|Deborah Anzinger's own studio space|
1. Promoting local artists and curators that are already working hard in this way
2. Strengthening the local and international community of such individuals
3. Building new audiences for these artists
How did you come to be involved in this project?
How important is the site's location in Kingston to the aims of the project and what kind of space/s are you planning to setup?
|Some renderings of the future arts space.|
I think of Kingston as being a place where the desire for nowness is palpable and has led to inventiveness. For me this is most easily demonstrated by the speed with which new musical genres have developed here in the last 50 years. I also think there is an inherent inventiveness that comes out of urban environments where life moves faster. I love being around that and I like tapping into it. There is also a wide breadth of walks of life in Kingston, and I’m of the opinion that the power to invigorate and move people has something to do with usurping a space across class and other boundaries; this is something NLS aims to do through visual arts. We want to open up the conversation to whoever is interested in accessing the energy and new ways of thinking and looking that the artists in our program have to offer, and we want to give these artists the support that will help them bring their novel ideas and vision into fruition, however large or small.
We also want to give the public the opportunity to see, understand and appreciate these new ways of seeing/thinking. Therefore essential parts of NLS’s programming are planned studio visits open to the public of the resident artists’ workspace, as well as panel discussions during the run of exhibitions; all part of a mechanism for creating a strong culture around visual arts.
Part of the outline of the program is to have a mix of local and international artists during each residency cycle. This is to facilitate a larger network, a larger conversation, and really allow local and international artists the opportunity to see themselves in different contexts, as well as adopt and borrow things they may never have imagined on their own…these are things that are valuable for creative breakthroughs.
Visit NLS site to find out more. What hopes do you have for a new art space in Kingston?