KINGS Artist-Run


Lvl 1 / 171 King St.
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Wed–Sat, 12–6pm
+61 3 9642 0859
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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist Run acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people





Applications are currently closed

The exhibition program is at the core of KINGS Artist-Run and each year we look to deliver a series of artistically exciting and discursively engaged projects; accompanied by talks, performances and written content.

The monthly exhibitions at KINGS are formed around proposed solo and group projects interspersed with thematic curatorial projects undertaken by KINGS Artist-Run committee. The program is developed through rigorous discussions of the received applications that are programmed alongside complimentary exhibitions to form engaging perspectives on contemporary artistic practice.

Notably, KINGS Artist-Run welcomes:

  • artists at all stages of their practice
  • solo exhibition
  • large-scale curated projects
  • conceptually and technically ambitious projects
  • curated exhibitions using one or more or all of the spaces within the gallery
  • interdisciplinary projects that include engaging public spaces or outside of the gallery

Successful applicants will be offered a three-week exhibition plus one-week install; media support including a listing in Art Guide, a listing on City of Melbourne ‘What’s On’; event distribution through Facebook, Instagram and KINGS monthly newsletter; printed vinyl signage in the gallery entrance; exhibition documentation by Chris Bowes (with the option of purchasing images); and installation support and materials. Please contact us if you wish to clarify any aspects of our gallery programming, or if you would like to discuss challenging installs or ambitious projects with the committee prior to submission.

KINGS Exhibition Program Proposals Guidelines

All proposal are to be emailed in a single pdf file to and are to include:

  • a completed KINGS Artist-Run Proposal Form (see below)
  • a CV for each participating artist including contact details
  • a maximum of ten JPEG images and web links to up to five minutes of video
  • an image list including relevant details of the work to be assessed

KINGS Artist-Run Proposal Form 2019

KINGS Artist-Run Floorplan

Exhibition Costs

Front Gallery $975 Currently $775
Middle Gallery $975 Currently $775
Side Gallery $500 Currently $400

KINGS Artist-Run encourages submissions from diverse artists, including Indigenous Australians, queer and/or trans practitioners, people of colour and artists of all genders to participate in the KINGS Exhibition Program.

APPLICATIONS FOR KINGS Emerging Writers Program w un Projects


KINGS Emerging Writers Program (EWP) has partnered with un Projects to provide a platform and opportunities for emerging arts writers. Throughout the program writers will develop and publish texts in an exhibition context and write a critical review for a highly regarded online publication, un Extended.

The KINGS EWP will seek to connect writers with relevant practitioners from the Exhibition Program in order to develop a written piece that explores the relationship between art and writing in exhibition contexts. All participating writers will also have the opportunity to develop a short-form review developed in consultation with KINGS and un Projects to be published on un Extended.

Participants will receive critical feedback & editorial assistance throughout the development of their texts, as well as the possibility for dialogue with the other writers and artists associated with KINGS Artist-Run and un Extended editorial staff.

KINGS Artist-Run encourages submissions from diverse writers, including Indigenous Australians, queer and/or trans writers, people of colour and writers of all genders to participate in the KINGS EWP.

KINGS EWP Proposal Guidelines

All proposals are to be submitted as a single pdf to and are to include the following.

Cover Letter: Outlining previous experience and your interest in participating in the program
Writing: 2 x 200-400 examples of previous writing
One page CV