Hangar is a centre for art research and production, offering support to artists.
Hangar’s mission is to support the visual artists and creators during the different phases of their art production processes as well as to contribute to the best development of their projects. For doing so, Hangar facilitates them equipments, facilities, production assistance and a suitable context for experimentation and free knowledge transfer.
The centre offers an array of services and a framework that allows for the research and development of art productions in their entirety, or partially. Hangar follows up on the results by including the projects in various networks and platforms, or by detecting possibilities for their incorporation within other fields.
Hangar’s headquarters are in a building -loaned by the Barcelona City Council- that is located in the Can Ricart complex, an industrial environment within the Poblenou neighbourhood in Barcelona. The architecture is from the mid 19th Century, and was originally designed for the textile industry. Up until the closure of industrial activity in 1991, different companies established themselves in the building that Hangar now occupies.
At present, and after the centre was extended to the adjacent warehouses, the buildings used by Hangar cover a total surface of 2,600 m2, and are distributed in the following way:
- the first building was the first to be occupied by the centre and takes up a total surface of 1,800 m2, distributed along two open plan floors. The space includes 15 individual artist studio spaces; a co-working space with 9 spaces; two multi-purpose rooms, and an area that houses the centre’s offices.
- a second warehouse, ‘the Ricsson’, mainly houses a multi-purpose sound stage, comprised of a sound stage of approximately 150 m2, changing rooms, a production room, and control rooms.
- a third building, known as Microfugues, contains the video, image, programming, streaming, and interactivity labs; a multi-purpose room, and a classroom.
- a residency with 4 bedrooms.
Furthermore, Hangar offers services such as equipment rental, technical assistance, consulting, and production follow-up. Hangar also develops art research projects, and run its own activities programme, which includes, among others, presentations, workshops, and other learning activities for artists.
Hangar is mainly funded by the Regional Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council, and enjoys the specific collaboration of the Banc de Sabadell Foundation for resident artists’ activities, the Ministry of Culture and the European Commission for the development of specific projects.
The Visual Artists’ Association of Catalonia Private Foundation is in charge of running its management, and a programme commission, renewed every two years, takes care of its art direction.
Hangar’s management model and its vision as a public service focused on production and research makes Hangar a space that specialises in providing support for artists.