AIR Gallery opened as an extension of the Artist Information Registry. The idea was that it should give a further platform for artists’ work. Each exhibition was selected by a panel of three AIR artists and an invited outsider.
The first show included Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Nat Gooden, James Griffin, Harvey Hood, Michael Kenny, Stuart Mealing, Richard Rome, Kerry Trengrove, Shelagh Wakeley and Rhonda and David Whitehead – the outside selector was Guardian critic Caroline Tisdall. “Perhaps for the first time in Britain we are going to have an efficiently run non-commercial gallery managed by an artists’ co-operative.” (ref: Time Out review).
Evening Standard, Aug 26, 1976 exhibition listing: The Air Gallery – four young painters, Stephen Carter, William Henderson, Jim Latter and Maralyn Weber.
Lloyd Gibson – a Sunderland Art Gallery Touring Exhibition. Chris Mansell, Prints, 18-30 April 1977. Changing Nature, Doug Cocker, John Harper, Peter Ellis, 1-18 Feb 1978. Exhibition of Patchwork Pictures from Chile, 15 Mar – 1 April 1978, a Third Eye Centre Glasgow-AIR Gallery Exhibition. William Johnstone Recent Work, 6-27 April 1978. Dick Whall, l’appareil pédagogique avec ses apanages or the enigma machine together with its ‘bombs’ 1969-78, 5-26 May 1978. Jim Allen, Roger Barnard, David Buckland, Brian Catling, Doug Cocker, John Davidson, Barbara Delaney, Paul Eachus, Peter Ellis, John Harper, Michael Heindorff, Bill Henderson, Gill Ingham, Gerry Keon, Sharon Kivland, Nick Lloyd, Tim Maria, Peter Miller, David Nash, Paul Neagu, Hugh O’Donnell, Ken Oliver, Chris Plowman, Frances Quesnel, Howard Rogers, Paul Rumsey, Richard Rush, Bruce Russell, Jurgen Shadeberg, Keir Smith, Brian Thompson, Silvie Turner, Victor Willing, 6-16 Dec 1978.
IN THE AIR, Paul Green and Chris Marshall; Take an Empty Gallery, Add two artists and basic ingredients, 3-24 Aug Open to visitors – comments, questions, ideas and some assistance. Building work and labour was funded by Alastair McAlpine.