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.

Heat Safe City

Over the summer of Dec 2023 – Feb 2024, KINGS Artist Run is hosting a series of public programs in collaboration with Sticky Institute and Melbourne Women in Film Festival around issues and experiences of heat.

Due to climate change, Melbourne is experiencing more hot weather and heat wave events than ever before. In Melbourne, we currently average 11 days greater than 35 degrees and expect this to rise to 16 days by 2050.

Known as a ‘silent killer’, extreme heat causes more fatalities than all other natural hazards combined. Heat is not as visible or visually shocking as other climate hazards such as flooding or bushfires. This means it does not have the same awareness, understanding, or management attention as that of other hazards. 

There is a public misperception when it comes to the issue of extreme heat risk. Many people do not think heat poses a risk to them – we want to raise awareness of the fact anyone can experience heat stress, particularly those with an existing vulnerability.

For more information about the program click here

December Program:

Saturday 16 Dec: Double feature digital film launch with Henrik Haukeland & Edwina Green

Sunday 17 Dec 2pm – 4pm: KINGS Reading Room launch

Monday 18 Dec 5.30pm: Reading Conversations I: ‘Hip Bone Sticking Out’: Murujuga and the Legacy of the Pilbara Frontier’ with Aaron Claringbold & Rebecca McCauley

Tuesday 19 Dec 5.30pm: Reading Conversations II: Semiotic Infernos: Unpacking representations of the climatic crisis with Katie Paine

Other Body Knowledge: Public Programs Series

KINGS Artist Run is hosting a series of public programs on inclusive practice in visual arts spaces. Each session is led by d/Deaf and disabled artists, offering diverse ways of viewing and understanding disability and how to incorporate these ideas into organisational culture. These sessions are open to all but are primarily aimed at gallery personnel, curators and artists.


Session 1: 

Visual Description in Art Spaces with Fayen d’Evie

Saturday 30th July, 2:30 – 4:30pm

Presented in collaboration with Open House Melbourne, this  session will be a conversational workshop modelling creative approaches to visual description of artworks and exhibitions. These methods aim to increase access for those who are blind or have low vision, while also expanding the possibilities of reading an artwork.

For more information click HERE


Session 2: 

Art and Ableism

Monday 15th August, 2:00 – 4:00pm

An online discussion which aims to engage curators, artist-run collectives and gallery personnel  on recent political and theoretical concepts relating to disability. Speakers include; Sophie Cassar, Lara Chamas, Fayen d’Evie, Sam Petersen, Katie Ryan and Jane Trengove.

For more information click HERE


Session 3: 

Deaf Culture and d/Deaf Awareness with Luke King

Saturday 27th August, 2:00 – 4:00pm

This session explores Deaf language and culture, discussing diversity amongst the Deaf community, communication etiquette, Auslan and access for d/Deaf people in arts spaces.

For more information click HERE

This series of public programs have been developed by disabled artist and curator Jane Trengove and KINGS Artist-Run Organisation Coordinator Katie Ryan. The program has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.