A Philly “Institution”: Space 1026 Collaborative Art Space
When we started doing research for our recent trip to Philadelphia, one place was repeatedly suggested by friends and colleagues: Space 1026. So last week, we found our way to the artspace/gallery/workshop on Arch and 11th and were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to talk to one of its resident artists – Bill McRight. He spoke with us about the space, its history, and how collaborative workspaces help foster a feeling of community among the artists spread throughout the city.
The space occupies two floors and includes artists’ studios, a gallery space, and ample screenprinting equipment (as well as other creative tools) used by several of the artists. The cooperative has been in existence for seven years and continues to grow, new artists continuously entering (and exiting) the fold, some coming in frequently to work on projects, others only stopping by once in a while for shows or socializing.