In June 2011 The Carrack Modern Art opened to the public as a unique zero-commission art space concept with a mission to “empower artists to forge productive cultural and socio-economic ties with the Durham community through professional exhibit opportunities in a setting that is not commercially driven.” Essentially, the community “owns” a space where artists have the rare opportunity to engage the public and patrons with direct interaction on the artist’s own terms. Each artist curates his/her own exhibits and pays no fee nor commission to The Carrack. It’s a radical concept when compared to more traditional galleries and artist cooperatives. And it works through community support.
Over the past sixteen months, visitors to The Carrack’s space had the opportunity to view 24 solo exhibits, 10 group exhibits, 4 open call community shows, as well as events featuring film, poetry and music. More than 150 artists (and innumerable others in the Durham community and beyond) benefit from the availability of The Carrack as an avenue to express and explore.
Tomorrow, The Carrack begins its first fundraiser allowing it to continue its admirable mission with support from us. The eight-day long series of events includes the Community Color exhibit, interactive arts and activities, and culminates in an art auction gala on October 13th (gala tickets are available for purchase online here). Noted below are some details about each diverse event as described in the press release. The events cover arts in its many forms, reflecting the diversity of the community. Find an event that appeals to your particular sensibility and pay a visit to The Carrack in the coming week to donate what you can in support of the creative community it fosters in Durham.
Friday, October 5, 7 – 10 pm: A free opening reception for Community Color exhibit with DJ Mike B
Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Create with the Carrack
Admission: $10, $5 for children under 10 years of age. Tickets are available online here or at the door. Create your own art with included supplies (provided in part by happymess Art Studios). Live music from Anna Rose Beck, Jay Hammond and Scarlet Virginia and donut refreshment from Monuts Donuts.
Sunday, October 7, 12:00 – 5:00 pm: dTownMarket @ The Carrack (free admission)
This Sunday dtownMarket will be extended to The Carrack. A portion of proceeds will benefit the first annual fundraiser.
Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 pm: A free tour of the historic renovations at 106 West Parrish Street (directly across the street from The Carrack).
Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 and 8:00 pm: A free live performance by local site-specific dance artist, Alexis Mastromichalis.
Thursday, October 11, 7:30 pm: A free Poetry Showcase and Open Mic hosted by Dasan Ahanu.
Friday, October 12, 7:00 – 10:00 pm: A free live music by experimental composers and songwriters, Jay Manley and Knives of Spain. Music starts at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 6:00 – 10:00 pm: Gala and Art Auction (bidding begins at 7:30 pm and closes at 9:00 pm), hosted by behavioral economist, New York Times Bestselling author and founder of Duke’s Center for Advanced Hindsight, Dan Ariely. Admission is $25. Beer will be provided by Bull City Burger and Brewery with refreshments from Loaf.
Limited tickets are available for a Champagne Preview Party (5:00 – 6:00 pm) during which guests have the exclusive opportunity to purchase art at the starting bid price before the auction begins. Admission to the preview party starts at $100.