Here & There
The gritty evidence of railroads, army storage, and soap production define and influence one of Minneapolis’ most well known cultural hubs, The Soap Factory. Our exhibition space provides a unique challenge for re-thinking widespread cultural ideas in the context of an overtly utilitarian building and the flexibility for experimentation in an ever-changing structure. Since our founding we have aimed to use this space to provide community and exhibition space for emerging and mid-career artists. During our 2017/2018 programming season, we are expanding The Soap Factory’s history of rethinking spaces and providing artists with opportunities to projects both here & there.
Rethinking Public Spaces
While our building is undergoing renovations during 2017, The Soap Factory is partnering with artists to activate currently underused public spaces. The Soap Factory invited artists to submit proposals for projects outside of The Soap Factory that re-think public spaces and/or utilize spaces often neglected or overlooked. Rethinking Public Spaces will take place around the exterior of The Soap Factory, across the Minneapolis/St Paul Metro, and throughout the state, including Rochester, Brainerd, and Cambridge.
International Residency Exchange
The Residency exchange is a 1-2 month placement program, providing emerging and mid-career Minnesota artists support to research, produce, exhibit new works, and explore the artistic, social, and cultural context offered by a host city. Upon their return, residency artists will share their experiences and any new work through an artist talk. In 2018, artists from partner programs abroad will be offered a 1-3 month residency opportunity at The Soap Factory, supported by our staff in documentation, installation, critique and presentation.
Each international exchange will be unique and aim to provide programming and networking opportunities in addition to travel and material support. For all residency artists, becoming part of a distinct network of cultural establishments, conversations, and communities will enhance the experience of making work in a new city.
For our ﬁrst exchange, The Soap Factory is partnering with an Arts and Artist Residency organization in Tranås, Sweden. Kultivera aims to connect artists from various countries with the hope to promote democracy, diversity, quality, innovation, and cultural development.