Road, London (alongside Regent’s canal)
Travel links from my location: Very good
Cost to exhibit: Free
Selection process: Judged submittal


Next event:

Friday, October 20, 2017


‘Weisslich partners with guest curator Teoma Naccarato to feature an evening of two back-to-back concerts of experimental dance and choreography, sculpture performance, and new work for flute and trombone. Featured artists include: Teoma NaccaratoRichard CraigEmilie GallierJon RoskillyJohn MacCallumLotte Van Gelder, and Mark Reiner’.


As noted by the Guest Projects site, ‘Guest Projects provides young artists with the opportunity to create and showcase their work, without the financial pressures that often come with producing and exhibiting new work. Time and space are both essential to creative production, yet are often hard to come by. Shonibare’s experiences as a young artist saw him learn this firsthand and inspired him to set up the program’. So, it is a free space open to artists of, ‘any discipline’ and of course,  by having survived my selection process, is evidence that the strategy outlined earlier in this presentation can be facilitated by the gallery. For, Guest Projects sees host not only to exhibitions, but talks/seminars (as of March this year) as well as a monthly/bi-monthly event called, ‘The artist dinning room’, which they refer to as a, ‘supper club’, in which, ‘creative minds can engage with the ideas of a well known artist through food’. With past dinning room events featuring discussions on artists such as Sophie Calle and Andy Warhol. And I feel this is what is so interesting and exciting about Guest Projects, not only do they offer the opportunity to exhibit for free in a space owned by a world-known award winning artist, they are also not afraid to try new things. To be at the for-front of such and to have the opportunity to see how Yinka’s creative process works, would be invaluable.




This Week’s Six Pillars Show – Yinka Shonibare MBE