Sad news from the latest Peloton newsletter:
Peloton was started in 2004 to address the lack of venues for emerging and mid career artists to exhibit in Sydney. Over 9 years Peloton has exhibited more the 350 artists from all over Australia and the world. We have prided ourselves on supporting a diverse selection of artists across varying stages of their careers, giving recognition and exposure where due. Although some costs were passed onto artists in our formative years, as funding became available these expenses were removed allowing us to offer exhibitions without any cost to the artists involved. This has become a business model that we are incredibly proud of, despite its unsustainability. Artists are too often taken advantage of, we are pleased that we can say we celebrated them, placing art and artists as our top priority. Opening on the 8th of March, our last exhibition will be a group show of artists closely involved with the gallery in the past and those who we had planned to show in 2013. It will provide a chance to thank and remember all those involved. On the 10th of March this year we will close our doors for the last time.
The current exhibitions on at Peloton are Take My Breath Away and 365 attempts to meditate, which run until Saturday 23 February.
Two days ago there was an amazing post on ARIna in the Critical Writing subarina. It was a collection of mini manifestos by ARI directors on the question Why do we neen ARIs? From Anna Dunhill, director of Paper Mountain in Perth:
"We need spaces where art is an experience, not a sale; spaces where we can learn and grow as artists and curators and writers and people."
The rest of Anna's contribution is a must read, as are the pieces by Michael Graeve and Sharne Wolff.
Everyone who runs or loves those who run an ARI should be aware of this opportunity from the Australia Council. Submissions close 1 February 2012.
ARIna is a place for Artist Run Initiatives to find and share ideas and information on issues and topics affecting them. Developed by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) in partnership with Crawl Inc., ARIna is the definitive online resource for ARIs. Visit arina.org.au.