It has been a rewarding year. The lessons we’ve learned and the friends we’ve made have been life-enriching to say the least. Though we appreciate the invaluable lessons and relationships we have developed, we have to move on from this gallery space.
Our mission statement was to exhibit local artists with a benevolent message. Embracing our mission statement meant that we garnered local trust. That meant reaching out to the community and developing partnerships with Tenderloin organizations, non-profits, businesses, and artists. SPACE236 was founded on two key principles: delivering a message through creativity and empathy for our neighborhood. We sought to uncover the artistic talent unseen in the Tenderloin and shift the perception / stigma that the Tenderloin bears. Paramount to everything, we wanted to manifest creativity. After all, creativity begets more creativity and possibility invites confidence.
This beautiful historic building, once a liquor shop, has as much character as it’s residents and we have been very grateful to have called it our creative retreat for the past two years. This experience for the public was unfortunately short-lived. We spent the entire year of 2015 renovating the interior and fine-tuning our mission statement. This ate into our operating period in 2016 and we don’t think we had enough time to fully develop as a creative entity. We will move forward with the memories and experiences of each exhibit and leave nothing behind. We will be taking this show on the road. Look for us throwing gallery pop-ups.
Barry Lai - Founder, Curator