Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A Generous Space and the Artist Support Pledge

Artist Support Pledge now has a real exhibition space as well as an online one.

View of part of A Generous Space

Immersed in pre-surgery stuff - and accordingly not travelling anywhere last November - I missed the press releases about the Exhibition which is now taking place at Hastings Contemporary.

Which accounts for why I've not seen it - but I can tell you about it.

A Generous Space

A Generous Space is a manifestation of the first ever exhibition by the Artist Support Pledge (ASP). This opened on 25th November and moved the artwork from just being online to a space in the Hastings Contemporary Gallery in Sussex. 

Hastings Contemporary

The exhibition has been crowdsourced from Instagram and there were more than 3600 submissions to take part in the show, all made via Instagram using the #aspshows hashtag

The exhibition now includes more than 300 works created by artists from around the world - which gives a slightly less than 10% success rate.

The artwork includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, photography, basket making, weaving and needlework. The has travelled to the UK from countries including America, Canada, India, Republic of Moldova, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Italy, and Republic of Ireland. There is also a strong representation from local and regionally based artists.

A view of A Generous Space

The ASP founder, artist Matthew Burrows MBE and a group of selectors selected works to be included in the exhibition. The selection panel included 
  • Kate Bryan – Head of Collections for Soho House
  • Jes Fernie – Curator and writer
  • Julie Lomax – CEO of a-n The Artists Information Company
  • Lakwena Maciver – Artist and 2020/2021 Hastings Contemporary exhibitor
  • Natalie Melton – Creative Director at Crafts Council 
  • Javier Pes – Art writer and editor
  • Sally Shaw – Director of FirstSite, Colchester
  • Jo Baring – Director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British & Contemporary Art
The exhibition lasts until 17 April 2022 - and you can view the exhibition in this video
For a list of artworks available to purchase in this exhibition, please click here.
You can find Hastings Contemporary on Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW

On the website it says
All the works featured in A Generous Space – the design for which is inspired by an Instagram grid – have an accompanying label that includes the Instagram details of the artist, so anyone interested in buying the work can get directly in touch with the artist to do just that. The same egalitarian ethos as the online version of ASP.

except, on the basis of the video an the website that doesn't seem to be quite how it works

  • I can't see a label next to the paintings
  • nor can I see where the individual paintings are being profiled online
If anybody would like to help me out with this aspect I'll be pleased to change this comment. 


Matthew Burrows started the Artist Support Pledge on on the 16th March 2020 in response to the COVID19 pandemic. 

The Artist Support Pledge is the blog post I wrote about it back in May 2020

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