Tin Shed Gallery was an exhibition space I co-organised with Catherine Weir
Active Dates: September 2012 – August 2013
Location: Goldsmith College, Ben Pimlott Foyer
The Tin Shed was a multi-faceted platform of exhibition, experimentation and discussion dedicated to the promotion of work bringing together art and technology in engaging, provocative and unexpected ways. The Tin Shed Gallery was the focal point of our programme; housed in the foyer of Goldsmiths College’s Ben Pimlott Building it was a versatile exhibition and meeting space for new and established, local and international artists.
We organised a vibrant exhibition program of work by visiting artists which formed the foundation for an on-going series of seminar events bringing together international artists and academics in discussion on the key issues raised by each exhibit. We believed it was to the benefit of both arts practitioners and academics to engage in these debates not only to further their own research but to challenge their own preconceived notions and those of their audience.
The Tin Shed, through its close partnership with Goldsmiths College in South East London, was uniquely placed to facilitate these connections between artists and the academic community. We where are to able to offer artists short term residences within the Goldsmiths Digital Studios, working alongside postgraduate students, PhD candidates and established specialists engaged in cutting-edge research intersecting art, science and society.
When the gallery was not occupied by one of our visiting artists’ exhibitions it was open to Goldsmiths students to experiment with and promote their work in a public setting. Selected from an open call for proposals, these projects gave students invaluable experience of the exhibition process and an opportunity to test their work in a public setting. The wider New Cross area of London is already home to a vast array of community and student-led projects; in this spirit we actively encouraged both students and visiting artists to extend their work beyond the institution and to seek new audiences in the wider community.