A short history
Storey G2 is a contemporary art organisation based in Lancaster, in North West England. It commissions artists of international repute to work with local people to explore features of the area which illuminate global social issues. So far, these have been about landownership. It recently completed a project entitled "Landed (Freeman's Wood)". The current project is “Landed (Cadastral Maps)”.
The organisation was started in 1991 by a group of Lancaster-based artists and continues to be run by practising artists. Initially known as the Storey Institute Art Gallery, then as Storey Art Gallery, and later as Storey Gallery, we presented a programme of temporary exhibitions of contemporary art in the splendid Victorian gallery in the Storey Institute for 20 years until 2012. The exhibition programme included one-person shows by Andy Goldsworthy, Gillian Ayres, Basil Beattie, Michael Brennand-Wood, Simon Callery, Anthony Green, Albert Irvin, Michael Kenny, Sophie Ryder, and Richard Wilson, plus touring exhibitions from Japan, Spain, and Italy, and a variety of curated group shows.
As well as exhibitions, the programme included installations, residencies, talks, discussions, practical workshops, sessions for schools, professional development for local artists, and projects in the public realm including The Tasting Garden by Mark Dion next to the Storey building, and various works in Lancaster's Market Square.
Details of this programme are on the ‘past’ section of this website.
In 2007-09 the building was refurbished to become the Storey Creative Industries Centre. We expected that this change would provide a supportive context for our further development. But unfortunately the physical gallery received negligible improvement, and we were faced with a decrease in space, increase in rent, and cuts in funding.
So we moved out of the building in 2013 and took a new direction, shifting our focus away from exhibition delivery towards an engagement with social issues. To reflect this change in activity, we changed our operating name to StoreyG2.
The project, Landed (Freeman's Wood), took the situation of conflict over a local plot of land as an appropriate example through which to explore the topic of landownership and its effects on people’s lives.
In our current project, Landed (Cadastral Maps) - a pilot, we are researching the information required to produce artists’ cadastral maps (maps of landownership) showing current and historical landownership of a rural area of north Lancashire, and revealing change over time.
Our aim is to stimulate critical thought and reflection. We believe that a key role of art is to imagine how things could be different, and to communicate with a wide audience.