Why is S.P.A.C.E here?
S.P.A.C.E stands for Supportive Places for Artists and the Creative Economy. Formerly the Soda Plant Artist Collective Environment, S.P.A.C.E has a mission to create an accessible venue for showing, viewing, and making artwork by the public in Vermont and beyond. By combining creative endeavors with industrial reuse, S.P.A.C.E contributes to the economic revitalization of the industrial South End of Burlington – and beyond!
A Brief History of S.P.A.C.E
There once was a room in The Soda Plant, walls all around, a roof overhead, and a floor below. This space was classified as a warehouse:
||a building, or a part of one, for the storage of goods, merchandise, etc
This warehouse was then cleared out in 2009 and transformed to become an art gallery surrounded by 12 working artist studios called The S.P.A.C.E. (Soda Plant Artist Collective Environment).
The Backspace Gallery was added on in 2010, bringing the total number of studios to 18, and doubling the amount of exhibition space available. The S.P.A.C.E. and Backspace Galleries now host monthly exhibits, with opening receptions during First Friday Art Walks from 5 – 9pm.
To become involved, visit our Call to Artists and Rent a Studio pages or subscribe to our blog and newsletter to receive the latest news and posts. Thanks for your interest, we hope to see or hear from you soon!
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