Another ARI, Ashfield
Artsource, WA’s artist service body runs several studio buildings in Fremantle, North Perth and now Ashfield. A couple of suburbs out of the city, the Ashfield building contains two floors of closed-door-type studios for artists of all kinds, plus ‘Another’, a project space situated in the foyer of the former office block. Run by a rotating board of artists rather than by Artsource itself, Another is primarily a residency space. Open studios and lively end-of-residency talks show that engaging with ongoing praxis is just as valuable as ‘completed’ exhibitions.
Daphne began as a domestic ARI in a North Perth home. Now it’s a Northbridge coffee shop and art space, with two artist studios for rent upstairs. Open for a year now, Daphne is a truly happy place, an unpretentious server of cinnamon toast and delicious coffee, with bay windows filled with comfy cushions and a cactus garden out the front. The cafe walls facilitate rotating exhibitions by a growing selection of local artists.
A favourite with many local creatives, Daphne is a welcoming hub whose location and arts-engagement lends itself to chance meetings, casual conversations and idea-sharing. For those in the arts it’s a space to run into friends, work on a grant application, toss around project ideas over a coffee and buy an affordable drawing or two. While far less formal than a studio or residency program, it provides an organic support structure, the kind that really boils down to a good community; a very necessary thing, and one to be nurtured.
Anna Dunnill is an artist and writer from Perth. In addition to her solo practice she is one half of collaborative duo Snapcat.