For the first time in our organisation’s history, Artspace, in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW), is presenting 3 national touring exhibitions concurrently. These major commissions include Angelica Mesiti’s Relay League, 2017; Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg’s Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015, 2016; and Justene Williams’ The Curtain Breathed Deeply, 2014.
Artspace’s partnership with M&G NSW began in 2008, and grew with the 7-venue, 3-year tour of Richard Bell’s Imagining Victory, 2014. By 2019 we will have supported the presentation of 5 major exhibitions by internationally renowned Australian artists to 40 galleries and art centres across Western Sydney, regional NSW and Australia, presenting over 50 exhibitions to an audience of over 300,000 people nationwide.
M&G NSW CEO Michael Rolfe acknowledges the importance of touring work to the arts ecologies of Western Sydney and regional NSW:
“Artspace and M&G NSW have worked together for over eight years to ensure that audiences across Australia have access to the work of our nation’s most significant artists. Indeed, many of these artists originate from regional NSW and Western Sydney, and it is important to acknowledge and amplify the role of touring in the exchange of artistic dialogue between NSW and the rest of Australia.”
Artspace Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor affirms that all audiences should have access to Artspace exhibitions:
“The key to being a truly national organisation is recognising the importance of audiences outside of metropolitan Sydney; in 2016 alone, visitors to our touring exhibitions exceeded 50,000. Thanks to our touring partnerships, this month you can experience Artspace exhibitions in Woolloomooloo, Wanneroo, Griffith and Newcastle; and Casula, Ipswich, Brisbane and Melbourne by the end of 2017.”
Artspace touring exhibitions you can see now:
Relay League at The Lock-Up Newcastle, NSW until 17 September
Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 at Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, WA until 26 August
The Curtain Breathed Deeply at Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW until 17 September