Explore: Artspace in New Haven

If you like art, there is a lot going in New Haven, Connecticut this month, with Artspace’s 16th annual City-Wide Open Studio Festival Oct. 4 to 27. Artspace is New Haven’s largest independent contemporary arts venue, presenting a rotating array of group and solo exhibitions in all media.

Artspace’s mission is to catalyze artistic activities and spaces, to connect contemporary artists, audiences, and resources, and to enrich the personal art experience. Since 2002, Artspace has been at the Chamberlain Building, a 5,000 square foot storefront in the heart of the historic Ninth Square district of New Haven, in what was once a Civil War-era furniture factory. During this time, Artspace is free and open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Lot, Artspace’s outdoor exhibition area is at 812 Chapel Street and open 24 hours a day. It’s a twelve minute walk from the Metro North and Amtrak station, and a ten minute walk from Yale.

Oct 4 – 27
The grand opening night party, free and open to the public, is on Friday, October 4th, from 5 to 8 p.m. followed by late night festivities and the LAMP (Light Artists Making Places) festival throughout the Ninth Square. The theme of this year’s event is “Reveille,” calling to mind a joyful rising up and drawing connections to this year’s Alternative Space-the Goffe Street Armory-which used to be home to the Governor’s Foot Guard and Band. City-Wide Open Studios invites the public to embrace the arts-and to learn more about the creative processes of visual artists-by visiting hundreds of artists in studio and temporary spaces across New Haven. Nearly 300 artists will take part in the festival over the course of three consecutive weekends. In all, more than 60 workspaces will be open.

October 12 & 13
The first weekend from 12 to 5 p.m. will feature artists and demonstrations at the Erector Square studio complex at 315 Peck Street. Erector Square is New Haven’s largest concentration of studios, in a series of buildings that once housed the Erector Set factory; today over 100 artists maintain studios there. Visitors can explore the many studios at their own leisure or with a guided tour. A special preview event, featuring curator- led studio visits, will take place on the evening of Friday, October 11th. Studio Maps will be available at the entrance. The visit is free; a $5 donation is suggested.

October 19 & 20
During this second weekend from 12 to 5 p.m., attendees can visit the private studios of artists throughout New Haven, West Haven, North Haven, and Hamden. This “Passport Weekend” allows visitors to see the spaces in which artists work across the Greater New Haven area. Maps, signage, and guided/bike tours will be provided. A series of preview tours, featuring prominent curators and arts professionals, will visit selected studios on the evening of October 17th.
October 26 & 27
On the third weekend from 12 to 5 p.m. is the Alternative Space at the Goffe Street Armory at 290 Goffe Street. With an area of 155,000 square feet, the Goffe Street Armory presents a unique, colonial backdrop for visual artists to showcase their ideas and for visitors to enjoy art installations, performances, and temporary studios. Admission is free; a $5 donation is suggested.
ArtspaceNH1Throughout the festival, viewers are invited to visit the central Festival Exhibition at Artspace, which will feature a representative work by each participant, along with maps and information about CWOS.
For more information and if you’d like to volunteer for this event, please visit the City-Wide Open Studios website.