from their About page:
I V Y paris started life as 5 artists getting together to hold an exhibiton in late 2004 (a painter, sculptor, jewelry designer, photographer and Founder of I V Y paris, Susie Hollands, conceptual artist). Within 2 weeks of deciding we were holding a show we'd found a gallery space, rented it, painted and scrubbed it and sent out a quick email blast to those we'd hoped would come to the vernissage. We split the costs 5 ways to make things affordable. A few finishing touches to the work to be exposed and we were ready. Everyone did something; donated a sound system, brought the wine in a friend's car, painted, mopped, spoke the necessary French........et voila! It was great success. The space was packed on the opening night and first night sales covered over and above the cost of hiring the space. This proves that if you are motivated it's possible to hold an exhibition, even in Central Paris. It doesn't have to be a traditional white-cube type thing either – it can be in someone's home, under one of the bridges of the Seine, in a Park, or parking lot if you like.
I V Y paris at 25 rue Keller gallery, Bastille, Paris
Preparing to open and the last day, First show December 2004, Front foor smashes but makes new installation, December 2004, Concert with Air's Earl Harvin and Scrote March 2005, Group show March 2005
Other shows in Los Angeles and Paris
LE CONCEPT DE I V Y paris
I V Y paris serves as a comprehensive hub for visual arts information and resources in Paris, nurturing our creative community through a series of art exhibitions and events. For those artists or art-curious already living in Paris, just passing through the “moveable feast,” as so many have done before them or dreaming about doing so one day, we hope I V Y paris will be an invaluable point of reference for you.
Painters, photographers, sculptors, conceptual artists, writers, musicians, performers, dancers, video artists, fashion designers - this group is open to everyone who wants to express themselves in some kind of creative fashion in Paris. It does not matter what discipline you are working in, what level you are at, if you have even started creating the work you wish to show - all you have to do is want to do it.
I V Y Paris is empowering emerging artists by providing information and events and helping them support and inspire each other. Meet other artists and designers, find out how to negotiate the Paris arts scene and source under-the-radar events.
A global network for a global city; you can continue to participate if you live abroad or only have limited time in Paris.