Popular East Austin art gallery and creative hub loses lease after 20 years
Flatbed Press, a popular East Austin art gallery and warehouse housing nearly a dozen local creative businesses, is losing its lease. As first reported by Sightlines Magazine, the 18,000-square-foot space has been given notice by the property's owners and must vacate next year.
Flatbed was founded in 1989 and moved to its current home at 2830 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. a decade later, in 1999. Since its inception, Flatbed has been a space for creatives across the city thanks to its community events and partnerships, as well as support for local and Texas artists.
In addition to Flatbed Press and Flatbed Gallery, other companies being asked to vacate include Shoal Creek Gallery, Camiba Art Gallery, and Recspec, among others. Camiba, an art gallery that specializes in contemporary art, took to Facebook to announce the news. "It is sad but it is true — we'll be looking for a new home soon."
In a city like Austin without a centralized gallery district, what makes Flatbed special is the diversity in its offerings. Patrons can peruse the space, hopping from a gallery specializing in prints to another featuring local contemporary artists to yet another showcasing world-class graphic design.
During an interview with Sightlines, Flatbed founder Katherine Brimberry said the lease was originally supposed to be renewed through 2021, but Flatbed was given notice late last month that it would be terminated next year instead.
Flatbed will continue to host programming until its closing. On February 16, Lorena Morales, a Houston-based abstract artist will open her show, "Glimmers of Time," followed by Orna Feinstein, whose show runs March 17-April 14. Other 2018 programming highlights include Rachel Kalisky opening April 20 and Misha Penton whose show opens on May 19.