KINGS Artist-Run


69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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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 Open!

Exhibition Program

KINGS Artist-Run are currently seeking expressions of interest to exhibit at our new gallery space from June – November 2021.

KINGS values critical and experimental projects from emerging and established artists. We encourage applications from artists from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

It will be free to exhibit at KINGS during 2021. Selected artists will receive exhibition support from the KINGS committee. This will include face-to-face meetings (Covid restriction and locality permitting), assistance with promotional material and exhibition texts, and installation support.

Application Process

Please click here to complete the application form.

Required information:

> Project Summary (max. 250 words)

> Exhibition Description (max. 150 words)

> Exhibitor(s) bio (max. 100 words per person)

> 1 page CV

> Up to 10 supporting images or video/audio/weblinks

Applications are due by midnight 14 April 2021.

Image: ‘We are here because we are here‘, James Nguyen and Ciaran Begley, 2019. Photo by Chris Bowes


Emerging Writers’ Program

Applications are now open for the KINGS Emerging Writers’ Program 2021 (July – December). 

The KINGS Emerging Writers’ Program (EWP) provides a platform for emerging arts writers to publish  texts in response to the KINGS exhibition program. 

Established in 2015, the EWP provides professional publishing opportunities and fosters further critical dialogue between artists and arts writers. Selected writers will  be paired with an exhibition relevant to their interests to develop an accompanying piece of text. All forms, including but not limited to, critical arts writing, fiction, poetry, experimental, cross-genre and digital formats are welcome. Throughout the program, each writer will receive critical feedback and editorial assistance. Their final written works are then presented as catalogue material within the gallery and on the KINGS Artist-Run website.

In addition to writing a companion piece for the KINGS exhibition program, EWP participants have the opportunity to write for unExtended. As of 2018, KINGS Artist-Run has partnered with unProjects to develop short-form critical reviews to be published on unExtended. Through the program KINGS and unProjects work with emerging writers to develop written skills, critical voices and creative approaches to arts writing.

KINGS Artist-Run is committed to nurturing diverse voices and encourages submissions from culturally and linguistically diverse writers, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, and queer and/or trans writers of all genders.

Participating writers will be paid a fee of $250 after the publication of both of their texts.

Application Process

Please click here to complete the application form.

Required information:

> Statement of interest, detailing your previous writing experience and why you would like to take part in the EWP, no more than 500 words

> 2 examples of previous writing, up to 800 words in total

> 1 page CV

Applications are due by midnight 28 April 2021.

For any further information or to discuss your application please email EWP 2021 coordinator Olga Bennett at


Image: Siying Zhou, ‘Untitled (Master Your Mother Tongue)’, 2018, C-type print of a 35mm film. Courtesy of the artist.

About the Space

KINGS’ new venue is located at 69 Capel Street in West Melbourne. Please refer to the images and floor plan when completing your application. The gallery will be divided into two exhibition spaces. Both spaces will have a combination of natural light and overhead LED lighting. The lighting in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 can be controlled separately.  The brick wall with windows will remain exposed and unpainted and the windowless brick wall will be covered in. 

This venue is wheelchair accessible but does not currently have an accessible bathroom. 

For any further information please contact

KINGS Artist-Run Floor Plan