Drop City is an occasional space dedicated to contemporary art that began its activities in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 2014. Since its formation, Drop City has moved freely between various physical and theoretical models, with both the co-operative and the commercial allowing experimentation with new ways of representing and supporting artists’ work through a context responsive approach to programming and hospitality. In addition to focused programmes in specific locations, we regularly collaborate with galleries, museums, cultural institutions, non-profit initiatives, art fairs and publishers on the development of our projects across Europe.
Please see the Exhibitions and Artists page to see who we regularly work and collaborate with as well as our available limited editions and publications.
«Drop City, Düsseldorf at Lierenfelder Str. 39» takes place within the shared home and studio of an artist and a curator. It is a space where ideas, discussion and presentation coexist. Public formats vary depending on the project and invited guests; from exhibitions, symposiums, screenings, and performances to dinners and a series of permanent ‘works in-situ’.
Drop City’s identity at Lierenfelder Str. 39 is drawn from the life/work situation that houses it, including a growing collection of personal objects and artworks, as well as from the commitment and concerns of its founders, Eleanor Wright and Sam Watson. Drop City values engagement of thought and is particularly interested in exploring questions of space, habitat and use; friendship, mobility and intimacy. The small-scale format of Drop City contributes to a context where intimate and direct conversations with its audience and the diversity of protagonists it invites can be initiated and sustained.
The programme directly builds upon «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer». In 2016 a programme of artist made objects, exhibitions, installations and performances took place throughout the private/public spaces of Hotel Ufer on Gartenstrasse. Invited by hotelier René Tilgier, the programme explored the key resource for hospitality: the sharing of space. The programme brought together artists from the city and abroad and experimented with key prevalent principles around exhibition making, duration, glocalism, and site-specificity. Exhibitions expanded out across multiple guest-rooms, communal areas, cities and national borders and included works focussing on the temporality of the hotel experience including handmade ceramic plates by Katie Schwab for the daily breakfast buffet, bathrobes by Sophie Macpherson and a newly renovated permanent 3-bedroom suite by hobbypopMUSEUM.
«Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» attempted to seek more dynamic interactions between artists, site and audiences, and rather than relegating the audience to the passive role of spectators, looked to foster the active and genuine involvement of participants.
The announcement of each event of «Drop City, Düsseldorf» at our current location of Lierenfelder Str. 39 will be made with a limited-run postcard depicting a different ‘Fantastic Flower’ watercolour by Matthias Lahme.
Between November 2014 – October 2015 «Drop City, Newcastle» presented eight exhibitions in our permanent gallery at 20 South Street.
As our location in Newcastle closed for redevelopment, we took the opportunity to explore alternative ways to open up diverse and dynamic potential for our activities and engagement with the city and beyond. Working in a peripatetic and collaborative capacity with regional and international initiatives, institutions, museums and art fairs across North East England, London, Vienna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Madrid and Antwerp we were able to forge an exciting and responsive programme drawing on our multifaceted practices and relationships.
IN COLLABORATION WITH
PAUL BECKER (2014-17)
NADIA HEBSON (2014-17)
Graphic Design and Printed Matter: Sam Watson
Website Design: An Endless Supply
Photos: Sam Watson, Henning Krause, Kristien Daem, Eleanor Wright, Dominic Wynter
Drop City has been supported in a special way by Hotel Ufer, Düsseldorf; Arts Council England; Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice at Newcastle University; Centre for Visual Arts and Culture at Durham University; FRAME Visual Arts Finland; Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport, Nordrhein-Westfalen; and Clouston Group.
© 2014/2018 for text and images: the authors