CTRL+SHFT needs your support!
Help us celebrate our two year anniversary by helping our doors stay open!
Here's the story:
CTRL+SHFT has received notice of a huge rent increase and we are turning to our big, beautiful community to help us keep our doors open so we can continue to provide a space for female, gender non-conforming, queer, and POC artists. In our current model, the cost of the gallery is included in the rent that each member pays for their studio. This has worked seamlessly in the past, but this major rent increase effective at the resigning of our lease in August will price us out of our space. We would have to close and dismantle CTRL+SHFT.
It’s been an amazing two years of programming and community engagement and we are committed to continuing in our mission. Since signing our lease in June 2015:
- We've built out the space to provide affordable, functional studios for artists supporting over 20 artists in their practices
- We’ve had 12 exhibitions which have given over 100 artists the opportunity to show their work
- We've hosted outside programming by amazing organizations and collectives like First Exposures, Nook Gallery, and Black Salt Collective
- We've received the Alternative Exposures grant from Southern Exposure, allowing us to offer curators, speakers, and artists fair compensation for their work
What will your contribution support?
If we meet our goal, we will be able to the cover the cost of the gallery space for a year to continue putting together great exhibitions. This means covering the rent increase in the gallery space, including an increase in our maintenance costs required under the lease, installation and exhibition supplies, and most importantly fees for artists, curators, and gallery sitters. We are fundraising for the bare minimum of our operating costs for the year. The collective will continue to apply for grants and other funding to ensure our longevity and secure our space!
Who is CTRL+SHFT?
Founded in 2015, CTRL+SHFT is an artist run collective based in a warehouse space in Oakland. The founding members built our warehouse out into 12 studio spaces and a gallery space, which has since hosted over 20 exhibitions and events. Every member of the collective both pays studio rent (which includes gallery rent), and takes on a voluntary assignment of administrative, curatorial, and operational duties.
CTRL+SHFT strives to hold space for community engagement and a wide array of artistic practices. We consistently question what it means to build and be a part of a community, and our ever growing CTRL+SHFT community includes women, WOC, queer, genderqueer, & non-binary writers, artists, thinkers, curators, allies, agitators, organizers, activists and teachers. As an exhibition and organizing space, we prioritize and focus on supporting (e.g. exhibition space, studio space, resources, people, network, someone to listen, take action, witness) artists of color and queer and gender non-conforming folks.
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CTRL+SHFT is Addy Rabinovitch, Allison Chalco, Caroline Hayes Charuk, Em Meine, Erica Molesworth, Jay Katelansky, Jessica Hubbard, Kenyatta AC Hinkle, Lindsay Tunkl, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Maryam Yousif, and Megan Reed.
Risks and challenges
Like every artist-run space, the future of CTRL+SHFT is precarious. We will do everything we can to remain a facet of the East Bay art scene for as long as possible, but costs are high. If we reach our goal, we will be able to stay open for another year, but every year brings a new set of problems, financial or otherwise. Despite this, we remain positive, and with your continued help and support, we will continue to contribute to the Bay for years to come.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter