After more than a decade operating out of a showroom and office in Armadale, Artbank will this year take up residence in a large-scale new, purpose-designed 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 will include a cultural event space for exhibitions, talks, community events and public programs.
“The launch of Artbank’s new Melbourne operation signifies a critical moment in the history of the organisation,” said Artbank Director Tony Stephens. “The expansion will provide increased capacity to service new and existing clients in the region, allowing us to support more artists and in doing so increase the accessibility of Australian visual arts for more Australians. The new space will also allow much greater public interface, so we can better engage with artists and the broader public on 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 will 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 be collaborating 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.”
Construction of the new Artbank Melbourne facility is expected to be completed by late 2017, with a program of official celebrations to launch the hub soon to be announced.
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