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.

Exhibition Proposals

Hannah Hallam-Eames, ‘Ridge crest fire fountain (brittle-ductile transition zone)’, 2024. Photography: Sebastian Kainey


Applications for our 2025 exhibition program are now open!

Due 11:59pm, Sunday 1st September, 2024.

KINGS presents critical and experimental projects from emerging and mid-career artists. We strongly encourage applications from First Nations artists, artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Deaf and disabled artists and LGBTQIA+ artists. 

KINGS seeks to support a broad range of projects and approaches to contemporary art practice. We particularly value projects that are research-based, experimental, relevant to current social and political concerns and projects that contribute to broader discourses within the arts.  

Exhibitions selected from this call out will not incur a gallery hire fee. Selected artists will receive exhibition support from the KINGS committee. This will include face-to-face or Zoom meetings, assistance with promotional material and exhibition texts, and installation support.

Application Process

To complete the application form please click here.

Required information:

> Project Summary (max. 250 words)
Briefly discuss the conceptual basis of your proposed project (ideas that have informed the work, themes that are addressed in the work.) 

> Exhibition Description (max. 150 words)
In simple terms, please describe what will be seen/heard/experienced in the gallery. Where possible, identify what physical elements of the gallery will be used. 

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

> 1 page CV

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

Accessibility: KINGS Artist-Run Initiative welcomes applications from Deaf and Disabled artists. If you require an alternative format to complete an application please contact us by Thursday 1st August, 2024 and we will be happy to discuss how we can support your application. We have also provided the option for you to upload video/audio files in place of the project summary and exhibition description.


Megan Tan, ‘The artist is not allowed’, 2023. Photography: Sebastian Kainey

Further information about our areas of focus and key terms.

When preparing your application you may want to consider if your project relates to the areas of focus outlined above. To assist with this process we have extrapolated on some of the key terms. 

Research-based: Research can take many forms, but should show an ongoing theoretical, material or lived engagement with a concept, theory or set of ideas. 

Experimental: Experimental can be defined differently in relation to each artists’ practice and to art history more broadly. A proposal that is experimental might demonstrate a fresh, unexpected take on existing concepts, challenge assumptions/expectations around ideas, and or, push the limitations of a specific medium or creative discipline.

Relevant to current social and political issues: Projects that are in some way concerned with and committed to exploring important local as well as global issues. This might include the oppression of marginalised communities, climate change, the global pandemic, colonialism, late capitalism, neoliberalism and privatisation amongst many other pressing issues. 

Contribute to ongoing discourses: To extend, counter, progress, complicate existing written or spoken ideas or debates. This might involve demonstrating a knowledge of artists and theorists who have explored similar ideas, and then countering, complicating or encouraging greater insight into said ideas through your work.

If you have questions about your application, please contact us via email before Thursday 8th August, 2024 at

Our Space

We are seeking applications for Gallery 1 and Gallery 2. Please consider which space is best suited for your project.

To view the floor plan click here.

Gallery 1

6.7 x 3.9m, light grey painted concrete floor, one red brick wall with one window, dark grey painted large wooden sliding door, one white door to adjoining space, 3 meter ceiling height with overhead LED lighting.

Gallery 2

5.5 x 3.8m, light grey painted concrete floor, one red brick wall with 2 windows, 3 meter ceiling height with overhead LED lighting.

Please note: Work may be installed on the red brick walls but we do not allow artists to drill into the brick wall. We’re happy to assist you with alternative hanging solutions.

Video Space

The video space opens onto Gallery 1 and contains a permanently installed flat screen TV. This space houses STRAY VOLTAGE, KINGS iterative video program. This program is not open for applications.