Living artists are at the core of Artspace’s existence. Artspace understands the contribution that artists make to a fully functioning civil society. Artists challenge, question and experiment. They unpick assumptions and stereotypes, and offer new, unpredictable and speculative visions of the world we live in. Through our multi-faceted approach to programming, Artspace fosters artists to develop new artworks, projects and dialogues. Artspace invests in artists beyond the confines of the exhibition cycle. Taking a long-term view, Artspace supports artists in developing sustainable careers. Since our inception, we have supported more than 5,000 artists and fostered a community of leading practitioners who continue to exhibit in national and international contexts.
Artspace launched the Future Fund for Living Artists in 2015 as the cornerstone of its fundraising strategy for large-scale donations. This signalled a decisive shift from the previous user-pay system by connecting a new generation of benefactors with high-level artistic engagement through our studio program. The aim of this is to develop long-term partnerships to support our programming objectives. Through these strategic partnerships we can better support artists and engage audiences.
Club Ate is a collective formed in 2014 by multi-form artists Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra. Their practice traverses video, performance and club events with an emphasis on community activation. Collaborating with members of the queer Asia Pacific diaspora in Australia and the Philippines, the collective are invested in creating their own Future Folklore.
Lauren Brincat is an artist who works across diverse media from video and performance to sculpture and installation. By distancing us from a logical, direct, language-based understanding, her work opens the door to multiple perspectives and interpretations.
Chris Dolman uses the formalist tropes of modernism with incongruent and self-deprecating humour. Moving across painting, printmaking, ceramics and video, and drawing on influences of art history, cartoons and comic strips, Dolman employs nontraditional self-portraiture, still life and interior motifs to present absurd psychological narratives.
Abdullah M. I. Syed is a Pakistani-born contemporary artist living and working between Sydney, Karachi and New York. He utilises a variety of mediums and techniques including drawing, sculpture, video installations, performance and texts to examine economies, structures, and performances of power in their myriad forms.
Salote Tawale was born in Suva, Fiji Islands and grew up in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. The inherent conflict of being from a mixed heritage (Fiji and Australia), that simultaneously includes and excludes Tawale from a dominant post-colonial Australia, is a significant consideration in her arts practice.
Jelena Telecki is interested in representation in painting and sculpture. Installation plays an important part in creating a dialogue between painting and sculpture and is used as a means of articulating her sense of personal and shared narratives, internal and the external.