Campaigning For Falkirk's Park Gallery
- Anna Millar
- 5 October 2009
As the Park Gallery is threatened with closure, we ask supporters of the Falkirk gallery to help campaign for its survival.
The Park Gallery is something of an art institution. Located in a stable block at Falkirk’s Callendar Park, the gallery is best known for its edgy, contemporary, thought-provoking work by local, national and international artists.
So last month’s news that the gallery may be forced to relocate, or worse still, face closure was greeted with widespread shock and disappointment.
Since it opened its doors in 2000, following a successful lottery bid, the gallery has been a big hit with the local community, with its line-up of workshops, activities and education programmes. The only dedicated, publically funded contemporary arts space in the area, the free attraction has been commended for ensuring access for everyone.
Discussions are now underway to re-establish the gallery within a compromised space, due to lack of funding. Last month, Falkirk’s leisure and tourism committee voted to close the gallery and ‘relocate’ it to nearby Calendar House in spring next year, describing it as ‘too small’ a space and ‘lacking’ toilets.
Showcasing national and international talent, and providing an outlet for upcoming artists, the gallery currently costs the council £50,000 per year to run. It often hosts income-generating exhibitions, including the upcoming Winter Warmth show, which features works by 60 textile artists.
In recent months the gallery has housed the eclectic works of Joan Eardley, Lesley Banks and Catriona Taylor. Next year’s programme is set to showcase the works of legendary Scottish artist Alan Davie.
Those behind the arts space are said to be utterly confused by the decision and believe relocating the space to Callendar House – an idea suggested by the committee – is a mistake, unequipped as the space is to host such exhibitions.
Supporters of the space are fighting back, encouraging artists, locals and art supporters to sign a petition to try and save the space. Here at The List we believe the Park Gallery’s cultural significance and contribution to the artistic landscape of Scotland is worth fighting for, and hope you too will sign up to the cause.
Please sign up now at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/sign-the-petition-to-save-the-park-gallery-falkirk