It is bittersweet for Assemblage to announce that it will be closing its studio doors at the end of January 2018. However, we are excited about the future direction of the organisation and on focusing our time and energy in avenues that are needed by the visual arts community.
Assemblage first opened artist studios in April 2012 in Newtown, after being a nomadic organisation for two years and realising that a physical, dedicated space for artists to connect, network and create was vital. Over the past six years, we have accommodated over 60 artists in our space (both in Newtown until 2016 and in Ferreraisdorp thereafter), and have watched countless successes, collaborations and partnerships form. Many of our studio artists have reached acclaim in their careers and some have even gone on to establish their own artist studio centres, which is inspiring and necessary for the growth of the industry.
Owing to the abundance of studios popping up over the past few years in Johannesburg, we have decided to focus our attention and resources on our unique and critical offerings such as mentorship, skills training and providing platforms for artists to exhibit and sell their work. A model we believe will strategically move us forward in 2018. Assemblage will focus on these activities and will continue to be a hub and network for visual artists, supporting them in growing their careers as artists.
We are grateful for the support in 2017 and always. Watch this space for awesome things in 2018 and beyond. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram #MakeArtHappen