Artbank has announced the launch of an unprecedented new initiative that will provide unrepresented Australian visual artists with the opportunity to have their artwork seen and possibly acquired for the Artbank collection, one of the largest collections of Australian contemporary art in the world.
The Artbank Roadshow will see Artbank visit twelve metropolitan and regional locations around Australia between June 2016 to June 2017; meeting with artists in short 20 minute appointments to give artists the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their work.
The Artbank collection includes some of the finest examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary artwork produced over the past four decades. As the largest collector of Australian art in the country, Artbank’s support for artists is often applied early in their careers, with further acquisitions made at regular intervals to form an extensive and constantly evolving collection of Australian contemporary art.
The Artbank Roadshow will enable artists who do not have commercial gallery representation to introduce/reintroduce themselves to Artbank and pitch their work – with the possibility of it being acquired for the Artbank collection.
“The Artbank collection is unique in that it represents possibly the most comprehensive cross-section of Australian contemporary art practice – year in, year out,” says Tony Stephens, Director Artbank. “This initiative will ensure Artbank’s support for Australian visual artists extends beyond those who have commercial representation and in doing so, assists us to continue building a significant public collection of Australian art that is truly representative of Australian cultural practice.”
Key dates and the locations for the Artbank Roadshow are: Hobart (June 2016); Cairns (July 2016); Brisbane (July 2016); Darwin (August 2016); Alice Spring (September 2016); Sydney (October 2016); Newcastle (November 2016); Adelaide (February 2017); Melbourne (March 2017); Kandos (April 2017); Perth (May 2017); and Canberra (June 2017).
For more information, visit: www.artbank.gov.au for details.
Image: courtesy of Artbank