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09.24 2021

June’s Collection

Check out this article on Billy Penn by Space 1026er June Armstrong!

08.17 2021

Birthday Sex Comedy Showcase

FEATURING
Andrew Shearer
Ari Fishbein
Caitlin Feeney
Desiree Dabice
Kyle Harris
Reed McCoy
Shane O’Connor
Tan Hoang
The Incredible Dreamz

HOSTED BY
Rose Luardo & Shan Fahey

This event will be taking place outside in the backyard, weather permitting at 844 North Broad Street.
The entrance is on Carlisle Street.
Doors 7PM, Comedy 8PM
Masks are required indoors.

08.05 2021

Dance Party

Saturday August 7th
Thom Lessner & Andrew Jeffrey Wright are playing records in the backyard here at Space 1026.
7pm – 11pm
844 North Broad Street
Entrance on Carlisle Street

07.02 2021

Drawing Sessions

Come hang out and draw in the backyard at Space! (Weather permitting)

Paper, pencils, water jars provided, BYO painting supplies. Flowers for sale and drawing from @jig_bee. Hosted by @jacquelinequinn

03.24 2021

SpaceTV & Art Shopping Network

Space 1026 is taking DIY to the ~virtual stage~ and will debut its own take on the quintessential home shopping channel experience. Art Shopping Network (ASN) is set to premiere 4 episodes, airing Thursdays in April at 7PM on Twitch & Instagram. This boutique cyber experience will allow viewers to act as art appreciators & shoppers, while reveling in the familiar dashes of personality that make Space 1026 the immersive, zany, sincere, and raucous place many have come to know it as.

Each installment of ASN will focus on a particular category of affordable artist-made items — Objects/Tabletop/Housewares, Clothing & Wearables, Works on Paper, and Health & Wellness — though the traditional trappings of home shopping quickly fall to the wayside, like layers of tissue being shooed away to reveal that hot, weird late-night purchase you’ve been waiting to display on the mantel. In one episode, this pulsating cornucopia of for-sale artisanal goods will be featured against the lush, cabineted backdrop of Tony Soprano’s capicola’d kitchen (bless you, greenscreen). In another episode, viewers can tune in to watch the frantic hawkings of a Bling Ring member lost in sheer capitalist ecstasy, as they give a virtual tour of Paris Hilton’s puppy turd-dappled walk-in closet.

You may be wondering at this very moment, just whom will be leading you through that relishing modern dance of Do-I-or-Do-I-Not-Buy-That-Elusive-Thing-Which-Deep-Down-I-Dearly-Know-I-Must-Have-As-It-Shall-Complete-Me, yes? …

 …The answer to your online shopping dreams is no other than comedian, artist and self-proclaimed ACME Supermarkets heiress Rose Luardo. Here to ooze hopped-up Lisa Rinna realness, with some John Waters razzle-dazzle to boot, Rose will walk her virtual army of online shopping pals through the in’s and out’s of the items they most covet, while dropping delectable tidbits about the weirdo artists who made ‘em! Friends and members of the Space will also join in remotely, as they call in to dish a customer review, or model a particular item. 

Rose and ASN guests will serve as a conduit of sorts to the shut-in masses, as they roleplay with the item that has rendered them Never the Same; whether it be an original artwork, a tincture, or a tote, these products promise to transform your SOUL, if only they can reach your grasp through contactless delivery!

Tune in at 7PM on  April 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd on Twitch & Instagram 

Shop www.store1026.com

04.02 2019

April 1st Friday Night Sale

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10.02 2018

Overgrown at the Fairmount House

Members and alumni of Space 1026 are pleased to present Overgrown – a jungle inspired gallery with original pieces and a collective installation opening October 5th!

Overgrown

08.13 2018

Our Building Has Been Sold

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After 20 plus years of art exhibitions, music shows, dance parties, comedy shows and art performances in our gallery, and non-stop art making in our studios, the only building that Space 1026 has ever occupied has been sold. It’s a bit of a mystery how Space 1026 has lasted so long, but it has. This said, we are not part of the new owner’s plans for the building.


Space 1026 was started as a place to create and show art with people that were actual friends that shared a common vision of “do it yourself, with other people”. We’ve had 10 to 12 art shows a year every year since November 1997. We have shown art by Daniel Johnston, Rebecca Westcott, Cory Arcangel, Ed Templeton, Shepard Fairey, Cynthia Connolly, Jim Houser and hundreds more. We’ve been having performances and parties in our space since February 1998, when the Rhode Island collective Fort Thunder exhibited in our gallery and the duo Lightning Bolt played the opening reception. Kimya Dawson, Bahamadia, Kim Gordon and Ian Svenonius have all played music in our gallery. MF Doom’s album, “Vaudeville Villain” was recorded at Space 1026. Comedian Maria Bamford has performed in our gallery. Whether you’ve donated $5 to see a music show or spent hundreds of dollars at our yearly art auction or exhibited your work in our space or have simply walked into our gallery to view the show, it’s all support and we appreciate it.

We have been described as an “art school, without the school”. The Space 1026 alumni list is very long. Clare Rojas, Jayson Musson, Becky Suss, Adam Wallacavage, Isaac Lin, Tara Booth, and Alex Da Corte are just a few people that have made art in our studios. Space 1026 has been the home of some independently owned companies, like Reload Bags, Megawords, All Ages Productions, Free News Projects and The Philadelphia Independent. As an art making collective, Space 1026 has had group shows in London, Puerto Rico, Oakland, New York and many other places. Since 2007, Space 1026 has been home to a Mummers NYB called The Vaudevillains, who help bring rainbow glitter and diversity to the Philadelphia folk tradition. All of this has been made possible by past and present members, friends and supporters of Space 1026.

We have been recognized as an art space that is not quite like any other art space in the city or even the country. We have been written about in many publications, some of which no longer exist in print form, like SPIN, and some that do, like The Philadelphia Inquirer. Part of our uniqueness is the architectural structure of the two floors we occupy and the other part relies on the way in which we occupy those two floors. We are not sure what our new space is going to be yet, but we do have plans for the rebirth of Space 1026. We are planning to buy a building that we can count on to be our new home.

We will have affordable studios and a screen printing facility like we always have. We will  have a gallery and continue with exhibitions and live events and add regular, highly affordable workshops which will be open to the public. Other new aspects that will be a part of the new Space 1026 will depend on the building we find.  Artists in residence programs? Expanded printing facilities? Multiple galleries? An area designated for performances? We’ll see. The search has begun.

When we started Space 1026 we had to sign a two year lease and that made us nervous, because at that point, we didn’t know what we would want to be doing two years into the future. Twenty years later, with our building being sold, we know what we and the community want, and that is for Space 1026 to continue to exist. We want to stay and serve Philadelphia in a permanent way. Space 1026 is not a registered non-profit and because of this, we have always existed without the help of grant funding. We exist by members paying rent, people buying art, people coming to performances and donations to our art auction. We do not have a surplus of funds waiting around for the ‘rainy day’ that is now upon us. We will need the help of others like never before to secure our future. We are very excited for the new future. Please help if you can.

Love,
Space 1026

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Drawing of Space1026 by Brian Lynch, photograph by Adam Wallacavage

04.13 2018

Yard Sale

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Stop by from noon until 5 pm!

11.28 2016

Art Auction 2016

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