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. Formed in 2003, KINGS functions as a collective of artists, writers, curators and academics, and provides a platform to explore, interpret and participate in the mediation of new social and cultural meanings. KINGS currently supports a range of projects across three exhibition spaces in which artists, collectives and curators are provided with an opportunity to form new work. In addition, KINGS 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 KINGS annual-based program is formed around individual focused exhibition projects interspersed with thematic curatorial projects, each supported by allied events and talks. 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 also 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 700 artists, presented more than 450 exhibitions and events such as Flash Nights; Melbourne Video Art Society Events; DudSpace
; and the KINGS Emerging Writers Program.
Image Credit: Sophie Neate.