69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

Open 12pm-5pm, Thursday - Sunday

Disability Access: KINGS Artist-Run is a wheelchair accessible venue. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessible toilet. Please contact the gallery with any access requirements and we will endeavour to support your visit.

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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 Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Royal Visit of 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2022

Lily Arapera Gentile

23 November 2023–16 December 2023

The Queen’s Royal Visit of 1953–54 to Aotearoa as paraphrased by E.B. Corbett (Pākehā {white} Minister of Māori affairs):


“So far as the Queen herself is concerned They will just be the Māori people. She will not be concerned to know what tribes they have come from.”


So far as I, myself, am concerned we will just be Māori however we please.

How to be Māori? (and How to be a Māori artist?) Royal Visit of 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2022 thinks about this question loaded with personal and communal history, prejudice, colonial ties, and impossible expectations.


To view the room sheet click here.

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  • Lily Arapera Gentile (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) is an emerging artist living and creating on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. Her practice feeds from writing and found text and realises itself across a range of mediums. Lily is interested in the tension of the personal and the communal, creating in this space, while considering the conservation her works have with space, and each other.