Raleigh's VAE moving from City Market to warehouse district

Staff writerMay 10, 2011 

Visual Art Exchange is leaving City Market for downtown Raleigh's warehouse district.

The nonprofit said today that it has signed a lease for 4,000 square feet in the building at 309 W. Martin Street.

The space is more than three times the size of its existing space in City Market, next to Moore Square.

VAE will relocate in September.

The move will allow VAE to add new initiatives and improve its existing programs, executive director Sarah Powers said in a release.

The move also puts VAE near the recently opened Contemporary Art Museum, Designbox and a number of other art studios and galleries.

“The move will double the size of our exchange gallery and main gallery and allow VAE to add a new exhibition space called ’The Cube,’" Powers said.

The Cube will allow for a year-round schedule of exhibitions and more opportunities for artists who work in alternative mediums, she said.

VAE is also the primary organizer of SPARKcon, the art and design festival held each September in downtown Raleigh.

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