Making Space for artist-run initiatives in Victoria
Melbourne is home to a network of artist-run spaces and initiatives (ARIs), presenting a rich program of exhibitions and art events all year round. In celebration of this, a new art event called Making Space will take place throughout May and June featuring the works of over 80 independent artists through 21 artist-run spaces and 50 exhibitions across a number of intriguing art spaces across the city.
A 272-page book, Making Space, exploring the culture and history of ARIs in Australia, and celebrating some of the key spaces will be launched to coincide with this event.
More than any other city in Australia, Melbourne is characterised by young, entrepreneurial artists and groups who initiate galleries and events to promote their own and fellow artists’ work.
ARIs participating in Making Space include 24seven - a 10m by 3m street-fronted window display on Flinders Street in the CBD which encourages socially challenging work and Blindside, located on the light-filled seventh floor of the Nicholas Building, supporting contemporary art practice and encouraging critical discussion among artists.
Hidden Secrets Tours has designed a special Making Space Walk running from 20 April – 15 June. The late afternoon walks will take in many of the ARIs initiatives on show, with opportunities to chat with some of the curators, and concludes with a glass of wine to continue sharing inspiration. Participants also receive a goodie bag, event specific documentation, maps and special offers. Tours run on Thursday and Friday afternoons from 4pm – 6pm and cost $40 per person. For information and bookings call 03 9329 9665 or visit www.hiddensecretstours.com