Drop City is a collaborative gallery model and collective platform established in Newcastle upon Tyne in Autumn 2014.
Developing a framework that capitalises on the varied experiences of its founders; an independent curator (Sam Watson) and three artists (Nadia Hebson, Paul Becker, Eleanor Wright), Drop City’s programme explores the gaps and potential plasticity between several models of exhibition space and gallery structures, revolving around the individual work of each founding member. Through an inclusive collaborative structure, Drop City aims to build an exhibition context that is driven by our engagement and dialogue with other artists. Single works, solo and collaborative exhibitions and live activities all feature, as well as publications and international co-operations. To date Drop City has presented guest exhibitions in the European cities of Wien and Brussels.
Drop City represents and supports contemporary artists and is committed to the production, presentation, mediation, and support of their work through an ongoing dialogue and mutable, relevant set of frameworks.
Drop City, Newcastle
Between November 2014 – October 2015 Drop City, Newcastle presented 8 exhibitions in our gallery at 20 South Street. Since it is Drop City’s ambition to work with artists who are at various stages of their careers and whose practices have a particular reference to Drop City and its founders motivations, the gallery space allowed for an intense and complex relationship to develop between artists and audiences during our first year.
As our location at 20 South Street closed for re-development, we are excited to take this opportunity to explore more ways to work in the city, carrying on the format of a commercial gallery – representing and supporting our artists work on the art market – whilst opening up more diverse and dynamic potential for our activity and engagement with the city.
Drop City, Düsseldorf
Taking place within and throughout Hotel Ufer from February 2016 «Drop City, Düsseldorf» presents a collection of exhibitions, single works and events by artists from across Europe within a private/public setting.
From newly commissioned works, focused on everyday micro-narratives, to live events and exhibitions «Drop City, Düsseldorf» attempts to seek more dynamic interactions between artists, site and audiences, and rather than relegating the audience to the passive role of spectators, looks to foster the active and genuine involvement of participants.
Reflecting on the context of the setting within Hotel Ufer means examining the role of a gallery programme: a diverse body of work that includes film, video, sound, drawing, installation, painting, and sculpture, but also writing, performance, even functional objects, that are able to speak on a wide range of subjects to a wide range of people. In addition to this variety of languages and techniques, each of the programmes’ projects must also be analysed from a broader perspective to include the context and modes of production being employed, and starting, at least conceptually, from the many conversations and interactions with those people the works and artists within the programme encounter. It is on these forms of participatory synergy that the very existence of Drop City’s programme is founded.