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.
Eugene Choi is a performance-based artist whose practice has evolved around the physicality of constructing internal and external structures working across sculpture, performance, installation, video and text.
Using hand-built ceramic totems and figures, painting, drawing and most recently costume, Cybele Cox's practice explores ancient feminine symbols and occult mysticism as art of a larger enquiry into representations of women in the western art canon.
Heath Franco’s practice largely takes the form of video, although his process of production and exhibition is also concerned with photography, performance, costume, sound, digital media and installation. His works in turn attract and repulse through a mix of curious aesthetic, catchy jingles and absurd, at times grotesque, performances.
Matthew Griffin engages a wide range of media including sculpture, photography, video, installation and collage. Recurring themes in his works include: the body as an object in relation to other objects; the makeshift and impermanent as sculptural qualities; the contemporary ubiquity of cameras and the resulting difficulty of producing meaningful images in the post-internet age.
Famous for his bold, anarchistic approach, David Griggs’s unique blend of portraiture, political imagery and vernacular motifs explore the darker side of the human condition. Griggs has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and Southeast Asia, most recently a major survey exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre that will tour nationally throughout 2018/19
Elizabeth Pulie’s practice is a response to her research into contemporary art’s ontology and a sense of the feminine as a potentially critical concern. Her work encompasses material forms such as painting, weaving, political banners, collage and embroidery.
Snack Syndicate (Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks) is a critical art collective that produces installations, video and sound work, texts and talks. They have exhibited/presented at Artspace, the MCA, the TarraWarra Biennial, the Biennale of Sydney, Liquid Architecture, Alaska Projects and the NOW now.