MICHELLE JAYNE TURNER
After being closed to the public for over 8 months due to a devastating fire in May 2012, TAP has been fully refurbished and is ready to open its doors once again.
The artist run gallery, screening room and studios were severely damaged when a van that had been the target of arson exploded through the gallery window setting the building alight and destroying artwork from the exhibition that had opened that night.
Essex and Suffolk Water have been a great support in the restoration of the building and TAP artists, and staff, are very excited to be re-launching the space this January.
“We are very grateful for the support we have received and are really looking forward to welcoming people back into TAP and moving forward with some great projects both in the building and offsite too”
The core aim of TAP is to provide a research space for artists to develop their ideas and practice through experimentation. TAP work with invited guest curators and collaborators to produce engaging events and exhibitions including artist talks, workshops and off site projects.
A great programme of public events running through until 24th March has been curated to celebrate the re-launch of the project, opening with an exhibition of 19 TAP artists and staff on the 12th January 4-6pm. The exhibition will also include a painting by the late Chris Lang, whose work was damaged in the fire.