Artspace is where audiences meet the artists and the ideas of our times.

For the first time since moving into our current premises at the Gunnery building in 1992, Artspace has undertaken substantial changes to update the spaces in this multi-storey gallery and studio complex.

Artspace was established in 1983 as an artist-run contemporary art space dedicated to the presentation of contemporary and experimental art in a critical context. In this same year, we opened with our first major exhibition A Different Perspective curated by Terence Maloon in conjunction with the Multicultural Artists Agency at our temporary location in Surry Hills. In response to ever-increasing demand for space by artists, Artspace relocated in 1992 to our current location at the Gunnery in Woolloomooloo; a site renowned for its rich history as a former naval facility and then later in the 1970s as an artists’ squat that hosted studios, performances and exhibitions.

Since this time, Artspace has become a recognised site for the production and presentation of visual arts in an expanded field, with an emphasis on the creation of new work. Across our exhibition, studio, symposia, workshop and publishing platforms, Artspace encourages new ideas, risk and experimentation.

Independent, not-for-profit, non-collecting, critically engaged, collaborative and curatorially driven, Artspace is focused on supporting the development and presentation of contemporary art.

Artspace, the Gunnery Building, Sydney, 2015. With Biljana Jancic, pathogen in pink, 2015, site-specific installation, cloth tape, found branches, dimensions variable. Photo: Zan Wimberley


Artspace is well positioned in the East Sydney Precinct along Sydney's arts and cultural ribbon. Skirting the edges of the CBD, Darlinghurst and Potts Point, with the epicentre in the historic former docklands suburb of Woolloomooloo on Sydney Harbour, East Sydney is a vibrant arts precinct that is home to some of Sydney’s major art galleries, museums, commercial and independent galleries, artist run spaces and creative hubs.

Artspace is easily accessible by public transport, or a short 10-minute walk from Kings Cross Station, the Art Gallery of NSW, St James Station and the many popular eateries and cafes of Potts Point.


Gallery Open
Tues-Fri, 11am-5pm & Sat-Sun, 11am - 6pm

Office open
Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm

43 - 51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia

T: +61 2 9356 0555

Admission is free, except for special events. The Artspace galleries and studios are wheelchair accessible.

Getting Here

By Train


Stop at Kings Cross Station. Exit the station via the Victoria Street exit, walk down Victoria Street and down the steps leading onto Cowper Wharf Road.

By Train


Exit St James Station and head east on Prince Albert Road. Continue onto Art Gallery Rd and follow the pathway across the Eastern Distributor footbridge. After ascending the staircase, turn left towards Bourke St. Turn right onto Nicholson St, then left onto Forbes Street to pass through the Forbes Street forecourt. The entrance to Artspace will be to your right on Cowper Wharf Road.

By Bus

Bus route 311 goes past Artspace, stopping just after Harry's Café de Wheels.

By Foot

Artspace is an easy 10-minute walk from the CBD. Walk through the Domain to the Art Gallery of NSW, follow the steps to the left of the front of the Art Gallery leading down onto Cowper Wharf Road.


Limited metered parking is available at the entrance to Artspace on Cowper Wharf Road and at the rear of the building on Bland Street. The publicly accessible Domain Car Park is a short 10 minute walk to Artspace (rates and operating times vary, please see their website)

Water Taxi

Artspace is accessible via private Water Taxi hire. Aussie Water Taxis depart from The Rocks, Circular Quay, The Opera House, Luna Park.


The entrance to Artspace is easily accessible for wheelchairs, prams and buggies due to the ground floor location. There is lift access via Artspace to the first and second floors in the Gunnery Building.



VOLUME 2015 | Another Art Book Fair will be presented from 11–13 September at Artspace, Sydney, in partnership with Perimeter Books (Melbourne) and Printed Matter, Inc. (New York). The first iteration of this biennial fair will have a specific focus on independently produced, artist-led publications and related materials that are responsive, discursive, irreverent, and that function as creative and politically engaged modes of communication.

VOLUME 2015 is the official, not-for-profit offsite event for Sydney Contemporary 2015, the second iteration of which will run concurrently at Carriageworks.

In addition to showcasing over 90 exhibitors across the spectrum of contemporary art book production from zines to antiquarian books, limited editions to photobooks, the weekend-long event will also feature an extensive program of talks, workshops led by artists and publishers, launches, readings, book signings and film screenings. 


Friday 11 September: 5–9pm

Saturday 12 September: 11am – 7pm

Sunday 13 September: 11am–6pm

FREE and open to the public


The Gunnery Building

43–51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo 2011


Friday 11 September: 5–9pm

Followed by afterparty at Firstdraft

‘Specifically Speaking’, curated by David Capra



13–17 Riley St, Woolloomooloo

$5 entry

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Ideas Platform

A new initiative for 2015, visitors are now greeted at the Artspace entrance by our new Ideas Platform. Conceived as a totally adaptive program space consciously situated at the entrance to the organisation, the Ideas Platform serves as a testing ground for experimental, open-­ended and expanded creative practice. It is a space for risk and speculation underpinned by the simple concept that if you have an idea, we have a platform. With a program focused on process as much if not more than outcome, the Ideas Platform will present a spectrum of projects from artists’ books and independent publishing initiatives, to occupations, performances, workshops, screenings, discussions and socially ­engaged and collaborative practices. Artspace acknowledges the generous support of Andrew Cameron AM and Cathy Cameron for the establishment of the Ideas Platform.


Exhibition dates | 19–28 August

Exhibition opening and artist talk in conversation with Dr Kit Messham-Muir | Wednesday 19 August, 6–8pm

I want to tell you about the reality of the Indigenous villages, now following the letter of the 104 legislative decrees given by the government. They have caused collisions, or injuries, or have been harmful to the Amazon and the Indigenous territories. Why? Because they strip us from our ancestral territories. To the Indigenous villagers, they have said that we are “antisistemas”. We’re not that. We want growth, but from our perspective. We want them to fulfil the 169 Agreement, which states that they need to consult with us and these consultations have not been done.

What has happened to you friend?
 One of my brothers, one of the Indigenous people, the national police have hurt him.
On the bridge, it has happened on the bridge. General, has it happened on the bridge?
I have no communication with the bridge.
I hear there are bullets.
Look how the police abuse!
They have shot bullets! To provoke us!
We are not trying to provoke, but just like always they are violent!

Interview with Alberto Pizango Chota, President of the Interethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Jungle, and dialogue between demonstrators and armed forces near the Corral Quemado Bridge, from ‘Protests in Peru’,
by Amazon Watch, 2009
Translation by Valeria Duque

Titled brings together previous work with new site-specific pieces produced while in residence at Artspace. Collectively they engage systems of distribution and circulation, as well as the material and discursive implications of ownership — be it of land or property, of objects, or of our own image.

Anthea Behm received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BFA (First Class Honours) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Behm’s work has been exhibited and screened at Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; The Dedalus Foundation, New York; Smack Mellon, New York; NADA, Miami Beach; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; and the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. Upcoming is a group exhibition at the Kadist Foundation, San Francisco (curated by Hamza Walker), as well as a solo exhibition at Minerva, Sydney. Behm has participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, the Core Program, Museum of Fine Art Houston, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her writing has been published in Feminism Reframed: Reflections on Art and Difference, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and she is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida.

Video still from YouTube video ‘Protests in Peru’, Amazon Watch, 2009.


Beginning in February 2015 Artspace relaunched the non-residential studio program as free for artists. This new initiative acknowledges both the necessity for a studio program in Sydney that offers free space for artists, and the capacity to further support artists by leveraging important professional development opportunities through curatorial advocacy. This program lays the foundations for a more dynamic relationship between artists and Artspace programs and networks. Over six years, Artspace will engage 42 artists across different generations and art forms to undertake one-year residencies. This initiative places access, generosity and experimentation at the core of Artspace’s programming and operational activities. With its focus on curatorial advocacy, Artspace connects artists and audiences with vital national and international discourses. The inaugural One Year Studio Artists for 2015 include: Khadim Ali, Hany Armanious, Kelly Doley, Nick Dorey, Mikala Dwyer, Clare Milledge and Tim Silver.

Also launching this year, the International Visitors program, presented in partnership with UNSW | Art & Design, connects Australian artists with international networks to provide a critical context and space for the creation of new work.

Artspace also runs a residential studio program for visiting national and international artists through a number of partnerships. 2015 Residential Studio Artists include: Michelle Ussher (UK, AUS), Eve Fowler (USA), Kristin Nelson (Canada), Casey Legler (USA), Barbara Knezevic (UK, AUS), Guo Jian (CHN, AUS), Jess Johnson (AUS) and Anthea Behm (USA, AUS).

February to December 2015

One Year Studio Artist
Khadim Ali


February to December 2015

One Year Studio Artist
Hany Armanious


February to December 2015

One Year Studio Artist
Kelly Doley


February to December 2015

One Year Studio Artist
Nick Dorey


February to December 2015

One Year Studio Artist
Mikala Dwyer


February to December 2015

One Year Studio Artist
Clare Milledge


February to December 2015

One Year Studio Artist
Tim Silver


March to April 2015

Residential Studio Artist
Eve Fowler


February to April 2015

Residential Studio Artist
Kristin Nelson


January to April 2015

Residential Studio Artist
Michelle Ussher


April to June 2015

Residential Studio Artist
Guo Jian


May to July 2015

Residential Studio Artist
Anthea Behm


June to August 2015

Residential Studio Artist
Hae-Young Seo


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