Art & CultureSupporting and Showcasing Local Artists
WORK_SPACE has three separate and yet complimentary art galleries, as well as multiple venues, that can be utilized for performance space, artisan pop-up shoppes, and creativity workshops. Please contact a member of the WORK_SPACE staff if you are an artist wanting to share your talents with our community.
All of the WORK_SPACE galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Friday between the hours of 10a-4p unless the space is being occupied for a meeting or special event. Please feel free to stop by and see the ever-changing exhibits or call us at 860.647.6029 for information. We also suggest you follow us on Facebook where you will see announcements for art openings and other cultural programs.
OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS
WORK_SPACE is committed to showcasing and supporting artists. We accept art submissions of various mediums and subjects on a rolling basis. We are currently seeking submissions for our upcoming themed shows including:
December 5 – 7, 2019: 2nd Annual Artisan Holiday Shoppe. To print a form, click here.
February 3 – April 10, 2020: High School Exhibit (Submission Form TBA)
July 1, 2020-Sept. 10, 2020: Veterans’ Art Exhibit (Submission Form TBA)
WORK_SPACE is hosting the first annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Art Exhibition and Experience titled: PERSPECTIVES: WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT, WE ARE ALL ONE.
Thanks to partners from the highly pluralistic Greater Hartford Community and generous support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, the call to artists distributed in August attracted over 50 artists submitting more than 150 works of art; almost 100 of which will be displayed in the Main and Loop Galleries at WORK_SPACE and/or shared at one of the more than a dozen events.
Aligned with the mission of Manchester’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative, this exhibit is designed to reflect, respect, re-imagine, explore, express, and engage human differences and similarities in a variety of striking and subtle ways.
The exhibit will run from November 6 – December 26, 2019 and can be viewed during WORK_SPACE public hours, Monday – Friday (10 am – 4 pm), and Saturdays (10 am – 3 pm).
Please refer to our events page for a full list of exhibit programming.
Curated by WORK_SPACE member Christiane O’Brien, Gallery 901 displays a variety of local art on and around our Collaborative Coworking Space on the 2nd floor, as well as in our various meeting spaces.
Current Artists on Display
The Loop Gallery
The Loop Gallery is within the hallway that connects the four unique meeting venues on the first floor. We like to feature the work of local artists and students. Currently, we are showcasing a portion of the exhibit SANKOFA by Michelle Thomas.
This exhibit is Michelle’s Masters Thesis for her degree in Art Education from Central CT State University. It represents her personal journey of looking back upon life, retracing historical events and individual experiences to glean knowledge of self. During her research, she discovered the necessity of infusing the African descent community with images and stories of empowerment to create a climate of unity and love to become the standard for a lasting legacy.
Contact WORK_SPACE to get started with a free day pass and tour, coworking, hosting a meeting, hosting an event, and much more.