"GALLERY NO.32 IS A SITE OF CREATIVE DIVERSITY, CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY AND CREATIVE CONNECTION. WE PROMOTE AND PROVIDE CREATIVE EXCHANGE."
Gallery No.32 is an artist led outdoor gallery space built in the summer of 2020. Providing free space for emerging artists to exhibit their work in an anti-elitist environment, bringing art to the day-2-day public eye.
Gallery No.32 was born in June 2020, during the first national lockdown in the UK in response to 3 pressing factors;
- The closure of galleries meaning there was no art to see, less art to make and less creativity to feed minds.
- The lack of financially viable opportunity for emerging artists.
- The hierarchic system of exchange within the art world.
Megan Stuart, Co-Director and Developer of Gallery No.32: ‘We are DIY artists creating our own opportunities, not waiting for the system to answer them; it’s getting much busier as DIY is becoming more of a necessity. The response we have had so far to the gallery is direct proof of this and it's incredibly exciting.’
Kieran Idle, Co-Director and Developer of Gallery No.32:
‘Why start small? Small can be the risktakers – there’s less limitation, less constriction and more scope to explore and experiment. Small gets in the gaps. “Big trips over small”’.
GALLERY NO.32 IS AN ART INSTALLATION ADDRESSING THE ARTWORLD AS A SYSTEM. ITS PRESENCE WORKS AGAINST THE PYRAMIDAL ARTWORLD, WITH THE OMNIPOTENT DECIDERS AT ITS APEX, INSTEAD SUPPORTING THE HORIZONTAL NETWORK – ANTI-HIERARCHY. THE GALLERY ENCAPSULATES THE DIY MOVEMENT IN WHICH ARTISTS ARE CREATING THEIR OWN OPPORTUNITIES, NOT WAITING FOR THE SYSTEM TO ANSWER THEM. IT IS A TOOL TO ANY ARTIST THAT WANTS TO DISPLAY THEIR WORK AS IT FUNCTIONS AS AN OUTDOOR GALLERY SPACE. BUILT COMPLETELY FROM LOCALLY RECLAIMED MATERIALS, GALLERY NO.32 IS A ZERO-EXPENDITURE PROJECT, MEANING IT'S COMPLETELY FREE TO DISPLAY. THE GALLERY’S BRICOLAGE AESTHETIC SPEAKS OF ITS BIRTH IN A PANDEMIC WORLD OF DIY. THE RECLAIMED MATERIALS REFLECT ITS PURPOSE TO ASSIST ARTISTS IN A PAUSED ARTWORLD. GALLERY NO.32 IS DEVOTED TO MAKING ART PUBLIC BY ALLOWING ARTISTS TO EXHIBIT WORK IN AN ANTI-ELITIST ENVIRONMENT, BRINGING ART TO THE DAY-2-DAY PUBLIC EYE.