|A group of like-minded, independent art groups currently active in Philadelphia, have come together for the CITYWIDE project. Through CITYWIDE, these groups will unify Philadelphia's artist-run collectives in a multi-gallery month-long exhibit. Throughout November 2013, more than twenty collectives will participate in an exchange of exhibitions, ideas and practices. The multi-venue exhibit was located in different neighborhoods throughout the city. Although November 2013 has come and gone, CITYWIDE collaborations and partnerships continue to develop.
Our city is home to a notable community of artist-run collectives and in recent years, these organizations have gained national visibility.
In an effort to unify the community of the artist-run scene, CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition, will bring together the twenty artist-run entities of Vox Populi, Grizzly Grizzly, Marginal Utility, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Practice, NAPOLEON, Little Berlin, Space 1026, Fjord, McCartney/Belknap Projects, Rebekah Templeton, Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space, Basekamp, Highwire, The Traction Company, In Liquid, Paradigm Gallery, Magic Pictures Gallery, Termite TV Collective, BYOPrint Studios, Pterodactyl, The Soapbox, Title Magazine, and The Nicola Midnight St. Claire.
Participating artist-run galleries will host and exchange with other spaces resulting in a collaborative exchange across the board geographically and ideologically. CITYWIDE will simultaneously showcase work from over 19 Philadelphia based collective galleries and four curatorial and project based groups, representing in total - over 100 local artists. The essence of CITYWIDE lies in collaborative action. CITYWIDE will continue to promote the city of Philadelphia as a successful model for artistic empowerment.
During the month long November 2013 exhibition, a panel discussion will be hosted with visiting and local critics as well as a keynote speaker of national standing. In conclusion of the project, a printed color exhibition catalogue will be created to serve as a tangible record of the collaborative exhibition CITYWIDE’s promotional materials will also include an illustrated map to encourage participants to venture into a variety of neighborhoods and explore alternate spaces throughout the city. Over the course of the next year, a lively exchange between participating groups will take shape as this dynamic project evolves and exchanges are defined.