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, 12-4pm

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.


An Imprecise Science
Exhibition Dates 29 March - 24 May 2015
Opening and Art Month Closing | Sunday 29 March 2015
3 – 6pm

Walead Beshty (UK/USA), Nina Canell (Sweden/Germany), Natalya Hughes (Australia), Biljana Jancic (Australia), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland) with The National (USA), Alicja Kwade (Poland/Germany), Bridie Lunney (Australia), Rob McLeish (Australia/USA), Kate Newby (New Zealand/USA), Isabel Nolan (Ireland), Shinro Ohtake (Japan), Daniel von Sturmer (New Zealand/Australia), Ideas Platform | Eve Fowler (USA)

Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor with Talia Linz

An Imprecise Science explores how with idiosyncratic intent we each determine our own processes for embodying experience or tracking life lived. Inscription of space, time and materiality, through word, gesture or abandonment of power structures creates the potential for parallel narratives to ferment and for impermanence to take precedence over authority. An Imprecise Science underscores the ways that matter becomes immaterial; bodies and forms embrace ethereality, defying gravity and rebelling against the limitations of flesh or material. Acts of precarious balance, both human and inanimate, sit alongside deconstructive play and challenges to the constitution of substance and subject. A central tenet of An Imprecise Science is that of endurance, with works that look at the transformative potential of prolonged action. The exhibition proposes that any approach is an imperfect act, experiment or speculation. Here frailty and collapse commingle with resilience and forms of material, physical and psychic ascendance.

Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, A Lot of Sorrow, MoMA PS1 (as part
of Sunday Sessions organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer and Alex Sloane, VW Fellow), © Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, images courtesy of the artists; Luhring Augustine, New York; and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik. Photo: Elisabet Davidsdottir

The 13 Australian and international artists presenting work in An Imprecise Science represent a cross-generational collective, none of whom have previously shown work at Artspace. Working across installation, video, performance, sculpture, painting, sound and word, An Imprecise Science will contaminate the Gunnery building to inhabit the various spaces through which visitors pass. As artworks congeal and seep into the crevices of the building’s architecture and our mind’s eye, the aim is to prompt a reawakening of a familiar space that is at once both public and highly personal. Indeed in this assembly of approaches, boundaries between works are blurred, veiled and obscured; ordinary materials are rendered sensual while the edifices of the body and the building are debased.

T.S. Eliot wrote: ‘What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning.’ The end is where we start from... An Imprecise Science takes pride of place as Artspace’s first exhibition for 2015.

An Imprecise Science is generously supported by Holdsworth House Medical Practice

Isabel Nolan, Spare Rug for Marie Lieb’s room, Heidelberg Psychiatric Hospital, 1894 (a.k.a. Circumstances shape an emptiness), 2012, mild steel, with Thoughtless, 2012, polystyrene, plaster bandage, jesmonite and paint, 60 x 60 x 60 cm, courtesy of the artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

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.

Michelle Ussher

The Mind goes out to Meet itself

Exhibition Dates | 16 - 31 May 2015

Opening | Saturday 16 May 2015

Artist floor talk 2pm, followed by opening drinks

An installation of new work by Michelle Ussher made at Artspace during her three month residency

Ussher's recent work concerns the symbolic connection between woman and water. With painting, drawing, sculpture and sound, the artist imagines the reality and absurdity of what it might be like to sustain an intimate relationship if one was made of fluid.

After watching Jonathan Glazer's film Under The Skin, starring Scarlet Johansson, Ussher related the narrative to the medieval English myth of Viviane,The Lady of the Lake, who seduced and entombed the wizard Merlin. Intrigued by the varied representation of female protagonists embodying fluid who manipulate men, Ussher drew from an online repository of Johansson’s head photoshopped onto pornographic actors posing with water for her new work.

The Mind goes out to Meet itself is underscored by the work of composer and collaborator Huw Hallam, which combined field recordings – waves, water lapping, the sound of urine hitting a porcelain bowl – with operatic vocals by the female soprano Frederica Cunningham. Hallam's composition is based on a libretto written by Ussher, which was in turn written in response to the 1969 novel Passages by British novelist Ann Quin.

Michelle Ussher
Watery Tart (Blue Nude)
oil on linen
117.0 x 86.8 cm


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. Current Residential Studio Artists include: Michelle Ussher (VIC), Eve Fowler (USA) and Kristin Nelson (Canada).

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



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