Arts & Culture

C3Lab to Close Coworking Space, Launch Fellowship Program and New Event Series

What's changed in the Lab

The coworking space in C3Lab will soon shut down, but exciting things are on the horizon. (Courtesy of C3Lab)

After nearly seven years in South End, C3Lab will close as a coworking space and be reimagined as a creative fellowship program committed to supporting Charlotte’s creative ecosystem.

The C3Lab Fellowship Program will launch in late spring 2022 with two selected artists who will not only have access to the necessary technology and tools, but also learn proper public realm compliance applications while under the public art division umbrella of C3Lab’s parent company, ACSM.

ACSM provides full-service planning, design, fabrication, logistics and installation of wayfinding systems, custom signs, public art and architectural environments.

“While this announcement is bittersweet, we are looking forward to beginning this new chapter,” Glen Nocik, co-founder of C3Lab, said in a December press release. “The reimagined C3Lab will better align with its parent firm, ACSM, to be an art-focused mentorship program. The program will educate, guide, and prepare emerging to mid-career artists for a creative profession that focuses on public art.” 

“We will miss the buzz of day-to-day life in the C3Lab coworking space but look forward to fostering and nurturing artists in a deeper way,” Nocik continued.

Though C3Lab will close — ACSM and the C3Lab Fellowship Program will relocate to the lower South End area of Charlotte — its sister concepts, Alchemy Restaurant and Gallery C3, will remain open at 2517 Distribution St., with each announcing newly scheduled event series this week. 

Gallery C3 is currently showing HUNT: Micro Cosmic Portals. The art exhibit features five multimodal artists — William Stephen Davis, Bradlee Crawford Hicks, Gregory Jamie, Stephen Warwick and Yang Yu — who each share a mixture of media formats including painting, watercolor, graphite, analog collage, video art, pen and ink, music and performative installation.

Yang Yu with her work at C3Lab’s HUNT exhibit. (Photo by Nicole Driscoll)

HUNT is an art exhibit described as “a series of inward journeys, reflecting textures from these deep interiors like a series of personal-planetary systems collecting into a large singular solar system, simultaneously pulsating dark matter as lines trace between each, intertwining ideas and spaces through expressive vulnerabilities, personal mysticisms, lush grotesqueness and synthetic polyrhythms of internal tidal systems.”

It is on display at Gallery C3 until Jan. 30.

With Chef Ken Aponte at the helm, Alchemy Restaurant offers a curated selection of vegetarian-focused dishes as well as meat options. The restaurant will host two new events this month: Food + Flix in partnership with the Charlotte Film Society and a monthly Sober Sundays series.

On Sunday, Jan. 16, Alchemy will show Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in its Gathering Common space starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and elevated hot dogs and nachos with an “Alchemy twist” will be available for purchase.

Ticket sales will support the Charlotte Film Society’s Independent Picture House project, which will open in NoDa later this year. The three-screen cinema at 4237 Raleigh St., located in an old industrial building near the Sugar Creek light rail station that’s been dubbed the Trailhead District, will show independent, classic and foreign films and also serve as the home of film festivals and a resource for local filmmakers.

So far, the Charlotte Film Society has raised more than $128,000 from 987 donors for the Independent Picture House project.

The Onyx mocktail will be served on Sober Sundays. (Photo by Kenty Chung)

Then on Jan. 30, Alchemy will kick off a new series called Sober Sundays, an evening featuring the best headlining comedians in Charlotte in a sober space, happening on the last Sunday of every month. Each event will have elevated finger food and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages from Alchemy’s premium coffee bar and crafted mocktails from mixologist Angelica Belo. 

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person. 

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