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Pitch your work to Australia’s largest art collection

Gina Fairley

The Artbank Roadshow returns this winter with a eight regional destinations locked in for artists to pitch their work.
Pitch your work to Australia’s largest art collection

Australia’s largest art collection, Artbank, puts a twist on the talent pool by going direct to the source.

For the second year running, it’s Roadshow will return, visiting every state and territory in metropolitan and regional locations around Australia over the next twelve months.

The Artbank team will meet with unrepresented artists who have made an appointment, offering the opportunity to present their work and have it considered for acquisition into the Artbank Collection.

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‘It is vital that we ensure our support for Australian visual artists extends beyond those who have commercial representation,’ said Artbank Director Tony Stephens.

He told ArtsHub: 'It is important that Artbank’s support for Australian artists extends to as many practitioners as possible, regardless of where they choose live and practice... The Roadshow is now an integral part of this outreach, and a way for us to engage with unrepresented artists across the country.’

'The Artbank Roadshow, with the support of our presenting partners around Australia, ensures equality of access and the opportunity to be seen and potentially collected for what is a significant national collection,' Stephens concluded.

Locations

QLD     11 JULY 2018      ROCKHAMPTON ART GALLERY

NT        8 AUG 2018        DOUBLE TREE HILTON

TAS      12 SEP 2018       QUEEN VICTORIA MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

SA        17 OCT 2018      COUNTRY ARTS SOUTH AUSTRALIA

VIC       1 NOV 2018        ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT

NSW     21 MAR 2019     LISMORE REGIONAL GALLERY

WA        8 MAY  2019      CITY OF JOONDALUP

ACT      21 JUNE 2019    BELCONNEN ARTS CENTRE

How to book your place

Artists are offered 20-minute appointments to discuss their practice and present images of their work, after which Artbank will assess the applicants and make a recommendation to the Artbank Director for acquisition. They must book a time in advance by contacting Artbank.

The first Artbank Roadshow in Roadshow in 2016-2017 saw 500+ artists present their works and over 100 works across all mediums acquired for the prestigious Artbank collection.

Artbank holds over 11,000 art works and is largely self-funded by making artworks from its vast collection available to lease in homes and offices around Australia and the world.  All revenue raised through the leasing program is reinvested into operating expenses and programs that further support Artbank’s objectives.

For general Artbank Roadshow enquiries visit artbank.gov.au/roadshow

Freecall 1800 251 651 or email Artbank at enquiries@artbank.gov.au

About the author

Gina Fairley covers the Visual Arts nationally for ArtsHub. Based in Sydney you can follow her on Twitter @ginafairley and Instagram at fairleygina.

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