Issue date: 02 February 2005
Issue date: 02/02/05
An exciting new art space called LOT is about to be launched in the heart of Broadmead. Budding art collectors will have the chance to buy artwork for as little as £5 at the launch poster exhibition and auction on Friday 4 February at 8pm.
Artists from the University of the West of England and Media Arts in Bath have formed LOT and they aim to promote the work of emerging and established artists in an alternative and brilliantly located setting.
LOT will be housed in a prime site in the old Poundstretcher Building on the corner of Penn Street and Broadweir. The building has been provided by Bristol City Council and Hartnell Taylor Cook Estate Agents as the host venue for a series of projects taking place over the coming year. The Building is approximately 2,500 sq ft over three floors with the potential for two floors of exhibition space and studio space on a third floor.
Eamon O’Kane from UWE is one of the founding members of LOT, he said, “The exhibition of posters will run as an outward facing of artworks shown in the windows of the building with the building opening its doors for the first time for the Auction. We are very excited about this new project. The group has links with all the major art institutions in the city as well as a broad spectrum of national and international contacts. The poster auction will be a great way of launching the space and people will have the chance to buy quality prints for as little as £5 which is the starting price for each lot.
“The idea is not that we will form an artists clique but that we will outreach to a broad range of artists providing a further exhibition space in the city. We were very lucky to get this site. The building will eventually be demolished and it was proving difficult to rent out at business rates so the estate agents and the city council have helped us to make something good happen that will enrich the culture of the city with an interesting new focus for the artistic community and art collectors.”
The group hope to involve art students by getting them to help run the building. Eamon continues, “It will be good for young artists to help with hanging and invigilating for exhibitions for example. Some experience of doing this is invaluable practice for when they are trying to establish a reputation for their work.”
LOT will develop a series of exhibition, events and commissions during 2005.
The LOT group includes Eamon O’Kane, Kieran Brown, James Ireland and Rob Anderson who all work or have graduated from UWE and Sally Shaw who is Director of Media Arts in Bath.