Exploring Experimental Australian Art Collecting Project Ten Cubed

Exploring Experimental Australian Art Collecting Project Ten Cubed
Alasdair McLuckie sets up his exhibition at Ten Cubed

You may not have heard of Australian art collector and philanthropist Dianne Gringlas before today, but thanks to the launch of her pioneering experimental art collecting project Ten Cubed, chances are this is not the last time you will hear her name.  

Developed in conjunction with her husband Jack Gringlas and sister-in-law Ada Moshinsky, the concept behind Dianne's Ten Cubed project is simple but at the same time ambitious. Over a period of ten years, Dianne will develop her already impressive private art collection by embarking on an art collecting journey that will be documented through exhibitions at the Ten Cubed gallery in Glen Iris, Victoria.

The focus of the ten-year exhibition schedule and acquisition process will be an evolving top ten selection of hand-picked contemporary artists —  hence the name Ten Cubed —  represented by Australian and New Zealand galleries. Only one artist will exhibited at a time with up to six solo exhibitions to be held each year.

According to Dianne, “Collecting contemporary art is our passion. And we think passion is something best shared. Ten Cubed is an art experiment. Over ten years, we will collect in depth from an evolving top ten contemporary artists working in various media forms: sculpture, painting, video art, photography and more.”

At the end of the ten-year study, Ten Cubed will choose its ultimate top ten artists and their best works for final display. Works from the collecting process will either be sold, donated, or remain in the private collection.

So far seven artists have been selected: Tim Silver, David Rosetzky, Daniel Von Sturmer, Alasdair McLuckie, Jonathan Delafield Cook, David Wadelton, and Pat Brassington. The current exhibition is of work by Alasdair McLuckie which is on show until 4th June 2013.

To find out more about Ten Cubed , ARTINFO Australia got in touch Ada Moshinsky, Collection Curator, and asked her a few questions about the project.   

Tell us a bit about your background and your art collection.

The collection belongs to my sister-in-law Dianne Gringlas. Dianne has collected for some time and is passionate about art for the challenge and enrichment it has provided in her life.

She is the director of the Ten Cubed Collection.

What led to the development of Ten Cubed?

Dianne and I have for a number of years visited galleries and acquired art for her and Jack's private collection. When she retired from running a retail jewellery business a few years ago, she was looking for a new project. Jack offered to build a gallery and set up the Ten Cubed Collection

We chose to position the gallery in Glen Iris. It is readily accessible by public transport and convenient for the demographic being focused on, namely young 30 to 50 year olds and school kids.

The space is state of the art and able to rival any privately owned gallery in Tokyo or New York. Although the collection is privately owned, it is open to the public free of charge.

Our view is that art should not be stored, but viewed and shared by as many people as possible.

Describe the Ten Cubed concept?

We only buy a limited number of artists and we collect them in depth. We only buy art from Galleries in recognition of what they contribute to the field, and to ensure that we are buying works by artists with a long-term commitment.

We have solo exhibitions to showcase the artist, and in turn give exposure to the galleries that represent them.

Although we have bought works by more than 10 artists, our aim is that by the process of elimination, we end up with a major body of works by 10 artists worthy of any public gallery collection.

After 10 years the concept will be reviewed, repeated or changed to meet the challenge of the next 10 years.

It is a very contemporary collection of works from artists ranging from emerging to well-established covering drawing, painting, photography and video art.

What do you bring to the role of Curator?

Love of art, strong and defined ideas, many years of collecting and hopefully a good “eye”.

What do you hope to achieve with Ten Cubed?

Build a wonderful collection; support our artists by buying and exhibiting their works. This is a chance to do something exciting, challenging, enriching and most of all enjoyable.

What are your plans for the future?

To put Ten Cubed Collection on the map as a “must see” gallery.

Ten Cubed Collection is located at 1489 Malvern Road, Glen Iris, 3146, Victoria, Australia.