Royal NoneSuch Gallery
Run by Liz Bernstien and Carrie Hott
Royal NoneSuch Gallery has existed since May and been programming monthly shows since October 2009.
The idea is to have a community event space: something to do on the mental map. The visual space is less than half of what the space is about. They want to see people engage. There is a heavy event schedule: something at least once a week. Over the life span of the gallery, they’ve seen an audience build. Partnering with other spaces creates bigger space, moral support, familiarity with the local art scene, bigger events, and community connections.
The process of working together is totally organic. They propose ideas for programming to each other. For example, they look at an artist’s website, then contact the person to see what they would like to do: be a curator or an artist, and from there start a dialogue.
They meet to delegate responsibilities to each other and cover for each other when the other gets busy
They are planning to develop a contract to be clear about what happened to the space in the event that one or the other leaves or stops working in the space.
Both Liz and Carrie work other jobs to support the space. It’s a firm system: they split rent and utilities 50/50. They keep all receipts and total up at the end of the month to make sure the debt load is the same for both people.
They receive money as donations for alcohol and food, charge $10 per person for the craft fairs, get revenue from some art sales (ex: holiday art sales) to pay themselves back. They never break even. Guest curators cover the cost of installation materials and provide their own labor, while Royal NoneSuch covers the costs of promotion. Artists will cover the costs of their own production and installation.