Bar Lane Studios have announced plans to relaunch as a new, artist-led social enterprise.
Though beleaguered with financial problems during its original incarnation, the studios, just off Micklegate were beloved of many local artists, musicians and culture devotees, providing an important hub, exhibition space and place of work for a number of York’s creative communities. News of Bar Lane Studios’ relaunch will come as great news to many, throughout the city.
Unfortunately, the public cafe and exhibition space which once buzzed with opening night excitement will not be making a return, but the most essential function of the studios – the provision of studio space and print-making facilities – is to continue.
The team behind this new era at Bar Lane Studios say: “[We aim] to provide a hands on interpersonal approach in which artists and designers can network and exhibit their work balanced with a focused working environment, utilised by internationally renowned artists. Facilities include secure and communal workspaces all offered on flexible terms to assist with the often difficult cash flow issues that artists may face. The artists themselves regularly provide a range of courses, workshops and seminars which are open to the public for those looking to try something new or develop professionally.”
This community-based approach will surely do wonders for York’s artistic movements – through unity comes the sharing of ideas, exposure for hitherto little-known artists and support for those encountering difficulties.
We wish the new team at Bar Lane every success for the future. There’s a hard road ahead, but we get the impression they’ve got all the right ideas not only to get by, but to create a truly invaluable institution for the arts in York.
The relaunch event for the studios will be held on the weekend starting Friday 4th of October, opening with a full artist preview running 7pm ’til late in which the artists will be holding meet and greet sessions as well as showcasing their work and services. On Saturday the 5th the artists’ studios and print room will be opened to the public from 10am – 5pm. Each studio holder will be setting their own studio up as exhibition space to discuss their artwork and provide people with the opportunity to make purchases. The Bar Lane print club will also be open for live screen and lino printing demonstrations, for anyone who wants to create their own artwork.