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Collaboratorium: Canvases Large & Small

  • Artlink Contemporary Gallery 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN, 46802 United States (map)

We like to keep it simple sometimes, so this month’s Collaboratorium will be all about creating collaborative works on canvases of all sizes, from the smallest we can find to the largest. There will be no specified theme, but (as always) we will have our Big Bucket of Prompts in case you’re in need of inspiration. Artists of any skill level who are 18 years or older are welcome to participate, and you can arrive and leave whenever you please. All supplies will be provided by Italian Friend

About Collaboratorium
Collaboratorium is a weekly artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus that brings together artists, musicians, performers, and writers to create collaborative, improvised works in a wide range of mediums, including visual art, music, video, and performance art.
Collaboratorium sessions take place in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages participants to focus on the processes of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation.

Brief History (2016-present)
Early in 2016, the artist collective Italian Friend ArtRuckus was formed in downtown Fort Wayne around the idea of creating a space for its founding members to come together and collaborate
in a improvised, freewheeling manner. What began as informal, occasional meetings soon grew into weekly artmaking sessions that included a greater number of artists, musicians, performers,
and writers. By the end of 2017, over 50 individuals from the Fort Wayne area and beyond had participated in this program, now officially known as Collaboratorium.

Since its inception nearly two years ago, Collaboratorium sessions have resulted in the creation of hundreds of artworks (drawings, paintings, books, sculptures, and more), and over 100 hours
of recorded music and performance art. In 2018, Italian Friend will continue Collaboratorium in their new headquarters with a more
ambitious structure. Each week’s session will have a planned focus on specific media, materials, and/or themes, while the key components of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation will remain central. 

In addition, on the third Wednesday of each month, a public
Collaboratorium will be held at Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery for artists 18 years and older. These public sessions will be centered on the visual arts and will help Italian Friend share the collaborative ethos and techniques that they’ve developed in the past two years with a new population of artists.