Officially opened by Minister for Communications and the Arts, Mitch Fifield on 23 March 2018, after more than a decade operating out of a showroom and office in Armadale, Artbank has officially taken up residence in a new large-scale, purpose-designed converted warehouse space in Down St, Collingwood. In a move that reflects the organisation’s increasing relevance and audience reach, Artbank’s new inner-city facilities include a cultural event space for exhibitions, talks, community events and public programs as well as extensive art storage facilities, office spaces and an artist studio.
“The launch of Artbank’s new Melbourne operation signifies a critical moment in the history of the organisation,” said Artbank Director Tony Stephens. “This expansion provides increased capacity to service new and existing clients in the region and allows greater support for artists while increasing the accessibility of Australian visual art for more Australians. This new space allows for an enhanced public interface so we can better engage artists with a broader public and open a conversation around Australian contemporary art”.
The move to the expanded new Melbourne premises is the latest in a period of significant change for Artbank, with the
launch of new premises in Sydney’s Waterloo in 2014, accompanied by a popular program of exhibitions, fellowships, partnerships and events.
“The new Collingwood facility is to be bold, collaborative and open. A centre for the contemporary arts and the diverse community who support it” he said.
Says Edition Office Creative Director Aaron Roberts:
“The team at Edition Office are incredibly excited to have collaborated with Artbank on the design of their new Melbourne facility. The new space will encourage deeper public engagement and interaction with the Artbank collection; aiming to further promote and curate a firsthand experience of outstanding Australian Art amongst the public. At the heart of the project is an interior space between the various programs, a hybrid ‘third space’, harnessing exhibitions, and opportunities for events which can be every day, unique and uncanny, promoting multiple uses of this interior realm by the general public.”
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Images: Di Snape and Ben Hosking