Triangle Network is an international network of small-scale arts organisations and projects that support and disseminate the work of emerging artists through artist-led workshops, residencies, exhibitions and outreach events. With a focus on professional development and cultural exchange, Triangle encourages peer-to-peer learning and creates research opportunities for artists, curators and other arts professionals through its projects. Each network partner is independent and develops activities that respond directly to the local needs of artists and the public.
Since its establishment in 1982 the Triangle Network has developed projects and created partnerships amongst organisations from over 40 countries around the world.
Triangle Network History
Triangle Network was founded by Sir Anthony Caro and Robert Loder in 1982 and started with an artists’ workshop in Upstate New York in the summer of the same year.
The workshop, which has become a regularly event in the US, brought together approximately 25 emerging and mid-career artists from the US, Canada and the UK, who spent 2 weeks making work alongside each other. The workshop aimed to provide these artists with the space and time to make new work informed by the exchange of ideas and the sharing of knowledge and skills. As such, the workshop focused on the process of making work rather than the product.
After the success of the initial workshops, the organisers decided to widen the project’s geographical reach and invite artists from South Africa, namely David Koloane and Bill Ainsley who, after attending the workshop in New York, decided to organise a Triangle workshop outside Johannesburg. They invited artists from South Africa and neighbouring countries, some of whom returned home and decided to start workshops of their own, thereby instigating the development of a network that, over three decades, has created projects and established partners in over 40 countries worldwide.
Over the years, a few small organisations have joined the network and some workshops have acquired permanent spaces, becoming organisations that generally offer studios for local artists, international residencies, exhibitions and community outreach activities. Gasworks is one such organisation and is also the hub of the Triangle Network.