Transmission is an artist-run organisation that supports and is supported by its membership and surrounding communities in Glasgow and beyond. Operating in multiple capacities, Transmission works with artists in the production of exhibitions, events, exchanges, residencies, and publications. It also shares various resources with its membership in order to facilitate activities outside its own programming. As the longest-standing artist-run space in Glasgow, it houses an archive of materials connected to the activities of the gallery and its membership, whilst remaining active a present-day social hub.
Transmission labours under the banner of autonomy – but is deeply (inter-)dependant on a variety of factors and players that determine the operational parameters of the space and its activities. As a registered charity, it is held together by a combination of state funding, voluntary labor, and the ongoing construction of its community. It is constitutionally ingrained that all Transmission activities and resources remain free, and that each and every person that works with it receive fair pay, now and forever. It is one of the inherent contradictions of Transmission that whilst dogmatically enforcing fair pay for artists and creative practitioners, it is managed and programmed by a voluntary committee of six people, each of whom joins successively and may serve for a maximum of two years.
Anyone can become a member of Transmission. The membership is currently comprised of around 300 artists and interested parties in Glasgow and further afield. As a whole, it constitutes the collective body that shares, cares, and thinks critically around the programming and functioning of Transmission, forming both the primary audience and users of the space.
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