An artist-run space is a gallery space run by artists, thus circumventing the structures of public and private galleries. Artist-run spaces have become realised as an important factor in urban regeneration. This effect was particularly strong in Glasgow, where the city won the accolade 'European Capital of Culture' in 1990, largely due to the large number of artist-run exhibition spaces and galleries.[1] Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist coined the term "The Glasgow Miracle" to describe this. Examples of artist-run spaces include City Racing, BANK, studio1.1, [2] Studio Voltaire, Cubitt and Auto Italia South East in London, Milwaukee's BATHAS Internationale...

Where there is Sea

There are Pirates

curated by Poppy Bowers

Salvatore Arancio, Jeremy Deller, 

Nancy Holt & Richard Serra,

Theo Michael, Melvin Moti, 

Nina Papakonstantinou, 

Aura Satz, Weronika Trojanska

10-20 November 2016

Opening hours:

Monday-Sunday 18.00-21.00

*closed on 17.11


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3 137 is happy to present the group show “Where there is sea there are pirates”, curated by Poppy Bowers, opening on 10th of November 2016. The show was the result of a long period collaboration between 3 137 and NEW STUDIO, a project space run by Poppy Bowers in London.

Inspired by the Greek proverb 'Where there is Sea there are Pirates', the exhibition brings together sound, drawing, printmaking, film and text-works by artists who subvert conventional modes of mass communication. In a digitally saturated epoch, where capitalism reigns supreme, the show offers alternative and transcendental perspectives on our daily experiences. Prompted by Paul Klee's cry that 'Half winged-half in prison, this is man!', the exhibition captures a group of works that infiltrate the boundaries between conscious and sub-conscious, public and private expression, live and recorded action.

About the Curator:

Poppy Bowers is a curator based in Manchester, UK. She currently works as Exhibition Curator at The Whitworth delivering exhibitions from across their collections as well as commissioning artists to make new work. From 2011-2016 she was Assistant Curator at Whitechapel Gallery where she organized various projects including the first European survey of American artist Richard Tuttle, a major solo show by Sarah Lucas and sculptural commission by Giuseppe Penone. In addition she was a co-selector and curator of The London Open 2015. Between 2015-2016 she set up and curated an independent exhibition space, NEW STUDIO, curating solo shows by both British and international artists. She has contributed to several publications including Sarah Lucas: SITUATION ABSOLUTE BEACH MAN RUBBLE (2013) and The London Open (2015) and has been a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths University.