NEWS from the UPSTAIRS Gallery
UPSTAIRS was established, with its first exhibition in October 2017, as a means of giving back to the artistic community. Located in the centre of an Architectural practice it was possible to offer this space on a no commercial gain footing. The joy of Art lies in being able to view the work in person and socialise at exhibition openings, but the gallery remains closed to the public for the foreseeable future. Visitors to the Gallery will be aware that it is a small space which does not easily lend itself to comply with social distancing rules and within the context of the current climate, the health and wellbeing of staff is paramount.
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, and in the immediate aftermath to lock-down, it was decided to continue exhibiting Artists programmed for 2020 via the UPSTAIRS website and twitter account. This would allow for modest exposure of Artists’ work which would otherwise not have been seen by the public and we are thankful to the Artists who cooperated on this basis. However, it was always intended for this to be a temporary measure in reaction to an evolving situation.
An investigation was recently made into installing a 360-degree camera to allow for a virtual visit to the gallery, or an upgrade to the website experience, but these options proved cost prohibitive. They would also require the physical installation of the exhibition which presents logistical challenges given the changing rules, almost weekly, as the pandemic continues. Therefore, after careful consideration, it has been decided to put a hold on the programme for 2021. Once it becomes safe again to meet in public; social distancing rules have been removed; a vaccine is readily available; and the economic situation has become clearer; we will celebrate its reopening.
This year has been a challenge for us all and the future will no doubt be so. We take this opportunity to wish everyone well and look forward to bringing positive news later next year.
Jayne Austin – Curator
UPSTAIRS is an open access gallery space within the offices of HRI | Munro Architecture in Inverness, available for small scale multimedia exhibitions.
Operating a monthly programme and open from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday, it offers Inverness City centre exposure to new and established artists and welcomes applications to exhibit.