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ArtWorks and RTF Collaborate to “Open Walls” at RTP Frontier to Artists

ArtWorks and RTF Collaborate to “Open Walls” at RTP Frontier to Artists

 

Since moving in to the Frontier, Triangle ArtWorks has been working with Research Triangle Foundation (RTF) to develop ways to support the artists working in RTP, and to bring more Triangle artists into RTP.  RTF has just kicked off its latest program created through this Collaboration called “Open Walls”.  If you have never been to the Frontier, it is a vibrant and engaging space full of people day and night.  RTF describes it as “RTP’s centrally located spot to plug in, collaborate and plan your next big move. The Frontier is open to anyone with bold ideas and big dreams.” Every day there are people working in “Home Base” and attending meetings or conferences, while almost every night there is an event.  Last week, ArtWorks hosted their SMASH event at the Frontier!

ArtWorks SMASH at Frontier.

ArtWorks’ SMASH at Frontier.

But there are a lot of empty walls.

Rather than just buying art to hang on the walls, RTF and ArtWorks saw an opportunity to “incubate” visual artists.  In the Open Walls program, Triangle-based art galleries, guilds, collectives and organizations will be provided access to wall space in the Frontier for display of art work for sale. Our goals are two-fold: 1) Provide a new space for artists to reach new patrons,  2) Let it be known that The Frontier is a place where creative and artistic thinking is not only encouraged but expected. As RTF writes on their website, ” We want people to feel creativity oozing through The Frontier when they come here for a meeting or event or simply to work.”

Here are the “Nuts and Bolts” from RTF’s Website:

"Home Base" in The Frontier, in the morning before it gets busy. Look at those blank walls!

“Home Base” in The Frontier, in the morning before it gets busy. Look at those blank walls!

We are limiting the application for the Open Walls program to groups, such as arts organizations, collectives, studios, galleries and guilds). To be eligible the groups must commit to changing out the art every two months for one calendar year. The applications will be examined on a rolling basis and at the end of the one year term there is an option to reapply.

The Open Walls program will be available for viewing during The Frontier’s hours of operation. The Frontier is generally opened Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm with expanded hours coming over the next six months. If there is a sale, we present two options: 1) it can be removed and given to the patron and immediately replaced with another piece or 2) remain for the remainder of the two month period. The Frontier will take 0% commission on works sold. We see this as a barter – the artists are lending us work to beautify our space and make people feel inspired and in return we are foregoing the standard commission applied. Win-win!

For more information, and to fill out the application, look here.

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ArtWorks collaborates with RTF to support artists in RTP

Call-for-artists-medTriangle ArtWorks office is located in the middle of RTP because the location makes it easy for us to serve artists in all five counties of the Triangle.  But also it allows us to engage the Research Triangle Park in the work we do.  RTP is a huge part of what “makes the Triangle the Triangle”.  It is full of people who live and breathe creativity and innovation, many of whom engage in an arts discipline outside of their “day jobs”.   So, having an office at the Frontier allows us to also support RTP artists and work to include more artists from around the Triangle in what is happening at RTP.

We are working with Research Triangle Foundation (“RTF” which runs RTP) on many short and long term projects and ideas for this work.  But one of the first efforts has just kicked off – The First RTP Art Show!  Jacob Newbauer of RTF just posted the following on the Frontier’s blog, so I am just going to repost it here (especially since a lot of the language came from me!).

The Research Triangle Foundation (“RTF”) has partnered with Triangle ArtWorks on the first annual RTP Employee Art Exhibition. The show will be held at The Frontier, from February 11 to March 11, 2016 and will showcase art created by employees across Research Triangle Park. In an effort to elevate the show, we will have Dr. Larry Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, serving as the sole juror. There will also be cash prizes awarded to top entries.

Our team wanted to highlight the incredible creativity of RTP employees beyond what happens in research labs and entrepreneurial ventures. There is growing data that artistic creativity and scientific innovation inform one another, and we want to create a venue to express that connection.

RTP has long been recognized for amazing innovations and discoveries that happen here in the areas of science and technology, but we also recognize that among these scientists and techies there are sculptors, painters, and mixed-media artists. Bob Geolas, president and CEO of Research Triangle Foundation continuously states, “We are dreamers, believers, planners and creators. We imagine what the world could be and then roll up our sleeves and make it so.” In order to achieve this, we are aiming to increase the presence of creative thinking in RTP to include more than test tubes and pipets, but also the kind of creativity that comes across on canvas.

We recognize that the creative spirit that exists within geneticists and programmers is the same creativity that makes great artists. Our goal is to spotlight what is happening in RTP while also spurring new thought and innovation by recognizing artists that already at work within RTP companies. The RTP Employee Art Exhibition is the first event in this effort. At this time eligibility is limited to RTP employees in order to emphasize the creativity found within the 40,000 people working here each day. Our hope is that this show will spur many subsequent programs that will be open to all members of the art community, and those that have an interest in the arts. Future initiatives will be aimed at creating a place for arts in RTP prior to the completion of the Park Center development. It’s our hope that these opportunities will give artists across our great state a literal and figurative venue to show off their own form of innovation.

To view the full call for work and submission instructions, click here.

SCHEDULE

Submission deadline: December 21, 2015 by 11:59 p.m
Notification of acceptance: January 11, 2016
Delivery of accepted work: January 25 and 26, 2016 times to be announced upon notification
Exhibition dates: February 11 through March 11, 2016
Opening reception: February 11, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pick up of work: March 13-15, 2016 times to be announced upon notification

So help us spread the word to your friends in RTP!

Beth

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You Are Invited! – ArtWorks Open House on January 21

COME to our OPEN HOUSE on JANUARY 21!

It’s a New Year and we have a New Office and a New Partner

So we are inviting the ENTIRE TRIANGLE ARTS COMMUNITY in to see our new space and help us celebrate!

We are creating a space to bring the Triangle arts community together and kicking it off with an Open House on Wednesday, January 21. Join us at The Frontier from 4-7pm to tour the space, learn more about Triangle ArtWorks and our work, and socialize with other members of the Triangle arts industry.

Arts Now
will be there taking pictures, engaging with social media and creating some fun! They are an engaging media platform that works to give the Triangle more access to the abundance of artist in the Triangle.  Check them out here.

Representatives of other organizations that serve the arts business community will also be on hand to provide information on their services. And we will be taking your input on future programs and services, as well as ideas for our new partnership with Research Triangle Foundation.

This is the first time that the entire Triangle arts community, for-profit and non-profit, individuals and groups, all disciplines, have been invited to come together as a community.

Don’t miss this event! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the future of the Triangle Region and the Triangle arts industry!

The Open House is FREE, but registration is necessary. Directions and registration are here
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More about ArtWorks New Space at the Frontier

 

A Central Space for ArtWorks and the Arts Community

On January 5, 2015, Triangle ArtWorks moved into an office in The Frontier at 800 Park Offices Drive in Research Triangle Park.  The Frontier is the first building in Research Triangle Foundation’s (RTF) new Park Center concept.  RTF envisions The Frontier as a space where people can gather, network, and innovate across boundaries – a perfect place for Triangle ArtWorks.

As a practical matter, this location provides ArtWorks an office that is central in the Triangle, making it easier for staff to serve the arts industry in all five counties of the Triangle.  It also allows us to have a central location for meetings and events, that can be more easily accessed by artists from all sides of the Triangle, which has been a challenge, to this point, for us and our work.

New Resources and Opportunities

This move gives us more than just a great location.  As part of this move, ArtWorks has begun working collaboratively with RTF to develop methods to bring the Research Triangle Park community together with the Triangle arts community to expand and ignite the work of both.  The Research Triangle Park is an important component of what makes the Triangle an amazing place to live and work.  RTF has spent the last year working to reinvent RTP for the future, and is looking to create new spaces and places, such as Park Center and the Frontier, but also wants to start doing things in a different way.

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The window of the main lobby of the Frontier sums up RTF’s goals for the space.

As part of their underlying beliefs, RTF states “We are dreamers, believers, planners and creators. We imagine what the world could be and then roll up our sleeves and make it so. This is where ideas are nurtured; where we’re free to look out over the horizon and dream big; where asking, “What if…” is the norm.”  We at Triangle ArtWorks know that this is what artists do every day. So bringing the RTP community and the arts community together just makes sense.

Part of Triangle ArtWorks mission is to create new resources and opportunities for the Triangle arts community as an industry group. ArtWorks research into community needs show that the arts community needs new venues to perform and show their work, they need more opportunities to expand their work and to discover new ways of approaching their work, and they need to reach new audiences.  They also need more opportunities to come together as a group, or by arts discipline or interest, to learn, network and share resources.

Through our new office location and our partnership with RTF, we will not only have a place to bring the community together, we will be able to work with RTF to create opportunities to, for lack of a better word, SMASH the Triangle arts community and the RTP tech/biotech/engineering community together and see what new things happen.  We have lots of ideas and plans for programs and events that would allow these groups to network, work together, support each other and take both communities in new directions. There are model programs globally for such work, but the Triangle region should be a leader in this work. We can’t wait to get started and look forward to your participating in this work!

Have questions? Want to learn more? Want to get involved? Email us!

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