AirSpace Gallery is a collaborative, artist led project in Stoke-on-Trent, providing professional development opportunities, studio and exhibiting space and support for artists. Through a dynamic and evolving programme of exhibitions, events and activities AirSpace Gallery brings critical, high quality contemporary art to the region and provides opportunities for a broad range of artists.
AirSpace Gallery was started in 2006 and since then the gallery has worked with a number of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. As an artist-led space, the Gallery's current research interests mirror those of its directors and is particularly concerned with issues surrounding collaboration and partnership working and a relational relevance with its location and the socio-political landscape.
AirSpace has an ongoing series of projects, which are developed through a mixture of open calls and invitation. This makes for an exciting and vibrant mix of exhibitions, residencies, projects, artist development events and public realm works.
Our programme of events is constantly being updated, and you can keep up-to-date through our mailing list, facebook or twitter pages. Go to our Contact page for more details.
An artist whose practice examines private histories, public space and civic languages; using forms of intervention, drawing, mapping, performance, consultation and photography to investigate the impact that artists can have on their environments. She is course leader on the BA Fine Art course, Staffordshire University.
Gallery roles - strategy and vision, curation, programming, education and outreach.
Glen Stoker A visual artist working in photography and film, installation and assemblage, performance and text. The site and location specific practice is centred on acts of walk and response, and carried out largely in the public realm. Themes of urban place and space narrow down to a particular focus on urban land use and the post-industrial human living condition, alongside ideas of absence and presence and longing and belonging in the contemporary city.
Gallery roles - strategy and vision, curation, programming, artist liaison, marketing.
An artist whose practice explores the place of black humour and satire in providing efficacious representations of weighty topics. She reflects upon cultural labelling that leads to misconceptions and combines multiple viewpoints to highlight the absurdity of our stereotyping. Creating meditations on the everyday, through simple gestures, myths associated with objects are exposed and questions on value, needs and desire are raised. These concerns are approached through film, photography, performance and object making.
Gallery roles - curation, programming, marketing, financial.
An artist and founding member of AirSpace Gallery. In his artistic practice he works with a variety of media, both in a gallery setting and on site specific projects. His practice is mainly concerned with the idea of work and effort and often involves elements of engineering.
Gallery roles - strategy, technical, legal and financial.
Mally Mallinson - one half of the collaborative duo Doyle and Mallinson, has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Britain and the Saatchi Gallery and is also one of the founding members and directors of MOT in London. Mally divides his time between London and Uttoxeter.
Gallery roles - artistic vision.
Terry Shave - currently Professor of Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, has initiated and developed a significant range of arts projects both nationally and abroad. These particularly focus on location specific intervention work that attempts to use art to explore socio-political and historical interpretations of sites. He was a founder member and is currently Chair of UK Young Artists, a young artists support agency based in the East Midlands. This produced the first World Event Young Artists in Nottingham in September 2012. He has won prizes in the John Moores painting exhibition in Liverpool and the Unilever Award in London. He has also curated exhibitions that explore drawing, museum collections and contemporary painting in the UK.
Gallery roles - artistic vision, education, funding.
Claire Garner has been a longterm supporter and member of the gallery. She has a background in company law and is currently employed by JCB Excavators on their legal team. Claire brings both her legal expertise to the board as well as providing a voice of someone who has an interest in art but is not from an arts background.
Gallery roles - legal advice, and business links.
Phil Rawle is a graphic designer and educator who worked in London, New York and Washington DC prior to moving to the West Midlands. He has worked with AirSpace since its inception and is responsible for its identity and promotional design.
Gallery roles - branding and marketing.