Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks for Australia’s gallery scene with Sarah Cottier Gallery reopening in a new gallery space, Bus Projects relaunching after relocating to Collingwood, and Melbourne’s Ausin Tung Gallery shutting shop. There was also the major announcement by the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) that they are planning to expand the gallery to double its current size, which you can read about here.
Friday 1 March saw the long-awaited re-opening of powerhouse gallerist Sarah Cottier's eponymous gallery in its new Paddington premises with solo exhibitions by Gemma Smith and Jamie North. The gallery has operated out of several locations including Elizabeth St, Redfern and Neild Ave, Paddington culminating in its relocation to Roylston St, Paddington.
Also on Friday 1 March, Melbourne-based independent arts organisation Bus Projects relaunched in their new Collingwood gallery space with an exhibition titled “Thank you very much” which explores formal and conceptual tensions between order and transgression, restraint and excess. The new space will allow the gallery to further explore their commitment to the promotion of experimental fields of performance, sound art, and spatial practice.
After eighteen months and sixteen exhibitions Melbourne’s Ausin Tung Gallery has closed its doors to allow resources to be available to the Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF) artist based programs. Established by philanthropist Yashian Schauble, the Chinese contemporary art-focused gallery was a bridge between contemporary art scenes in China and Australia.
According to a gallery spokesperson, while Ausin Tung achieved its aims, the ACAF has a wider brief to support and cultivate Chinese and Australian artists, to maintain long-term relationships and strengthen the thriving Australian art scene. Yashian will now focus on diversifying the Foundation’s exhibition program to include exhibitions in major public galleries in Australia and China as well as contributing to the program of the Melbourne Intercultural Fine Art (MIFA) gallery space at Level 1/278 Collins Street Melbourne.
Works from exhibited at Ausin Tung will still be available from ACAF Store, an online fundraising store that is being developed to enable access to artworks by contemporary Chinese and Australian artists.