About the Gallery
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is Workshop Foundation’s exhibition and residency space in London. It supports a diverse range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists by providing them with space and time to develop their practice, championing principles of integrity and rigour. Through its residency programmes and exhibitions, it gives artists, curators and theorists a platform to present work and share ideas as well as creating an environment for freethinking and exchange.
The Foundation seeks to progress artists’ careers and connect them to the public. It has now organised more than 25 exhibitions with over 100 artists and curators.
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop was founded in 2015 by artist Stacie McCormick in a former builder’s merchant.
About the Foundation
The objectives of Workshop Foundation are to promote the arts and the advancement of artistic practice and innovation. Workshop Foundation achieves this by creating essential opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists of all ages and backgrounds, as well as curators, by providing space and time for exhibitions, residencies, arts education and public programs. Workshop Foundation also establishes and maintains outwardly engaged and meaningful experiences by providing free access to these programs for public benefit.
Workshop Foundation was started by Stacie McCormick on the long held belief that the arts are central to society and in significant need of support. The arts have the capacity to alter our future, sometimes radically or physically and, most often, by simply enhancing our time on earth. With a real understanding of the central role that artists play in changing and shaping our experience of the world, McCormick has spent years developing a way to provide space and time, without commercial constraints.
The driving spirit of the Foundation is based on four principles: space, time, rigor and integrity. By filtering all activities through these principals we feel certain to grow and expand so that we can support all our programs and significantly nurture the arts.
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Workshop Foundation Residency supports three artists per year and allows them to grow their practice both intensively and professionally. The use of a generous studio space and exhibition space accelerates an artist’s practice and fosters a direct relationship with the public. Resident artists are fully engaged members of the Foundation, with responsibilities and commitments to its growth and development. Resident artists are given access to a working studio for three months, in which they are able to create new works, and an exhibition space to allow the public to view these works.
Workshop Foundation encourages outside curators to present proposals for the use of the exhibition space. Workshop Foundation scrutinizes these proposals and filters them through its core values. As with the residency program the non-commercial aspect allows for exhibitions from curators that may not otherwise have found a platform. The Foundation also invites cultural practitioners to interact with the exhibitions by organizing related events (talks, film screenings, performances, dinners etc.),
Guest Gallery Programme
Workshop Foundation has created the guest gallery program to collaborate with an international gallery and present one or multiple artists to the London art scene.
Workshop Foundation is interested in connecting to the community and creating opportunities for all local and wider communities to be engaged in the activities at Unit 1 Gallery l Workshop. By reaching out to our immediate area, Workshop Foundation plans to host youth programmes, nursing home programmes, nearby studios and local art initiatives.