KINGS Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers. Kings assists and promotes the development of solo exhibitions, group and thematic projects, along with a program of events that includes performance, film screenings, public gatherings and talks. Functioning as a collective of artists, writers, curators and academics, Kings was formed to explore, interpret and participate in the mediation of new social and cultural meanings. In 2013, Kings celebrated its 10th
anniversary. Kings currently supports a range of projects across three exhibition spaces in which artists, collectives and curators are provided with a supportive platform within which to form new work. Kings also fosters and incorporates DUDSPACE
, an additional independent space within the gallery, distinctively offering an opportunity for artists, collectives and curators to expand their practice within unconventional situations, circumstances and locations. Kings also presents a program of singular ‘one off’ events and actions through its Flash Night Program, as well as managing and supporting studio artists and writers through the provision of workspaces within the Kings community.
The annual exhibition program at Kings is formed around individual exhibition projects interspersed with thematic curatorial projects. Therefore each half-year of the exhibition and event program involves a thematic grouping of focused projects evoking and forming a discourse around specific subjects, supported by allied events and talks. Notably, Kings equally supports artists wishing to undertake single or individual projects unrelated to our programming themes, locating these individual exhibition projects within a gallery culture involving focused curatorial undertakings that form a platform for initiating new ideas as a way of developing critical social relations. Kings is an entirely non-profit and altruistic collective seeking to provide a foundation for artists, while receiving support through programming fees, individual donations and sponsorships, along with periodic assistance from local, State and National arts funding bodies. Kings receives support through the artists that show at Kings, the studio artists and writers, the community that supports us, and most generously through our volunteers. Kings has worked with over 500 artist, presented more than 330 exhibitions and events such as Flash Nights & Melbourne Video Art Society Events, 5 specific international projects and ongoing emerging artist development and presentation programs.