Australian artist-run initiatives

Australian artist-run initiatives

Australian artist-run initiatives and galleries are found in many places around the country. A few key ones include Firstdraft, MOP (Sydney), KINGS ARI, TCB (Melbourne), Clubs Project inc, West Space, Seventh Gallery, Platform artists group (Melbourne), and Breadbox ARI (Perth). Other important non-gallery artist initiatives include NUCA (Network of UnCollectable Artists), The Invisible Inc., the Artist Funded project, and the Sydney Ladies Artists Club.

Victorian artist-run initiatives

Early examples of artist run initiatives include The Queensbery Street Gallery operated by Melbourne artist Peter Graham in association with Victorian Printmakers' Group between 1973 and 1978.

Artist-run initiatives in Melbourne, Victoria, are promoted by VIA-n, the Victorian Initiatives of Artists Network, a volunteer network that includes more than twenty ARI organisations spread across metropolitan and regional Victoria. In April 2007, VIA-n will be releasing a publication on the history of ARIs in Victoria in conjunction with simultaneous artist-run events across the state.

The Australia Council for the Arts has also produced a comprehensive list of Australian artist-run intitiatives in operation in 2006.


* [ "West Space Editorial"] West Space, 2007.
* [ "Last chance to see"] By Sunanda Creagh, Sydney Morning Herald, January 13 2006.
* [ "Taking the Initiative"] By Angus Hohenboken, "The Program", 10 February 2004.
* [ "Melbourne artist-run spaces: fighting fit"] by Daniel Palmer, "Real Time" 45, October-November 2001.
*Germaine, Max 'Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand' (1979) ISBN

External links

* [ Victorian Initiatives of Artists Network (VIA-n)]
* [ Australia Council for the Arts: Artist Run Initiatives in Australia]
* [ Crawl: Events Listings and news for Artist Run Initiatives in Australia]

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