The Drawing Room | Oriel Davies | 2016/17

Drawing Room

A pop-up project and event space at Oriel Davies Gallery.

Dark Olive produced and programmed, as well as created the website platform for Open Space, Oriel Davies Gallery's two year pilot project.

The Drawing Room was the first edition of Open Space. From 22 October 2016 to the 25 February 2017. The Drawing Room was a multi-use space - an artist studio, boutique cinema, stage set, newsroom... A place for ideas, where discussion, learning, creativity and play were encouraged. A space for hanging out and entertaining friends – Newtown's living room in an art gallery.

Developed as s creative, social space, where art, performance, craft and film will be made, shared and inspired. Oriel Davies worked in collaboration with artists and the public to create The Drawing Room, a curiously inviting room assembled from found, collected, customized and bespoke objects. Everyday items from sofas, cabinets and tables, to books, soft furnishings and ornaments were collected, created and redefined for the space.

Through open calls, conversations and invitations - residents, schools, voluntary groups, established and emerging artists took part and contributed to the ever changing environment.

Open Space was Oriel Davies' two-year pilot project that ran from March 2016 to March 2018. In both years, Open Space presented a broad platform of cultural activity from October to January, which will ran alongside the Gallery's existing exhibition and learning programmes.

Open Space was an Oriel Davies project supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Arts Council of Wales.

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