Workshop Foundation was born of two simple and long held beliefs by founder Stacie McCormick. One is to help artists and two is to connect artists to the public. How to help artists? How does an institution create a platform that supports artists and truly delivers that initiative to the wider public? These questions have inspired the beginning and inform the future of all Workshop Foundation endeavours. We have now over seven years of demonstrable impact on an international public, collaborating closely with over 50 artists, mostly by providing exhibitions; often by providing studio space; and very frequently by mentoring through open availability. Of the achievements to date we are proud, but our long term ambitions are grand and the impact on artists and their audiences are substantial.
We have immediate goals with our current home at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop in London, involving the development of our exhibition programme and the establishment of our residency programme to benefit more people. Ultimately, Workshop Foundation would like to have outlets in at least three countries, encompassing large stand alone venues with studios, exhibition spaces, accommodation facilities, as well as expanding the reach of our activities more broadly to invite wider groups of visitors. To continue our work and further our ambitions, we are looking for enthusiastic individuals who share our vision and can help us making it a reality.
How does an institution create a platform that supports artists and truly benefits the wider public?
“Participating in Inarticulate Landscapes was particularly beneficial in terms of showing the new work as it allowed me to consider it installed in a gallery context, and the team were very supportive of this. They were invested in terms of their relationship with me, something which is so important to an emerging artist.”
Kate Fahey, artist
Since its start in 2016, Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop has organised 11 free exhibitions featuring 38 artists and five curators of different backgrounds and nationalities. The exhibitions showed a great diversity in subject matter and artistic medium, ranging from painting to sculpture and installation, and were accompanied by related free events, including studio dinners, late evenings and artist talks.
Through its exhibition programme, the Foundation has supported emerging artists including Jelena Bulajic, youngest artist in Charles Saatchi’s collection, Harrison Pearce, artist and lecturer with a Masters in Philosophy and Fine Art, Thomas Langley in second year at the Royal Academy of Arts, as well as established artists with worldwide reputations such as Jimmy Cauty, Alice Anderson, Mike Osterhout, Philippe Vanderberg and Gavin Turk. Following their exposure at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, artists have been able to progress their career. Several artists have been approached for participation in future shows or projects, published in art review magazines and started courses or work elsewhere.
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop has a generous residency programme in place, offering three artists a year the opportunity to enjoy access to one of its spectacular 700 square foot open studio space for a three month period. Working above the gallery space, the successful applicant is able to network with artists, curators, collectors and the wider public whilst visiting ongoing exhibitions and events organised in the gallery. The residency programme also provides guidance from gallery directors as well as an end-of residency solo exhibition organised in the studio space upstairs.
Current resident artist is London based painter Morgan Wills, whose colourful figurative paintings and drawings question the absurdity of humanity and the process of making art. Morgan studied painting at Wimbledon College of Art and since his graduation in 2014 has been included in various exhibitions throughout the UK, including Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015, at ICA, London and Backlit Gallery Nottingham; Assembly at Triangle Gallery, London (2014); 12 Conversations at Sid Motion Gallery (2016); Sorry About Last Night at The Washington, Sheffield (2016) and You see me like a UFO at Marcelle Joseph Projects, London (2017).
Past residents include Harrison Pearce and José Carlos Naranjo, who were both offered placements in institutional art exhibitions, including the Summer Exhibition 2017 at the Royal Academy of Art, following their residency at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop.
“I’m very grateful for the residency at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop. The Space is big, cosy and bright, but the best thing about it is the enriching experience of personal and professional growth, enabled by the
team who made everything easier for me.”
José Carlos Naranjo, resident artist
Black Trunk of the Pharaoh
José Carlos Naranjo, resident Artist
Black Trunk of the Pharaon
Workshop Foundation encourages outside curators to present proposals for the use of the exhibition space. The experimental and non-commercial nature of Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop allows curators to present an exhibition concept that may not otherwise have found a platform. Cultural practitioners are also invited to organise related events and engagement opportunities, including talks, film screenings, performances and dinners. Most recently, Tatiana Cheneviere, Giulia Vandelli, curators/artists Pascal Rousson and Cedric Christie of Corridor Projects, Julie Bentley of After, and Rowena Chiu have participated in the programme.
Guest Gallery programme
Workshop Foundation develops links with international galleries to facilitate collaboration and artistic exchange between galleries and artists, enhancing artists’ profiles
in the London art scene.
In spring 2017, Meno Parkas gallery in Lithuania presented the prolific Lithuanian artist Aušra Vaitkūnienė the gallery. Workshop Foundation is in the process of approaching more galleries globally and broaden its reach.
“It was a pleasure to curate Beyond at Unit1 Gallery | Workshop, The space is unique and immaculately presented, and the team was professional and easy to work with.”
Rowena Chiu, curator
Public engagement plays a key role in all of Workshop Foundation’s programming. By reaching out to our immediate area, Workshop Foundation plans to host youth programmes, nursing home programmes, nearby studios and local art initiatives to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to benefit and become engaged with Unit 1 Gallery l Workshop’s activities.
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“It was an honour to be involved
in the early development of Workshop Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is so important and I was lucky to benefit from it in the early stage of my career. The space at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop was an unbelievable venue in which to have my first solo show and allowed me to continue the ambition of my degree show work. The Residency, which followed shortly after, provided a platform to meet and work with incredible people whilst continuing to expand the scope of my practice as an emerging artist. It can be difficult to navigate the unknown terrain of an art career in London and Workshop Foundation is doing a fantastic job of providing rare support and guidance.”
Harrison Pearce, resident artist
Workshop Foundation is looking for imaginative individuals to support its programme for the next five years as we continue to create time and space for artists to develop their practice, and expand our community and international outreach programme to bring more people closer to artists. Together, we are able to evolve as an engaged artist mentor and community partner, providing unique resources and honest experiences for people of all ages. Building a supportive community of artists, supporters and friends, we will contribute towards a better understanding on how artists and the public can help each other in enhancing time on earth. We would be thrilled to invite you on our journey, introduce you to our artists and listen to your ideas and questions about art.
There could not be a better time to support Workshop Foundation as a Founding Patron, given that the greater redevelopment plans of White City and West London have just hit the ground. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the area’s major rebuilding initiative by responding to the local need for more creative space, education and youth programmes. Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop will take up the responsibility to create more opportunities for artistic expression, experimentation and presentation in order for White City and West London to grow further into the artistic hub it is fast becoming.
The Space is occupied
Workshop Foundation membership programme
“Stacie and Alice at Unit 1Gallery | Workshop are a small team but offered a nicely judged balance of the critical input and moral encouragement necessary to put on a show. They gave me the long desired opportunity to showcase some of the artists from the Spanish art scene in London and went beyond and above by offering one an extended residency. In all transactions they were professionally exemplary and our Sangria and tortilla closing party will live long in my memory.”
Mathew Gibson, curator
Black Trunk of the Pharaoh
Workshop Foundation’s programme is guided by the values of space, time, rigour and integrity. We are committed to providing artists, curators, communities and the wider public with the space and time to create work that is rigorous and nurtures dialogue as well as honest, uplifting experiences. Founding patrons benefit from a range of opportunities that grow out of these principles:
- An authentic and real opportunity to support a specific artist in his or her journey
- Access to the Workshop Foundation space (1 evening per month) and its international network of artists, galleries and curators
- Curated programme of Workshop sessions and excursions, including local and international locations
- Invitation to the Artist Workshop dinner (1 per season)
- Opportunity to organise a membership event
- Become involved in the selection of the Foundation’s film programme
- First priority access to Workshop Artists member platform
All patrons will be acknowledged on the gallery’s supporters wall and the website. We look forward to discussing further details on our memberships with you in person.
Stacie McCormick & Alice Bonnot
About the founder Stacie McCormick
About the founder Stacie McCormick
Stacie McCormick has over 25 years of experience working in the arts internationally, both as a practising artist with a MA in Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School, UK, as well as a founder and director of the non-profit art initiative “Home is where the art is” in Charleston, SC, USA. She established the initiative out of a desire to remain engaged in the arts within a small, regional community by bringing international artists to work and exhibit in Charleston for the public benefit. It encompassed a fully funded annual residency programme that McCormick ran from her home from 2009 to 2014.
Recent solo and group exhibitions of her work include In Search of Paintings, Meno Parkas, Kaunas, Lithuania (2017); The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017, London; EMPIRE II project at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017; and Chinese Open at Qpark Whitcomb, London (2017).
Through these experiences, she has gained profound understanding of the challenges artists face today and built a strong international network of cultural practitioners from which she appointed the Foundation’s diverse Board of Trustees.
“Through directly connecting to practicing artists there is a way for a broad community to profoundly engage with art by witnessing and understanding the process of its creation, which can truly enhance lives”
Stacie McCormick, founder
Alice Bonnot is a London-based curator specialised in the management of cultural and artistic activities. Fascinated by art’s potential to drive social change, Alice has been involved in numerous innovative artistic projects reflecting on today’s complexity and building bridges across disciplines. In 2015, she founded the Zone d’Utopie Temporaire (Z.U.T.) residency programme, inviting artists and theorists to create a Temporary Utopian Zone in a different place each year. She has also worked as the Exhibition Manager of Le Prix Canson 2015, presenting the finalists at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and was the founding partner, director and curator of The Koppel Projects Hive in London.
“When I was in the early stages of establishing my curatorial practice, Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop gave me an amazing opportunity to realise my potential to curate and present a world class art show. Stacie supported me through the whole process, from concept to final installation. The support that Workshop Foundation offers is very unique in the art world and was instrumental to my decision to open my own gallery space. I really hope that they can continue their invaluable work.”
Julie Bentley, curator
Time and Materials