Haarlem Artspace opened in 2017 as a multi-purpose artist-led space to champion rural contemporary arts. We opened a project space in 2018, and a new wheelchair-accessible public gallery in 2019. We have tripled our studio capacity since opening, and launched successful Associate Artists & Supporter schemes. We also expanded our board and are in the process of converting into a charity.
Our programme has grown to include bi-monthly curated exhibitions, residencies and regular AV nights. Internal Nebular, our inaugural exhibition, received Editor’s top pick in the Guardian Guide. We collaborate annually with Wirksworth Festival. In May 2019 we completed an Arts Council-funded week-long residency on the theme of Collectivism and collaborated with Junction Arts to deliver the Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference. We have developed a partnership with Instituto Procomum in Brazil with British Council funding. We have built new audiences: 6483 people attended our exhibitions, events and talks in 2018 and Victoria Lucas’s solo show in 2018 drew in 1500 visitors over two days.
With support from East Street Arts’ Guild programme, we are now positioning ourselves for further growth. Having developed a curatorial voice sensitive to our surroundings, we are now amplifying our voice, establishing ourselves as the place to see rural contemporary art during the Wirksworth Festival, and reaching out from Wirksworth across the UK.