The Gallow Gate is curated by Natalia Palombo and provides a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture. Projects consider access to creative and cultural activity, expectations within arts practice and the misrepresentation of non-western cultures in the UK.
The programme seeks to create new audiences and to prioritise creative practitioners with African and Caribbean heritage to address west-and-white-centric thinking prevalent in the majority of UK creative institutions. Through exhibitions, international residencies, seminars, screenings, workshops and live events, the programme will continue to question social commentary within the arts sector, and wider society in the UK, responding to several all-encompassing concepts - postmodernism, postcolonialism, globalization and migration.
Since opening in March 2016, The Gallow Gate has experimented with methodology by introducing play and participation to the programme to build accessibility to creative practice with our local context. The programme has been designed to challenge what people expect from creative practice, and to try to break down barriers of access and elitism within the sector. We’ve done this largely by producing cross-arts projects with live and participatory elements, inviting audiences into the process of making rather than focusing on ‘final/completed work’.
This year, we have invited 8 artists/collectives to undertake an series of on-site residencies. Some of our residencies sit within existing programmes including Connect ZA (South Africa), Making More Art Happen (Zimbabwe), Stories, Stones and Bones (Heritage Lottery Fund), and invites artists from Scotland, Wales, South Africa, Zimbabwe, The Gambia, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Senegal, Morocco, Barbados and Pakistan to The Barras.
You can find out more about Natalia's practice at www.nataliapalombo.co.uk, and updates on the programme will be posted on www.manystudios.co.uk.