Artbank’s new summer exhibition celebrating Melbourne-based artists through the lens of Artbank’s registration team opens tomorrow at its Collingwood premises.
A Place for Everything gives the public a chance to celebrate Melbourne artists in the Artbank collection while highlighting the importance of collections storage, where everything has a place. The exhibition has been put together by Artbank’s Paul Adair and Lara Dykun, who wanted to showcase works that can’t always be on display in the collection store.
“What’s so unusual about this exhibition is that our registration team – whose role it is to care for the artworks in our collection, looking out for how they are stored, packed, transported and conserved – are playing the role of curator,” said Artbank Director Zoë Rodriguez.
The exhibition includes 21 works from recent acquisitions to longstanding works in mediums including paintings, ceramics, video work and sculptures.
“We wanted to celebrate the strength of artistic practice across Melbourne through a small selection of works in the collection. Relationships often emerge through happenstance when storing works, and it was our aim to try and create similar constellations in an exhibition context,” said Paul Adair, Artbank Collections Officer.
“We have been given a really exciting opportunity to put together an exhibition from the Artbank collection. The show is an assemblage of artworks by artists we admire, artworks we are fond of and artworks we have just met – old and new. We would like to welcome people to Artbank to share the collection and the beautiful space we work in every day,” said Lara Dykun, Artbank Coordinating Registrar.
The Artbank collection comprises more than 10,000 artworks, many of which are kept on the premises, which can be accessed by anyone wanting to lease work.
“Our leasing program democratises access to contemporary Australian art by providing a simple and affordable avenue for businesses and individuals to engage with, and ultimately select, artworks for their homes and office,” said Zoë Rodriguez.
The featured artists include Benjamin Armstrong, Stephen Benwell, Destiny Deacon, Emily Floyd, Elizabeth Gower, Brent Harris, Matt Hinkley, Elizabeth Newman, Rose Nolan, Simone Slee, Charlie Sofo and Nat Thomas. The exhibition will also feature newly acquired works by Michael Georgetti, Adam Stone and Kathy Temin.
The exhibition is free and will be on display from Wednesdays to Fridays, 11am to 4pm until 21 February 2020. The launch is also free but RSVP is essential.
What: Launch of A Place for Everything exhibition
Where: Artbank Melbourne, 18-24 Down Street Collingwood VIC
Date: Thursday 12 December 2019
Time: 6pm to 8pm
RSVP: via Eventbrite, email RSVPs@artbank.gov.au or call 1800 251 651
More information: http://artbank.gov.au/exhibitions/a-place-for-everything/
Established in 1980, Artbank is an Australian Government arts support program. The program aims to increase the sustainability and accessibility of Australian contemporary art; support Australian contemporary artists; and encourage engagement with Australian contemporary art by the broader community. The Artbank collection includes more than 10,000 artworks across a range of mediums including painting, video, photography and sculpture. The artworks can be accessed through Artbank’s unique art leasing program which is available to organisations and individuals.
Photography by Christian Capurro.
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