Space 1026

$19,227 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 271 people in 11 months
Created August 13, 2018
Space 1026
After 20 plus years of art exhibitions, music shows, dance parties, comedy shows and art performances in our gallery, and non-stop art making in our studios, the only building that Space 1026 has ever occupied has been sold. It’s a bit of a mystery how Space 1026 has lasted so long, but it has. This said, we are not part of the new owner’s plans for the building. 

Space 1026 was started as a place to create and show art with people that were actual friends that shared a common vision of “do it yourself, with other people”. We’ve had 10 to 12 art shows a year every year since November 1997. We have shown art by Daniel Johnston, Rebecca Westcott, Cory Arcangel, Ed Templeton, Shepard Fairey, Cynthia Connolly, Jim Houser and hundreds more. We’ve been having performances and parties in our space since February 1998, when the Rhode Island collective Fort Thunder exhibited in our gallery and the duo Lightning Bolt played the opening reception. Kimya Dawson, Bahamadia, Kim Gordon and Ian Svenonius have all played music in our gallery. MF Doom’s album, “Vaudeville Villain” was recorded at Space 1026. Comedian Maria Bamford has performed in our gallery. Whether you’ve donated $5 to see a music show or spent hundreds of dollars at our yearly art auction or exhibited your work in our space or have simply walked into our gallery to view the show, it’s all support and we appreciate it.

We have been described as an “art school, without the school”. The Space 1026 alumni list is very long. Clare Rojas, Jayson Musson, Becky Suss, Adam Wallacavage, Isaac Lin, Tara Booth, and Alex Da Corte are just a few people that have made art in our studios. Space 1026 has been the home of some independently owned companies, like Reload Bags, Megawords, All Ages Productions, Free News Projects and The Philadelphia Independent. As an art making collective, Space 1026 has had group shows in London, Puerto Rico, Oakland, New York and many other places. Since 2007, Space 1026 has been home to a Mummers NYB called The Vaudevillains, who help bring rainbow glitter and diversity to the Philadelphia folk tradition. All of this has been made possible by past and present members, friends and supporters of Space 1026. 

We have been recognized as an art space that is not quite like any other art space in the city or even the country. We have been written about in many publications, some of which no longer exist in print form, like SPIN, and some that do, like The Philadelphia Inquirer. Part of our uniqueness is the architectural structure of the two floors we occupy and the other part relies on the way in which we occupy those two floors. We are not sure what our new space is going to be yet, but we do have plans for the rebirth of Space 1026. We are planning to buy a building that we can count on to be our new home.

We will have affordable studios and a screen printing facility like we always have. We will  have a gallery and continue with exhibitions and live events and add regular, highly affordable workshops which will be open to the public. Other new aspects that will be a part of the new Space 1026 will depend on the building we find.  Artists in residence programs? Expanded printing facilities? Multiple galleries? An area designated for performances? We’ll see. The search has begun.

When we started Space 1026 we had to sign a two year lease and that made us nervous, because at that point, we didn’t know what we would want to be doing two years into the future. Twenty years later, with our building being sold, we know what we and the community want, and that is for Space 1026 to continue to exist. We want to stay and serve Philadelphia in a permanent way. Space 1026 is not a registered non-profit and because of this, we have always existed without the help of grant funding. We exist by members paying rent, people buying art, people coming to performances and donations to our art auction. We do not have a surplus of funds waiting around for the ‘rainy day’ that is now upon us. We will need the help of others like never before to secure our future. We are very excited for the new future. Please help if you can. 

Space 1026

Drawing of Space1026 by Brian Lynch, photograph by Adam Wallacavage

We've been around for 20 years and have never made any merch with Space1026 on it. But now we are! Below are the reward amounts. Because of Gofundme policy, please email your donation receipt with mailing address to space1026gofundme@gmail.com


Hi! My name is Jacqueline Quinn and Go Fund Me has asked to explain a bit of my connection to Space 1026 since I made the page. Other than being a member since 2013 and a textile designer, I am team finance here at Space 1026 in Philadelphia, which ends up meaning a lot of things. But overall it means that I care a lot about it and try to keep it running by writing a million emails to the 20 members and countless alumni who still stay on the mailing list to keep an eye on what we are doing. I pay the bills, do the book keeping, buy toilet paper among other things and introduced the water cooler to our studio.  

The money we raise through Go Fund Me will go directly into the bank account of Space 1026. We are in the process of buying a building and need additional funds for that to occur, including but not limited to: putting a down payment on a building and materials to rebuild our studios, silkscreen area and gallery space. 

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After much ado about continuing to DIY, our current lease at 1026 Arch St. is extended until May 31st, 2019! We look forward to a few more shows, events, and yard sales - stay tuned!

Through the generosity of the many SPACE 1026 supporters who have given us excellent advice and guidance through this process, we are now pre-approved for a mortgage. This means a forever home for Space 1026 is just within reach!

We have raised $17,727 of our $50,000 goal
Some people have been wondering what this small but substantial amount of money can do to help us buy a building. So far, your support has been truly magical, for it helps us in the short- and long-term. This fundraiser allows us to continue programming and functioning at our current address; putting on art shows, music shows, comedy performances, public group activities like Make Night and BYOT-Shirt screen print workshop AND giving the super cool Mummer's NYB The Vaudevillians a workshop to prepare for 2019's parade. It's keeping Space 1026 alive during this long transition. The funding will help us with the giant task of packing up and moving into a new building and helping us with supplies and building materials to make repairs on the new space. We will not be moving into a brand new prefab building. It will need a lot of work!

Though while your kind donations have offered us an immediate support, we are perhaps most excited about how your generosity has allowed us to take on a project that goes beyond those immediate hours. Some may view this new endeavor as a means of, dare we say, time travel?

In conjunction with University of Pennsylvania Fisher Fine Arts Library Web Archive, your donations allow us to properly archive the massive amount of ephemera and documentation - both digital and physical - from the past 20 years. The righteous and highly qualified dudes over at the University of Pennsylvania and Fisher Fine Arts Library Web Archive have each offered a generous hand, in helping us sort through boxes of relics and photos, all of which are swirling with memories and crawling with spiders. We are excited about all the potential new directions starting fresh can have for us as a community; and we hope to be able to carry with us the folklore and history that thousands of creative individuals have carved, printed and splattered onto the storied walls of Space 1026.

Thanks to your continued donations and support, Space 1026 won’t be left in the past like some big ol’ dusty dinosaur. So long as you keep spreadin’ the word, we can continue to be a bastion within the greater DIY community.

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has donated so far - keep it up! Spread the word!

However, we have not found a building yet!
After a lot of searching, viewing properties, and help from the lovely Nancy Trachtenberg, we have two on our list: one North, one South.

We need your help! If you or someone you know who owns a property in Philadelphia that is around 4000 square feet or larger FOR SALE - please let us know!

ALSO! The art auction is just around the corner, First Friday Preview is this Friday, December 7th and
Art Auction is next Saturday, December 15th!

Doors at 6pm / Bidding at 7pm
1026 Arch Street 2nd Floor Philadelphia PA 10107

Space 1026 has continued to thrive for 21 years with the support of its members past and present, as well as those within the Philadelphia community. The annual Art Auction has always been a major calendar event - donations and attendance from the auction foster our continued existence as an art collective and DIY venue in a very crucial way. And as we prepare to say goodbye to Space 1026 Arch Street and plan, quite literally, our next move, this year’s Art Auction matters more than ever. In its 21st year, Space 1026 continues to provide affordable studio spaces, houses a shared silk screen facility, and offers members a chance to be part of the Philadelphia art community while serving as a supportive venue for a variety of gallery programs.

The Art Auction donations contribute to Space 1026 in a multitude of ways. They help sustain the Space 1026 gallery and studio facilities. They cover the cost of repairs, equipment and materials; they enable artists to create and print promotional postcards at openings for visiting artists; they supplement continued participation in group shows, and cover other costs necessary in hosting events throughout the year. The Art Auction also provides an accessible means for new audiences to discover and own unique artwork donated by members and supporters. Not only does the auction feature work from prominent Space 1026 members like Adam Wallacavage, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Alex Lukas, Tara Booth, and James Ulmer, but it also boats a collection of pieces from celebrated national artists like Charles Burns, Tim Kerr, Ed Templeton and Erin Riley.

As much as this is a fundraising event for us, it’s also a party for YOU, the community that has unwaveringly supported our DIY mission through all these fun and messy years. There will be food, beverages, an awesome live auctioneer, music, and overall rowdiness. As for the auctioning itself, we invite everyone to participate and enjoy. This event is a great opportunity for collectors both seasoned and just starting out, to get their hands on a piece of original artwork at an affordable price.

In some ways, this year is unlike any other for our members; in others, it is no less different – for we are fortunate to have the support of a strong community that continues to promote eclectic gallery programming and a growing network of artists, a community whose love and appreciation is sure to follow us to our new doorstep. So come celebrate with the Space 1026 family as we host the very last Art Auction to be held at 1026 Arch Street.
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The car-dodging, noodle-swaddled kitty overlords would like to thank the kind folks & buds who donated during days 18-26. Things are looking purrrty fine so far thanks to you, dear friends. Space1026 needs a new home right meow, so please continue to donate & share!

Sweet lovin' thankfulness,

Art by Eileen Echikson
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Thank you to friends from days 6 through 10 who have donated to our go fund me! We are so appreciative of all the love and support! We hit $10,000 this week, thanks to all of you. Love, Space 1026. Drawing by Miriam Singer
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A big thank you to donors from days 2 through 5! We continue to be touched by your generosity and support.

<3, Space 1026

Drawing by Nora Einbender-Luks
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Raised by 271 people in 11 months
Created August 13, 2018
Space 1026
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