Arts Project Australia is the latest arts organisation to join Collingwood Yards, a new arts precinct in Melbourne’s inner north. APA launches its new gallery space with Where the Art Is from Saturday 21 March with a public preview as part of Collingwood Yard’s official launch on Saturday 13 March.
After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, the gallery has moved from its long-term Northcote location, which continues as a studio, to a freshly modelled space to resume its popular exhibition program.
APA’s relocation forms part of Collingwood Yards’ ongoing transformation as a not-for-profit social enterprise providing affordable spaces to artists and independent arts organisations on the former Collingwood Technical School site. Opening in stages over the last year, Collingwood Yard tenants including Bus Projects, West Space and Liquid Architecture neighbour APA’s new gallery home.
“We are thrilled to join Collingwood Yards by opening a dynamic gallery and project space to showcase Arts Project artists alongside their peers,” says APA gallery manager and curator Sim Luttin. “Our ambition in joining such a lively hub is to increase opportunities for our artists, connect with the community, and to become known as the most inclusive contemporary art space in Melbourne.”
The move signals APA’s evolving identity as a high-achieving leader in the art and disability sectors. Through philanthropic support, APA purchased their Northcote building in 2003, which has since facilitated a top-floor studio and a ground-floor gallery. Over Melbourne’s extended lockdowns in 2020, both studio and gallery operated online. Early 2021, the original gallery space transformed into a second studio to allow artists to return in line with social distancing requirements. Innovating in the face of change, the gallery relocated to Collingwood Yards to continue its program and connect with supporters.
“COVID-19 precipitated our gallery move as we continue to safely support our artists,” says executive director Sue Roff. “A new exhibition space in a new creative community will increase opportunities, drive more collaborations and build the profiles of Arts Project artists. All goals we have pursued since our establishment in 1974.”
The inaugural exhibition Where the Art Is ruminates on the year that was, while firmly looking forward to a new future and features artists including Alan Constable, Chris Mason, and Cathy Staughton and will open to visitors from Saturday 20 March until Saturday 1 May.
Visiting hours: Wed-Fri 11 am-6 pm & Sat-Sun 12-4 pm or by appointment
Contact: 0477 211 699 / [email protected]
Address: Level 1, Collingwood Yards, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood