Taking the name of Open Space as a starting point, the 2019 programme will be led by the idea of Space without spaces. This theme playfully references the model of Open Space: an arts organisation operating without a fixed exhibition space, choosing instead to explore multiple and unexpected spaces.
Simultaneously, the programme addresses a pressing contemporary issue: in a climate of rapidly encroaching borders and increasing privatisation in the arts and in public life more widely, what might it mean to exist in a Space without spaces? Faced with fewer resources to develop languages of exchange, how might creative practices help us reconfigure ways of inhabiting space?
The four projects that constitute our annual programme respond to these questions, while experimenting with different sensory and conceptual spaces for arts programming: digital, discursive, residential, culinary.