Community news | Kalopsia Collective Residency

 

Starting January 2015, Ocean Terminal is embarking on a first –of- its- kind project with social enterprise Kalopsia Collective that will see the contemporary textile practitioners take up a year long Curator in Residency in the shopping centre.

 

The Leith-based Kalopsia will be responsible for providing 12 months of different events, exhibitions and projects based around high quality creations and textiles to increase community engagement and activity within the sprawling retail unit.

At the start of 2013, Kalopsia was the first pop up gallery to the centre, repurposing unused retail units into functioning exhibition spaces. Since their first opening in January last year, they have exhibited over 400 international and local artists, seven different exhibitions and mutliple events.

 

Kalopsia’s Managing Director, Adam Robertson speaks of the development of an arts hub in a retail setting: ‘ to have an internationally recognised gallery space in Leith, and one in a shopping centre space – it’s something that we need more of. Its important that we drive culture and arts into more areas of our lives. We want to provide community art that isn’t patronizing but is interesting, creative and high quality. It’s exciting to give people the change to engage with creations in spaces like these, where it might not necessarily be expected. And people usually do engage, which is the great thing.’

 

Kalopsia will be revealing the 2015 programme for the Curator in Residency at their official launch party in January. Details of the launch party are to follow soon.

 

For further information, visit kalopsiacollective.co.uk

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