Exploring Durham

Bull City Arts Collaborative
Dec. 14, 2013 @ 12:06 AM

Throughout December, Exploring Durham will feature articles about some of Durham’s unique arts features.

To call Durham a place of great creativity is an understatement – it has the highest percentage of creative class workers in the United States. That creative atmosphere is evident all over Durham, especially in places like The Bull City Arts Collaborative (BCAC).

A co-working space like so many others that feed Durham’s entrepreneurial scene, BCAC is an arts and creative professional alliance made up of four studios producing commissioned work and retail artworks in a variety of media. Established in 2006 by Dave Wofford and Kenny Dalsheimer, BCAC is located in the increasingly funky and arts-focused Central Park District of Durham at 401 Foster Street just up the street from the home of the Durham Farmers’ Market. On a Saturday, a visit to one should include the other to complete a distinctly Durham experience.

The Upfront Gallery is a space for visitors to both see and shop the work shown.  The gallery has a members’ display wall with work for show and sale in addition to an exhibit of curated works from guest artists. The Upfront Gallery is open Fridays 11 a.m. -2 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. - noon.

BCAC members have collaborations with diverse individuals and organizations both locally and nationally. Currently, the BCAC houses a documentary film and video production studio, The Groove Productions, a graphic design, publishing and letterpress printing shop, Horse & Buggy Press, along with two photography studios, Riley Maclean Photography and megapixie photography. 

Insider Tip: BCAC has open studios during Durham’s Third Friday Artwalk on the third Friday of every month from 6 p.m. -9 p.m. and often hosts receptions for guest artists.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.