11.18 2018

Hear Me Out ♫ mix ♫

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Hear Me Out ♫ mix ♫ by twxx.us or Twenty XX “That’s Us”… Including tracks by Nikes, Honnda, Errorsmith, Foodman, OPN, Ssaliva, and more!

10.16 2018

Forever/Siempre and the End of an Era for Space 1026

***This is the last exhibition currently scheduled at 1026 Arch Street***

Space 1026 is excited to welcome Layqa Nuna Yawar to our gallery this November for his exhibition Forever/Siempre. We hope you can join us for the opening on Friday, November 2 from 6-10pm!

Layqa Nuna Yawar’s murals can be found in public spaces around the world, monumentally inscribing silenced narratives of people of color from the Americas and from across the globe. Born in Ecuador, having migrated to the U.S. as a teenager, and now living and working in Newark, NJ, Layqa Nuna Yawar makes work that questions injustice, racism, and xenophobia while celebrating cross-cultural identity and migration. Frequently working with host communities to realize public art projects, Layqa Nuna Yawar uses his art practice to create safe spaces for imagination and identity projection.

Layqa Nuna Yawar’s artwork developed out of a traditional visual arts education, a practice of street art interventions and independent self-organization principles. His practice extends to curation, project production, mural making workshops and educational lectures. Among many other collaborations and social justice initiatives, Layqa Nuna Yawar is currently working on educational programming for an upcoming project with Mural Arts Philadelphia. He is also a fellow at Open Society Foundations, and his work in the foundation’s Moving Walls project was recently covered by the New York Times and NPR.

More about the artist can be found here: https://layqa.info and on his Instagram: @layqanunayawar

Sadly, this is our final scheduled exhibition at 1026 Arch Street after over 20 years of exhibitions, events, and non-stop art making in our unique home. Come out to the opening and help share good vibes for our relocation!

Forever/Siempre: Layqa Nuna Yawar at Space 1026
November 2-23, 2018
First Friday Opening Reception: November 2, 2018, 6-10pm

We even put this on facebook!


Space 1026
1026 Arch Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10.02 2018



Broad Cloth is a celebration of pattern, color, and traditional textile techniques featuring work by:
Ashley Limés Castellana
Anna DeCaria
Caleigh Stednitz
Lauren Buckley
Megan Hughes
Megan Johnson
Justine Kelley
Simona Bozzacco Quinn
Laura Solitrin
Andrea Purcell
Crystal Stokowski
Alexandra Emeric
Marlyse Mertz
Ashley Rodriguez Reed
Kate Corcoran
Jacqueline Quinn

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!


09.28 2018

Space 1026 Yard Sale


We’ve never had a yard and soon we won’t have a building. We are cleaning out our studios and flat files! Come and get art supplies, prints, nic-nacs, bric-a-bracs, stuff from the walls of Space 1026 and who knows what else!
at Space 1026
1026 Arch St.
2nd fl.
Image by @procrastonate

09.02 2018

Born 2 Shop at Space 1026: Opening this Friday, September 7

Born 2 Shop opens this Friday at Space 1026!
First Friday Opening Reception: September 7, 2018, 6-10pm

Space 1026 is excited to present Born 2 Shop, a group exhibition featuring Emilia Brintnall, Mackenzie McAlpin, Dawn Riddle, Erica Schapiro-Sakashita, and Sophie White.

Where can you go when you’re filled with need, when your physical as well as emotional cupboards are bare? You need a place that has IT ALL. A strip mall.

And because you’re a cool city night life type, all the better that the strip mall is located in an art gallery. And also because you are emotionally connected to the earth, you’ll be happy to hear that a lot of the strip mall products are basically just painted over pieces of garbage. Um, I mean they’re upcycled. Or actually, I mean to say they are repurposed.

You can just go to ONE PLACE (1026 Arch St.) and get all the plants, miniatures, pets, drinks, *AND MORE* that you NEED. Because your time is almost as valuable as our fine items.

So come check out stores carrying brands like:

Emilia Brintnall

Emilia Brintnall is an artist based in Philadelphia. Working in a variety of mediums, she primarily works in paper mache, producing sculpture. Her sculptural work encompasses everyday objects, animals, and plants that are lumpy, seemingly playful versions of their real-world selves.

Mackenzie McAlpin

With over 200 successful exhibitions under her belt, Mackenzie McAlpin is a seasoned professional artist. She focuses on the sensual nature of real life and makes it small with clay. Her work was cited in New York Magazine, they even included photos. Ohh… And she was mentioned in the New York Times!

She went to college at Ohio University for Photography and Retail Merchandising (for real) (she actually designed her own major…she doesn’t think that was the “best” idea).

Now she lives in Philly, makes things because she loves to, has rad friends, two cats, awesome siblings and a dope boyfriend. She also copied part of this bio from Pinterest.

Dawn Riddle

“Hi, my name is Dawn Riddle. I live in Portland, Oregon and I am currently driving in Indiana writing this. I’m pretty tired. USA is huge. I like making stuff out of paper mache because it’s a good cheap way to have whatever you want. Thanks!”

Erica Schapiro-Sakashita

Erica Schapiro-Sakashita is an artist and illustrator based in Oakland, CA. Largely informed by a career in horticulture, her work explores how plant and human communities impact one another.

Sophie White

Sophie White, born 1984 in New York, NY, lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art. Her humorous, crafty sculptures have been exhibited in group-shows in New York, Philadelphia, Paris and Raleigh, NC. In 2011 they were the subject of a solo show at Magic Pictures Gallery in Philadelphia. Sophie frequently exhibits her cityscape paintings, and is known for her percussive performances with numerous musical groups as well.

Born 2 Shop
September 7 – 27, 2018

Space 1026
1026 Arch Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

08.13 2018

Our Building Has Been Sold


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 which include hiring a Calgary Interiors is a local company in Calgary that does incredible custom furniture work and reupholstery.

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 which we will remodel with materials from Melbourne cork board flooring.

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 by experts like the Barrie real estate development agents, 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.

Space 1026


Drawing of Space1026 by Brian Lynch, photograph by Adam Wallacavage

08.09 2018

August Exhibition: Leif Low-Beer


Line Segment Where Two Faces Meet
(weight bearing and locomotive)

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 10th
7pm – 10pm

Leif Low-Beer is interested in the idea that an installation, sculpture, or drawing can be a form of description – a way of telling stories that are familiar to us, but that cannot be expressed in words. His work explores the mute in-between of things: between known and unknown, sayable and unsayable, flat and dimensional. The independence of a small composition pulls against the order imposed by a larger environment – not entirely of it, but not fully apart from it either.Low-Beers work bears the marks of this narrative process, but the story remains open-ended and ambiguous, shifting through multiple frames and tellings. A piece often begins with a single object and moves outwards. The product and discards of his environment become incorporated into the work. Removed from their purpose and context, these objects are marks and begin to structure the kinds of stories that can be told. The sense of a given place comes to underwrite the work as a whole – from the selection (and availability) of materials, to the feeling for story itself.Throughout the process, he attempts to keep his movements spontaneous, maintaining a sense of openness and improvisation while staying within a larger set of rules and structures. A finished drawing sits first at the base of one assemblage, then becomes the backdrop for a different piece. A found-object offers him a new shape to work with, and becomes part of the life of the studio. Pieces meet and marry, living happily together — until perhaps they grow apart.

Leif Low-Beer was raised in Toronto and lives and works in Brooklyn and Berlin. His work explores the relationship between 2d and 3d environments, using a combination of drawing, found objects, photography, and sculpture. He has created installations for galleries both nationally, and internationally for the past 10 years. Leif studied philosophy and visual art at the University of Guelph in Canada and School of Visual Arts in New York City.


07.04 2018

July Exhibition at Space 1026: Sloppy Seconds



First Friday July 6

06.29 2018

Space 1026 Open Studios Event


SPACE 1026 Open Studios
Saturday, June 30th
noon – 6pm

For the first time in 20 and 1/2 years, Space 1026 is having an open studios event! Come and see studios of current members and all the areas of Space 1026 that are usually off limits during openings and events. And if you want, you can buy art directly from the artists in their studios. Some of the participating artists are:
Will Laren
Jackie Quinn
Cat Bodnyk
Angela Rio
James Bonney
Kees Holterman
Kristina Centore
Miriam Singer
Al San Valentin
Andrew Jeffrey Wright
and more!

June 30th is also the last day to see the art show, FREAK ACCIDENT, in our gallery!