Space Release (2012–13)

Principally based within the Stephenson Works building in Newcastle upon Tyne, Space Release utilised this site (a grade II listed building, positioned within a regeneration area) as a departure point to explore space as a formative moment in art. The programme jointly explored the notion that art occupies, creates and defines space and is simultaneously defined by it. Exploring the possibilities and parameters of the exhibition space, through a 15-month thematic project, 'Space Release' looked at the relationship between site, moving image and time based artworks. This project included 3 new solo exhibitions (by Emma Hart, Ruben Grilo and Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan) and calendar of parallel events and screenings. Space Release considered the role of site within production and display, pursuing the attributes of site which contrast to the gallery and create discourse around the value and function of this alternative within exhibition-making. In curating 'Space Release', CIRCA Projects adopted the format of a multi-event exhibition, over one site that drew attention to current artistic positions, consulting closely with the artists included in the programme. All events were numbered to present a coherent thought trail – moving from one position in art to the next, abridged by interconnected ideas.