Artbank is moving in Melbourne!
Artbank has two core objectives – supporting artists through the acquisition of their work and promoting that work to the broader community. After more than a decade working out of an office and showroom in Armadale, Artbank has commenced converting of a warehouse in Collingwood that will house the collection, public spaces and staff for the decade ahead.
In a move that reflects the organisation’s increasing relevance and audience reach, Artbank’s new inner-city facility will include a cultural event space for exhibitions, talks, community events and public programs.
“The launch of Artbank’s new Melbourne facility signifies a critical moment in the history of the organisation,” said Artbank Director Tony Stephens. “The expansion will provide increased capacity to service new and existing clients, allowing us to support more artists and in doing so increase the accessibility of Australian visual art for more Australians. The new space will also allow much greater public interface, so we can better connect the work of Australian artists with their audiences”.
Artbank was established in 1980 as a federal government support program for the visual arts. Today, Artbank holds one of the largest and most significant collections of Australian art in the world, which in turn is made publically available through an art leasing program.
“Artbank is in a unique position to not only connect audiences through our leasing program, but to also reimagine how a collection held on behalf of the Australian public can be an inclusive part of mainstream society, a truly democratic collection,” said Stephens.
“Artbank is more than an art-rental program, it works to support artists and the sector more broadly by engaging diverse audiences who may have no existing alignment or interest with the arts. The new Collingwood facility will be bold, collaborative and open. A centre for the contemporary art and the diverse communities who support it.”