3rd May 2018
Basic Space is an independent art space with a programme of exhibitions, residencies & public programmes throughout Ireland, in collaboration with external institutions & practitioners.
Daniel → Previous Co-Director Lee Welch asked me to become a Co-Director outside LIDL on Thomas St, April 2016. Previous to which I was a student of Visual Culture BA in NCAD and had curated a number of independent projects in Ireland & UK.
Kim → Applied for the position of Co-Director with Basic Space in April 2017 after graduating from Visual Arts Practice IADT in 2016. Got involved because I want to work with likeminded people & to help emerging artists who were in the same position as me.
How we experience the art scene in Dublin – non viable –
we live at home & are both jobless.
over run by curators.
cyclical – work, artists, curators.
highly professionalised/no space to make mistakes as an artist. Not experimental enough.
Similarities with Ormston House, we LOVE them.
We look to RGKSKSRG as an initiative that works without a space.
Ideally we would love to be Catalyst ☺
Role of Artist Run Spaces
– space to fail, experiment, take risks, to do things you wouldn’t be able to do in more established institutions.
-to centre communities & audiences that may not be served otherwise.
‘Miraculous Thirst’ exhibition in Galway Art’s Centre, May 5th with Emma Haugh & Eimear Walsh, looking at queer desire and sex and our spaces.
Our current residency in Incubation Space, the LAB, James Joyce St with the Asylum Archive. Public programmes & exhibitions, issues of memory, power, authority, detention and supervision.
Upcoming talk with critical duo ‘White Pube’ in Hugh Lane in June.
EU falling apart
Rights of Refugees & Migrants
Violence against Trans people of colour
Rise of Fascism
At the time I wrote the article, Basic Space was still in the shadow of losing our space in Marlborough Lane. I was thinking about strategies of survival & persistence. In that, I thought it urgent to move away from the idea of Basic Space/the institution necessitating of physical space. Obviously idealistic, I wanted to communicate the desire of how a generation of vulnerable independent art spaces could continue to support emerging artists & make challenging work. I think partly – with some failings, we have achieved this desire.
In expanding the discourses in which we engage my ambition was directed more towards the communities, identities & audiences in which we serve & work with. It has been my priority to establish a representative institution giving space & resources to people of colour, disabled & queer artists. As I feel Ireland & the Dublin art scene is still overwhelmingly white, middle class, straight & able. I wanted to address this disparity.
See Question 4 for upcoming Basic Space info ☺
Hugh Lane has been extremely accommodating to us with Basic Talks, we really enjoy being involved with them. It’s been really rewarding to work with and hear about different artist’s practices within a public setting. We are looking forward to working with the Hugh Lane for the foreseeable future and bringing diverse artists to the forefront.
‘The Present is not Enough’ with Olivia Sparrow & Kian Benson Bailes was a pivotal project in shaping the current Basic Space. It was based in CCA Derry ~ Londonderry and was the first of many off-site projects where we worked alongside the community to explore identity & place.
We would like to have a permanent space with artist’s studios for emerging artists with partnerships within the local community. We would love to place the artists as a priority within Basic Space not Basic Space as the priority.
Basic Space is an independent art space based in Dublin, in Dublin City Council (DCC) building Incubation Space, Unit 4, James Joyce St. You can find us at our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and www.basicspace.ie