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Artspace Sydney Visual Arts Centre

Address: 43-51 Cowper Wharf Rd Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Phone: 02 9356 0555
Email: artspace@artspace.org.au

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Artspace Visual Arts Centre is a premier international residency-based contemporary art center, located in the Gunnery Building in Woolloomooloo just in front of Sydney Harbour.

Artspace is dedicated to the formation of fresh ideas and procedures in contemporary art and culture. Every year, the establishment displays twelve to fifteen gallery-based art shows and touring and off-site programs as well; they also host more than thirty artist residencies, some of these are the result of key national and international collaborations; they run a regular open studio program; starts a range of public program and education activities which includes symposia, lectures, conferences, artist discussions; last but not least, they publish Column, an Artspace periodical and a cultural theory book and artist monograph as well.

Artspace first opened their doors in 1983. Initially, they are located in Surry Hills. Since that time, Artspace has offered support for critical and experimental practices across different media types and cultures. After nine years, Artspace moved to its current location at the Gunnery Building in Woolloomooloo. After a few years, Artspace launched a local and international residency program, which became the organizations main focus in the beginning of 2007. Since 1993, Artspace has become the regular venue for the Biennale of Sydney. From the time that they opened a huge number of the major figures of Australian and international contemporary art have created and presented big projects through Artspace, which remains to provide one of the most considerable platforms for contemporary graphic art and related mediums in Australia and the nearby areas.

Artspace Visual Arts Centre is a leading international residency-based contemporary art centre, housed in the historic Gunnery Building in Woolloomooloo fronting Sydney Harbour. Artspace is committed to the development of new ideas and practices in contemporary art and culture. Artspace prioritises the ideas and practices of artists and fosters the development of challenging new installation-based work, including projects in video, performance, sound, interactive and other forms of developing technologies. Through public program, education and publication activities Artspace explores critical contexts for contemporary art and encourages examination of the diverse social, political and visual processes that shape Australian culture within both regional and global frameworks. Through an extensive range of partnerships with peer organisations across Australia and around the world Artspace acts as a key generator of meaningful exchange between Australian artists and their overseas peers. Each year Artspace presents around twenty gallery projects; hosts over fifty artist residencies; initiates a range of public program and education activities; and publishes Column, a regular Artspace periodical as well as cultural theory books and artist monographs.


Artspace opened the gallery doors of its first premises in Surry Hills in 1983. From that moment on Artspace has supported critical and experimental practices across media. It has been a forerunner in supporting emerging artists and practices, women artists, cross-cultural practices and contemporary Indigenous art and has advocated for improved standards of professional recognition for contemporary artists. Artspace moved to its present location at the Gunnery Building in Woolloomooloo in 1992. A few years later Artspace initiated a local and international residency program, significantly expanded at the beginning of 2007. In 1996 Artspace became a regular venue for the Biennale of Sydney. Since 1983 many of the major figures of Australian and international contemporary art have developed and presented major projects with Artspace, which continue to provide one of the most substantial platforms for contemporary visual art and related practices in Australia and the region.

Artspace Directors 1983-2010: Judy Annear, Gary Sangster, Sally Couacaud, Louise Pether, Nicholas Tsoutas, Blair French.

Artspace Chairs 1983-2010: Jim Allen, Lisa Anderson, Louise Dauth, Dian Lloyd, Michael Dolk, Jill Scott, Richard Dunn, Merilyn Fairskye, Frances Jospeh, Su Baker, Brad Buckley, Nicholas Tsoutas, Nick Waterlow, Anne Zahalka, Anne Graham, Richard Perram, John Potts, Suzanne Currie.

Artspace is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments, and is assisted by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Artspace is a member of CAOs, the Australian Contemporary Arts Organisations network, and Res Artis, the International Association of Residential Art Centres.

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