R Space’s ambition is to increase access, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary visual arts, crafts, design and other related arts activities. It collaborates with a diverse range of excellent and challenging artists and designers working in different media, providing audiences from a wide range of educational, social and cultural backgrounds with different points of access to the arts.
R Space is a lively and welcoming environment that excites visitors into thinking and talking about the arts and provides an opportunity to purchase visual arts and craft and for their own homes and collections.
R Space exhibits the work of artists and makers who explore Materials, Messages and Methods of production of work that has meaning in its quality. It is important that their work considers What they use, Why they use it and How they present its outcome.
Director Robert Martin is an extremely experienced arts professional, having worked nationally and internationally offering creative solutions for a wide range of partnerships. Robert is a strategic thinker working across the public sector and creative industries with communication and networking skills with forethought, constructive action, attention to detail and perceptive creative delivery. Since moving to Northern Ireland to work with his co-director Anthea McWilliams , they established R-Space Gallery in 2011 as a community interest company presenting an exhibition programme of work by international, national and local artists.
Director Anthea McWilliams is a graduate of Middlesex University where she studied for an honours degree in Performance Arts (1984-87). A professional dance practitioner, Anthea has worked freelance in community dance in N.Ireland since 1988 and now specialises in delivering dance projects for older people. She completed a Masters in Cultural Management with a distinction in 2001 at the University of Ulster thereafter establishing the Richard Wallace Trust (Lisburn) as a local charity celebrating the cultural and historical legacy of Lisburn’s Sir Richard Wallace. Originally from Lisburn, Anthea inherited the once family home in Castle Street where she lived as a child and now co-owns with partner Robert Martin. The Georgian building, the former Rectory to Lisburn Cathedral is undergoing major refurbishment of which R-Space is a completed part, the remainder holds memories, history, potential, responsibility and hopefully space to live in once again.