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The Carrack Announces Move to Golden Belt District

Community ­oriented gallery and performance space to relocate to Durham’s new Torus Building July 1

June 1, 2016

(Durham, NC) ­­ After five years of exhibitions, performances, and community gatherings in its original space downtown, The Carrack is moving to a new venue in Durham on July 1.

The artist­ centered, volunteer ­run, zero ­commission exhibition and event spaceis relocating to the Torus Building, a recently renovated venue which includes studios and events space in addition to the gallery space that the Carrack will inhabit. Located at 947 East Main Street in Durham, Torus physically joins with SPECTRE Arts’ outdoor space to form a dynamic multi­arts venue in the growing Golden Belt district.

In its five years at 111 West Parrish Street, The Carrack has hosted over 900 individual visual artists in 130 exhibitions, including regular community shows and juried solo and group exhibitions, as well as hundreds of performances and art­focused community events.

In its new space, The Carrack will continue to serve its growing community by hosting a new exhibition every two weeks, as well as frequent performances, workshops, and creative gatherings. The Carrack will also expand its programming reach into other venues to mount larger shows and satellite performances at spaces elsewhere in Durham such as The Fruit at 305 South Dillard Street.

“Our move to the Torus building will allow us to serve artists and guests in an accessible environment and will open up many more opportunities for exchange and collaboration with the already active arts community in the Golden Belt Arts District. We also look forward to forging new partnerships with the neighborhood in East Durham,” says Laura Ritchie, director and co­founder of The Carrack.

“My heart is bursting with gratitude for the generosity we’ve received over the past five years on Parrish Street in downtown Durham,” Ritchie adds. “We have so many unique memories in that space. I am ecstatic about carrying all of that with us into a new space.”

In addition to the ability to reach new communities through larger and more diverse events, The Carrack’s new space offers gallery walls that will make installation of artwork easier and professional lighting that will improve the look and feel of shows and performances. The new space is also ADA­compliant.

The first Carrack exhibit slated for its new space at 947 East Main Street is C. Neyland’s “The Valley,” a multimedia installation “in which lost objects from another life are restored to you in the belly of a carp.” The exhibit runs July 5­16 with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 6 p.m.­8 p.m. and an artist’s talk Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m.

The Carrack closes its programming at its 111 West Parrish Street location with its Fifth Birthday Bash and Community Show, which runs June 17­25. The show’s opening reception is Friday, June 17, 6 p.m.­9 p.m. The Carrack will bid its original space farewell with a party on Saturday, June 25. The event will begin on Parrish Street at 5 p.m. and process to the new, Main Street space at 6:30 p.m. for a reception and tour.

Durham Artists Movement, a community­based organization interested in cultivating a space that expands the uses of art in liberation struggles,will inherit the Parrish Street space for the remainder of the calendar year.

About the Carrack

The Carrack’s mission is to empower local artists to forge productive cultural and socio­economic ties with their community through professional exhibit and performance opportunities in a zero­commission art space. It is devoted to providing creative opportunities for artists who are emerging and seeking inaugural exhibition space, experimenting and seeking a departure from an established art practice, marginalized and belong to a non­dominant culture, producing work that is radical in content and/or imagery, creating temporal, site­specific work, and seeking a central gathering space unbounded by discipline, age, class, race, gender or other identities. The Carrack was founded on the principle that access to space is critical for artists and access to the arts is critical to a community’s health.

The Carrack operates with the support of a team of 20+ rotating volunteers, an Advisory Board, two staff members, and a Board of Directors. We are a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas. Our funding comes from individual one­time donations, local sponsorships, a sustaining donor program and an annual fundraising event.

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