In Gallery with Project [504]


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1) Where did the idea of starting a gallery come from?

The idea was initially conceived by Lane Cove Council. They have an extensive arts program, in negotiations with developers and property companies and are always pushing the idea of community use of underused office/retail space. It’s a win-win scenario where everyone benefits, tenants and the local community get access to the arts and culture, whereas artists get an arts space that is outside the commercial gallery scene. Enabling them to showcase more experimental and non-commercial but at the same time they can have a traditional show.  The space is available for themed group shows, solo exhibitions that we see as different and interesting.
Proposals are always welcome! Email us here.

2) What kind of artists do you want showing in your gallery? Is there a general skill level or style that you look for?

Our vision is to showcase awe-inspiring work, that will leave the viewer touched and inspired, whether it be master pieces by established well-known artists, Archibald portraits by top end Australian artists,  intriguing installations, or skilfully crafted works by emerging, promising new talents. The works we would like to show should be exceptional, have an edge, cause discussion, provoke, make you think, exhibiting technical excellence in their craft and have contemporary relevance.

3) What is the best way to approach your gallery?

We encourage applications via our website www.project504.com.au
You can view the gallery during opening hours Mo-Fri 11-5pm.

Project 504 Floor Plan

4) What is your galleries philosophy?

Fostering excellence in art.

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5) What is different about project[504]?

Our biggest point of difference is that we combine the best of a non-for-profit ARI with features and services of a commercial gallery. A lot of ARI’s are hidden away warehouses in back streets of suburbia that rely solely on word of mouth traffic. Project [504] is a spacious 450 square-metre New York loft style showroom, with 4 metre high ceilings and large shop front windows facing busy Pacific Highway, surrounded by interior design and furniture stores, servicing the busy St Leonards business district.
We have all the freedoms of a non-profit organisation to put on impactful, edgy, non-commercial events and exhibitions, while at the same time providing emerging and established artists with a highly professional service, very similar to what they would expect on the commercial gallery scene. You can be sure that when you walk into either of the Project 504 galleries, you will be seeing a carefully chosen and expertly curated exhibition.

We are also a living, breathing gallery with onsite studio spaces where art happens in real time. The studios bring together a group of talented, passionate people that use their networks to promote the project and share their knowledge fostering new talent. The space is run by some well established artists who already are represented by other commercial galleries, so there is a lot of knowledge and expertise available from us. All resident artists engage in the Australian artistic community as career artists.

6) It is a hard market out there, how are you finding it?

Considering we’ve only been around for a short while, we received an avalanche of exhibition proposals. We’ve had lots of positive feedback both from local businesses as well as the arts community, with many artists popping in to say hello, welcoming us to the area. We’ve also had some fabulous turnouts at exhibition openings, with several hundreds of people attending the launch and we have growing numbers at sketch clubs and events. It may be a difficult market but as a brand new gallery, we feel confident of making a strong impact in non-commercial ways, using our innovation, expertise and networks to make our exhibitions a financial success for our artists.
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7) Tell us about your gallery team?

The founder: Kathrin Longhurst, she ran an artist collective on the Northern Beaches, operated an art gallery near Manly for 3 years, later becoming the Vice President for Portrait Artists Australia and is now represented by Art Equity in Sydney, where she had several sell out solo shows.

Our Gallery Director: Vanessa Callum, runs a successful PR business and operates out of our North Sydney Gallery on Berry Street. She oversees contracts, events, PR, printing, advertising, bookkeeping and the day-to-day running of Project[504].

Gallery Manager: Lucy West-Sooby, oil painter extraordinaire and 2014 winner of the prestigious Brett Whiteley scholarship at the Julian Ashton Art School. She manages the operation of the St. Leonard’s gallery, handling inquiries and getting exhibitions off the ground. She is the friendly first point of contact for artists interested in hiring the space for exhibitions, events and workshops, or simply wanting to know more about Project [504].

Our front-of-House: Krista Brennan, Illustrator and art teacher is with us on a part-time basis as front of house.

PR/Marketing: Mark Rowden, National Art School graduate and established artist/print-maker Mark brings a wealth of knowledge in PR and marketing through his widespread network of artists and art enthusiasts.

Gallery Curator: Marcus Callum, three times Archibald finalist is heading our curatorial team working closely with exhibiting artists and selecting the most exciting works for shows at our gallery space.

8) Have you any advice when choosing a gallery to show in?

Finding the right match is not always easy. Sometimes trial and error is the way to go. Artist run spaces are a great way to test the market with a new body of work or if you have no contractual ties to a commercial gallery. It also allows you to showcase your work and invite commercial galleries to see it in a professional setting if your long term goal is to find permanent gallery representation.

9) There are plenty of ARI (Artist run initiatives) out there, What are your thoughts on these spaces within the market?

ARIs are a really important part of the art world, they lie somewhere between commercial galleries and public/regional galleries. The often give collectors access to new talents early in their careers, they allow the artists to learn new skills and get familiar with the exhibition process and different aspects of marketing and selling their work in a communal environment. The instant feedback on work can also make a difference to an artist’s development.

10) Melbourne vs Sydney how do you see the arts and the major differences?

A lot of people tell us that Sydney is a better market for selling art. The Melbourne art market tends to be more conservative and take longer to adopt a new artist. We’ve had several exhibition proposals from Melbourne artists to exhibit here, so it looks like people are quite excited about being shown in Sydney.

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11) Social media is everywhere, do you use it and does it help the gallery?

Yes, we use social media to keep our fans informed about upcoming shows, workshops, events and what’s new in the gallery. We like to showcase new works that arrived and which artworks we particular find interesting.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/followproject504
website: www.project504.com.au

12) What art do you have on your wall at home and your office?

Being an artist, the best way to build my own collection is to trade work with other artists I like. So most of the pieces that are hanging on my wall are works by my artist friends and a few smaller pieces I have purchased at exhibitions.

13) Where can we find out more about your gallery?

Online at www.project504.com.au, through a visit to one of our galleries at 65 Berry St North Sydney or 504 Pacific Hwy St Leonards or call the gallery on 0450 468 387

To Book a show or get some more information email here.

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14) What shows are coming up over the next couple of months?

Next up at the gallery is a show by acclaimed photographer David Charles Collin of his Black and white photographs called “Silver Narcissus”. Then we have a 3 man show of paintings, drawings and sculpture called “Quick Shot” by Leonie Robison, Paul Hattaway and Adrienne Watson and after that a two man show with paintings and sculpture called “Nebulae and Elementals” by Archibald finalist Guy Morgan and sculptor Lee Blattman. For more information visit our website.

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ARCHIBALD WINNER


Each year a mass of press and cameras head to the Art Gallery of NSW to hear the all important announcement who is the winner of this year’s Archibald!

Today we have just heard that Nigel Milsom has won the 2015 Archibald Prize with the painting ‘Judo house pt 6 (the white bird)’


The Sir John Sulman Prize goes to Jason Phu with the work ‘I was at yum cha when in rolled the three severed heads of Buddha: Fear, Malice and Death’

The Wynne Prize goes to Natasha Bieniek with the work ‘Biophilia’

The winner of the Pring Prize 2015 is Viola Dominello with ‘On the river’

The Winner of the Trustees’ Watercolour Prize 2015 is Max Miller with the work ‘The world of dew is only the world of dew and yet…oh…and yet…’ Kobayashi Issa (1763–1828)

Here is a link to the previous winners https://instagram.com/p/5MNCb2uYKR

ARTIST CALL OUTS


To see more art openings click here to see the weekly listing

Warringah Art Prize

Prize Pool More Than Doubled as Exhibition Moves to Warringah Creative Space
Artists are the winners as Warringah Council relaunches the Warringah Art Exhibition as the Warringah Art Prize – more than doubling the prize pool to $22,000.
‘Residents have told us how important self-expression and creativity is to our community, so we’ve doubled our commitment to this important art event,’ said Warringah Mayor Michael Regan.
‘In addition to more than doubling the prize money, we’re holding the event over two exhibitions, both at our own Warringah Creative Space. For the first time the very popular Youth and Waste to Art finalists will be displayed in their own exhibition, separate to the General finalists.’

The extra prize money has come thanks to Council staff finding efficiencies in the event, which has been running for more than 60 years.
The General category is open to artists 18 and above. The Youth category has been split into two groups 12 – 16 years and 17 – 21 years.
Two dimensional original paintings, drawings, printmaking, collage and photography can be entered in the General or Youth categories.
The Waste to Art category is open to everyone over 12 years and can also include sculpture, clothing, collage and jewellery, but it must be made from reused or recycled materials.
Registrations close Sunday 12 July 2015. For registration form and conditions of entry, visit: warringah.nsw.gov.au/play/arts-and-culture/warringah-art-prize

Warringah Art Prize
Waste to Art and Youth Exhibition:  13 – 23 August
General Exhibition:  28 August – 6 September
Hours:
Sat-Wed 10am-4pm
Thu-Fri 10am-6pm
Warringah Creative Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl

 

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BEAMS Arts Festival is flash of light in the night; the collective sparks of creative ideas combining in one great surge of light, sound, colour and movement.

It is FREE to submit to BEAMS Art Festival 2015.

BEAMS Arts Festival facilitates collaborative projects between ideas people – creatives, makers, artists, performers, businesses, creative industries and the vibrant community of Chippendale. It is a golden opportunity for networking and future collaboration in the creative heart of Sydney.

The submissions deadline is fast approaching, so get your idea in for BEAMS 2015 – click here

 

Linden Postcard Show 2015

19 September – 21 November 2015
Opening night Friday 18 September 4-8pm

Artist Submissions Now Open
All works strictly 8” x 10”
Over $10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs
Terms and conditions now available
entries close midnight Monday 17 August 2015

http://www.lindenpostcardshow.com.au/

 

 DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS 5pm JULY 13th.
Front Window Project is a new space committed to presenting interesting and innovative work by professional practitioners.  Our annual program will incorporate curated, solo and collaborative projects across a broad range of media.Proposed works need to be appropriate for a publicly viewable window.
Our small curatorial team is currently accepting proposals for the rest of 2015 and early 2016.  Proposals should include the following:

1. your name, address, email, phone number
2. a paragraph or two about your work in general
3. a description (one page or less) of the work you intent to exhibition and the ideas that underpin the work
4. no more than 10 low resolution images (each image must be smaller than 1MB)
5. your CV

please zip all of these and email to thewindow@frontwindow.com.au
download the floor plan here front window floorplan

There is no exhibition fee charged for exhibiting in the Front Window.
Exhibitions may run for a period of 2 weeks to 4 weeks depending on the calendar.

Paddington Art Prize

A $25,000 National acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape
Applications close Saturday the 19th of September

Finalists announced Friday the 25th of September

Exhibition of National Finalists Opening Night and Presentation
Thursday 22nd October, 6 – 8 pm

111 – 113 Queen Street Woollahra, NSW 2025. Entrance via Dorhauer Lane
All paintings are available for sale. Please contact Marlene Antico on (02) 9362 0282 for all enquiries info@paddingtonartprize.com.au

http://www.paddingtonartprize.com.au/entry

 

KEISAN is a brand new art gallery space that will open on 7 August 2015.

Taking Artists’ Submissions

Located at the heart of Sydney CBD, with high accessibility to transport, The Menzies hotel attracts a large amount of tourist clientele, who are interested in what Sydney’s creative outlets and local art scenes have to offer.

Initially established as Sydney’s first Japanese sushi restaurant in 1972, KEISAN was one of the cities’ most popular dining destinations.

Newly repurposed, Keisan is now re-opening its doors as an art gallery space with classic Japanese decor.

+61 2 92991000

KEISAN Launch Night Exhibition 7 August 2015

 

 

ARTIST CALL OUTS: Jobs, exhibitions and prizes


 

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2015 MOSMAN ART PRIZE – Exhibition 25 July – 30 August

Registration is now open for the 2015 Mosman Art Prize.
Artists across Australia are invited to submit works for the 68th Mosman Art Prize exhibition – the longest running municipal art prize in Australia. Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is a national painting award with a major prize of $30,000.

Along with fostering the practice of established and emerging artists, Mosman Art Prize is an acquisitive award that forms the basis of the Mosman Art Collection, a valuable and important survey of Australian painting. The inaugural Mosman Art Prize (1947) was judged by artist Lloyd Rees prize and awarded to a very young Margaret Olley.

Subsequent prize winners have included: Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Francis Lymburner, Nancy Borlase, Guy Warren, John Caldwell, Frank Hinder, Elwyn Lynn, Margo Lewers, Peter Laverty, Earle Backen, Ken Reinhard, Jenny Sages, Noel McKenna, Adam Cullen, Tom Carment, Fan Dongwang, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei, Nicholas Harding, Cressida Campbell, Peter Godwin, Jasper Knight, James Powditch, Lucy Culliton, Kerrie Lester, Craig Waddell, David Fairbairn and Rachel Ellis.

The 2014 Mosman Art Prize was won by Michael Muir for his oil work, Past the Stacks.
2015 Judge: This year’s Mosman Art Prize will be judged by Michael Rolfe, Chief Executive Officer, Museums and Galleries NSW.
Mosman Art Prize is a free public exhibition on show Saturday 25 July to Sunday 30 August.

Announcement of Winners – Tuesday 28 July at 6.30pm for the Official Opening.
Finalists are selected from a pool of established and emerging artists who work in oils, acrylics or watercolours. A Public Program of Artist Talks accompanies the prize show offering professional and personal insights to contemporary painting practice.

REGISTER NOW – Further details and online entry form at:

http://mosmanartgallery.org.au/exhibitions/2015-mosman-art-prize#Enter

Important Dates: MOSMAN ART PRIZE – 68 years in 2015

Wed 27 May:  Registrations now open – online entries only
Mon 13 July:   Receiving day for artworks – (8.00am – 7.00pm)
Sat 18 July:     Finalists announced online
25 July to 30 August:  Public viewing finalist’s exhibition
Tues 28 July:  Announcement of Winners / Official Opening event 6:30pm

Parkers Sydney Fine Art Supplies are looking for a passionate Retail Sales Assistant to join our customer service team at either our historic Rocks store, the National Art School store or our Redfern Factory workshop.

Things to check your CV for:

– Available 4-5 days a week. MondayFriday and possible Saturday shifts.
– Available for an immediate start
– A commitment to a long term position.
– Retail Experience
– Background education in the Visual Arts and good general experience in Fine Arts.
– Experience stretching canvas and wood-working is HIGHLY DESIRABLE.
– Strong knowledge of Art Materials.
Please send us a cover letter introducing yourself and CV to parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au and ATTENTION it to either Derek Parker or Katrina Hill.

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EXHIBITION OFFER: 50% off Gallery Fees @ PROJECT [504]

PROJECT[504] has had Giles Alexander, Abdul Abdullah, Martine Emdur, Sophia Hewson, Luke Cornish, Will Coles, Kathrin Longhurst, Mertim Gokalp, Louis Pratt, Angus MacDonald, Marcus Callum, John McRae, Evert Ploeg and Nick Stathopoulos.

They’ve had artist dinners, sketch clubs and arts events, this space is huge and waiting for the next big show, you could be next!

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PROJECT[504] in St Leonards is offering the following offer.
If you book a show or event at 504 for the month June or July the ‘gallery fees’ are 50% off.

BOOK NOW. 50% OFF for June and July only” enter code “504discount” in email to bookings@project504.com.a


Now accepting proposals from contemporary artists and curators for the 2016 program of the Bondi Pavilion Gallery

http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/art
“There’s more to Bondi Beach than babes and waves…the beachside burb brings it on the cultural Artists and curators are invited to apply for the Bondi Pavilion Galleries 2016 exhibition program.

The iconic Bondi Pavilion Gallery has over thirty years history of exhibiting emerging, mid-career and professional artists to local and international audience at world renowned Bondi Beach. Applications for the Bondi Pavilion Gallery can be made to visualarts@waverley.nsw.gov.au by 5pm on Friday 24 For more information, terms and conditions head to waverley.nsw.gov.au/art
The Waverley Library Galleries are inviting applications from artists and curators for its 2016
program.

Now accepting proposals from contemporary artists and curators for the 2016 program of the Waverley Library Galleries.

The Galleries offer two public spaces with approximately 44,000 visitors per month. The
Galleries exhibit all forms of contemporary practice and encourage public programs associated with  exhibitions. The closing date for the 2015 program is Friday 21 August 2015. Applications can be made to Waverley Library Reception or visualarts@waverley.nsw.gov.au
For more information head to waverley.nsw.gov.au/art

Welcome to the Black Swan Prize

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
www.blackswanprize.com.au
blackswanprize@iinet.net.au
$50,000 first prize.
Entries closing Fri July 17.
Visit website for details or call 0432-275-690.

EXHIBITION OFFER: 50% off Gallery Fees @ PROJECT [504]


So far PROJECT[504] has had Giles Alexander, Abdul Abdullah, Martine Emdur, Sophia Hewson, Luke Cornish, Will Coles, Kathrin Longhurst, Mertim Gokalp, Louis Pratt, Angus MacDonald, Marcus Callum, John McRae, Evert Ploeg and Nick Stathopoulos.

They’ve had artist dinners, sketch clubs and arts events, this space is huge and waiting for the next big show, you could be next!

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We’ve got a great offer for you!

We’ve been talking to PROJECT[504] in St Leonards and organised the following offer.
If you book a show or event at 504 for the month June or July the ‘gallery fees’ are 50% off
.

BOOK NOW.
50% OFF for June and July only” enter code “504discount” in email to bookings@project504.com.au

Project 504 Floor Plan

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Artist call outs, Sydney art shows, Sydney art exhibitions & art events MAY 2015


Hey there, so a quick update!
We are trying new ways of posting events, all you have to do is invite ‘Sydney Galleries‘ to the Facebook event you want listed.
(Events are usually live within 24 hours the details will be then listed here on our site)
To see more art openings click here to see the weekly listing
What’s happening in the arts that you should see?
Luke Sciberras ‘Human condition’ and Noah Taylor ‘Alone together’
Wednesday 13 May 2015 6-8pm
OLSEN IRWIN – 63 Jersey Road Woollahra
LUKE SCIBERRAS ‘HUMAN CONDITION’ 13 – 31 MAY 2015Luke Sciberras
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Introducing Leichhardt’s newest art gallery LikeART, in the heart of Leichhardt on Norton Street.
Check out their grand opening on the 16th May 2-4pm
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Return to Nature Photography Exhibition ​(as part of HeadOn Festival) May 1 ­ May 30
LikeART Mix Exhibition ​Painting, drawing, sculpture and more. May 16th ­ 17th only
www.likeartgallery.com.augallery@likeartgallery.com.au
Artists and curators are invited to submit exhibition proposals for July to Dec 2015 – all mediums. Entries closing Sat May 30.
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BLINDSIDE is calling for proposals from artists and curators—emerging and established—local, interstate and international—solo or collaborative. We welcome proposals by practitioners working in all fields of creative endeavour, from painting to sound to somewhere in between.

BLINDSIDE welcomes proposals from artists, collectives and curators for solo and group exhibitions and performances across one or both gallery spaces. Alternatively, we welcome artists and curators to contact us to discuss exhibition ideas that are still in the planning stages. BLINDSIDE will assist artists and curators to seek funding and sponsorship and we help provide advice and letters of support.

BLINDSIDE doesn’t wish to discriminate against anybody. Artists who have difficulties with written English or access to computers etc are welcome to contact the gallery and make an appointment to discuss their proposal in person.

EXHIBITION PROPOSALS | BLINDSIDE 2016 | Proposals NOW due 31 May 2015

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The Basil Sellers Art Prize invites artists to tackle an Australian obsession—sport. It offers artists an opportunity to be part of a major exhibition at the Potter and a chance to win the $100,000 acquisitive prize, the $5,000 People’s Choice award and the Basil Sellers Creative Fellowship at the National Sports Museum. All entrants participating in the finalists’ exhibition will receive a participation fee of $3,000. There are no restrictions on medium or approach. Sport is an integral part of Australian society and this prize encourages artists to embrace this national tradition. The fifth Basil Sellers Art Prize will be awarded in July 2016, in conjunction with a nationally promoted exhibition of finalists’ work at the Potter.

Closing date for submission of entries: Friday 26 June 2015
Announcement of shortlisted artists: September 2015
Artworks completed for exhibition: June 2016
Exhibition at the Potter: July to November 2016

Download conditions of entry and the entry form here.

Make your payment for the Basil Sellers Art Prize administration fee by credit card via our e-cart here. Credit card payments must be made on or before the closing date for entries on 26 June 2015. A receipt will be issued to you via email. Please read the Conditions of Entry before making you payment, as refunds will not be issue for ineligible entries.

ARTIST CALL OUT: Temporary urban design projects


Waverley Council is carrying out a series of temporary urban design projects to activate and improve the quality of the public domain in the Bondi Junction Centre.
Waverley Council is inviting quotations from artists and design groups to design and install a public artwork on the temporary hoarding around the Boot Factory building in Norman Lee Place. The project offers an opportunity to create an inviting urban artwork that improves the visual character of the space and adds much needed detail, fun and interest at human scale. The final artwork must have a strong concept which creates atmosphere, is generous, uplifting and inviting. Artists are to submit quotations (up to $15,000) and concepts by 5pm on 16 April 2015

It is envisaged that the artwork will:

· have a vibrancy that is immersing, fluid and playful at human scale;

· allow pedestrians to re-think how they engage in the everyday within their urban
environment;

· be informed by the site and history of the area; and

· appeal to a wide audience and be uplifting to the spirit.

For application packs and details on how to apply please see the tenders online website;

http://www.tendersonline.com.au/Waverley/Request/Details/390244