Last week I visited Perth for the ARI 2 ARI forum “A national forum for artist run initiatives” which was held on Saturday 7 March, 2015. This is the second ARI symposium organised by Paper Mountain. Accompanying the forum was the exhibition curated by Paper Mountain, titled Keep Running, which is a surveyof artist-run initiatives across Australia featuring Boxcopy, FELTspace, Firstdraft, Freerange, Gotham Studios, Kings Artist Run, Moana Project Space, Sticky Institute, West Space & Paper Mountain.
The very clever theme of ‘keep running’ was humorously deployed across the gallery program with lovely touches like an “hydration station” and the artworks were cited/sited in the programme guide as if in a Fun Run. At the Forum the next day, participants were given running numbers to pin to their backs (or fronts), instead of name tags. Very cool. It was also a reminder of the enormous energy, commitment and love that building an ARI and keeping it running, entails. Just like an athlete. It’s practice and love, and just like an athlete it’s not simply you alone, artist in the garret, but it’s team work, and this is what Paper Mountain set out to explore…”the importance of community, collaboration and collective support in national artist-run culture.”
Here’s some pics from the opening on Friday 6 March.
The Front closed its doors on Friday February 27th. However, even without space The Front will continue to manifest and grow, with projects planned for later in the year – this time outside its original space. In her farewell blog Director and co-convenor, Deb Bain-King writes
“We have projects planned for for July – September that will take place at various locations around the Docklands. Chantal Wynter will lead a series of art walks in conjunction with a curated program by Anabelle Lacroix, that will be supplemented by works curated by myself, Deb Bain-King. We will keep you posted. We are happy to say The Front will continue to develop but without a space.”
That is good news! looking forward to seeing the new projects.
On March 3, Ashlee Laing sent out his notice that Rumpus Room will be temporarily suspended. This was sad news indeed as it also meant that the legendary Splendour on Your Arse – Suburban Backyard Festival would have to be cancelled too. However, like The Front, Ashlee assures us that this is not the end for the Rumpus Room Program -it is only suspended until Ashlee and family can find another place to call home. We look forward to the new Rumpus Room.