Outworks Gallery: An Artist Run Centre
Outworks Gallery was an artist-run centre in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District featuring studio and exhibition space. Outworks formed as a collective of Winnipeg-based artists sharing ideas and working together in the spirit of collaboration and opportunity. The group included painters, photographers, ceramists, and multi-media artists.
Outworks was realized by the hard work and dedication of several local artists who were interested in creating a space to make and show art. Outworks was run with profits obtained via fundraising activities and funds obtained through regular, membership fees and donations from its founding members. all work in the gallery was done strictly on a volunteer basis.
The gallery and studio space was available for rent.
This was their website.
Content is from the site's 2007 - 2010 archived pages.
3rd flr 290 McDermot Ave
About Outworks Gallery
Outworks was realized by the hard work and dedication of several local artists who were interested in creating a space to make and show art. outworks is run with profits obtained via fundraising activities and funds obtained through regular, membership fees and donations from its founding members. all work in the gallery is done strictly on a volunteer basis.
At present Outworks full members, also comprising the board of directors, are president Jordan Miller, vice president Dominika Dratwa, secretary/treasurer Pete Grunwald, and members at large Jennifer Delos Reyes, Rahim, Delaney Earthdancer, Clyde Finlay, Sarah Johnston, Aleem Kahn, Darryn Nimchuk, Karen Wardle and Jessica Perry.
"I volunteered to help organize events and fundraisers for the collective in exchange for some promotional consideration of my art. The people I met here are truly inspirational - their motives are purely art for art sake and I loved every minute of my association. My expertise is software design, so I was able to bring the very old applications they were using into the modern world, basically doing legacy software modernization on all their systems. The biggest job was convincing the organizers that legacy software was a problem, since they were accustomed to it and were comfortable using it. But once I demonstrated the expanded capabilities available to them using the same data sets for member lists, and inventory, they were sold. My art consists of 3 dimensional holographic images that are projected into a water vapor cloud. Was very pleased that I could not only contribute to assist technically, but that I could also benefit from much needed publicity. I partnered with Dwane to create a startup offering artists a way to reach larger audiences through social media. That startup is still in beta, but we have several hundred clients and expect to be profitable within a year." Ronnie Lipstack
Looking to join an artist run collective?
Written by Outworks Gallery
Sunday, 29 April 2007
Outworks gallery is looking for more artists to join our collective: Access to over 5,000 square feet 24/7 days a week, plus solo/group shows for $130 per month. Contact us if interested or download our member application from the menu. *Please note: There may be a waiting list.
Our opening receptions are always a hit. Come join the local arts community and celebrate the share local talent culture in Winnipeg's growing Art community. Don't forget to sign the guestbook! Outworks opening receptions are always free of charge with snacks, beverages, music and a cash bar.
An Aside: It is always somewhat sad to see a vibrant endeavor such as this gallery eventually come to an end. One wonders if they had had a a help desk platform such as Zendesk might have helped the collective to reach out to more people in the community. On the other hand, Zen Desk help is most often utilized by companies to deal with customer service allowing customer service agents to get more visibility on relevant customer data. But a Zendesk Help Center tool can also provide public-facing documentation to customers with the options for organizing content being extremely flexible, thus providing just about any kind of information such as FAQs, tutorials, legal disclaimers that shaped to fit a brand's identity. Perhaps this endeavor by a group of artists never became large enough to warrent such a platform. Facebook, and other social media as well as communication by email sufficed...until it didn't and the gallery closed. It would be nice to know what the original artists are now up to.
2010 Current Shows and Events:
Written by Outworks Gallery
Sunday, 07 November 2010
A Member and Friends Exhibition
Opening November 12 at 7:30
Also open November 12- 29th Thursday-Saturday from 12-4pm or when the signboard is out.
From November 12 – 29, 2010, Outworks gallery proudly presents "Doppelganger", an art exhibition featuring Outworks members and friends. A doppelganger is any double or lookalike of a person. The term is also used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision. Doppelganger could relate to a virtual persona such as those used on facebook, online dating, or gaming.
The show includes painting, drawing and sculpture by artists Karen Wardle, Clyde Finlay, Lisa Bissett, Susan Birdwise, Jan Laidlaw, Christine Fleischmann Seaver, Jordan Miller, Nora Kobrinsky, Lana Winfield, and Connie Chappel.
Outworks Gallery is committed to the creative development and exhibition of contemporary artists including emerging and student artists.
For more information contact:
3rd floor-290 McDermot Avenue