The Artbank Roadshow

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The Artbank Roadshow is a national initiative that seeks to provide opportunities for unrepresented artists to be seen and potentially acquired for the Artbank Collection. Artbank recognises that there are finite opportunities for artists to be represented by a commercial dealer. Accordingly, The Artbank Roadshow ensures democracy of access for professional, practising Australian artists who otherwise would have limited opportunities for their work to be seen in this context as they do not currently have a commercial dealer/gallery.

The Artbank collection is dynamic, representing and promoting contemporary art from Australia, rather than a ‘museum’ collection. Balancing broad representation, excellence, new and emerging art practice and rentability are key factors when considering artworks for acquisition. The selection criteria that all artworks must meet to qualify for purchase are:

1.1 Be produced by a living Australian artist:

 a) To be classified as Australian artist, the artist must be either:

 i. born in Australia;
 ii. an Australian citizen;
 iii. in Australia as an approved temporary resident for a minimum of two years, and/or
 iv. a permanent resident of Australia.

 b) The artist may be living in Australia or overseas as long as at least one of the above stated criteria are demonstrable.
 c) Where the artwork is produced by an artist collective or collaboration, no less than fifty percent of the contributors must meet the criteria 1.1.a).

1.2 represent outstanding artistic achievement within the artist’s practice.

1.3 represent a high standard of artistic achievement within contemporary Australian art practice

1.4 be purchased on the primary market.

1.5 be appropriate for potential rental through the art leasing scheme, including:

 a) being appropriate for display in public spaces.
 b) being in intrinsically sound condition and reasonably resistant to deterioration in the routine operations of Artbank including display, packing and transportation.

1.6 For work produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, consideration must be given to ensuring appropriate professional and ethical practices in the industry are supported, taking into account relevant government policies and best practice principles for the purchase of Indigenous art.

The Artbank Roadshow tour schedule is as follows:

  • Hobart 10 June 2016 – applications closed

  • Cairns 13 July 2016 – applications closed

  • Brisbane 20 July 2016 – applications closed

  • Darwin 4 August 2016 – applications closed

  • Alice Springs 8 September 2016 – applications closed

  • Sydney 12 & 13 October 2016 – applications closed

  • Newcastle 10 November 2016 -applications closed

          • Adelaide 7 March 2017 – applications closed

  • Melbourne 27-28 March 2017 – applications closed

  • Kandos – Cementa (NSW) 7 April 2017 – applications closed

  • Perth 4 May 2017 – applications closed

  • Canberra 26 May 2017 – applications closed

More information

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