This section explores the ways artists use, manage and animate spaces including exhibition, project, studio and residency spaces.

Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs)

What, where, why?


Firstdraft, Image by F. Barrett

Looking at setting up your own ARI, managing your ARI, or generally wondering about what ARIs are, where you can find them, and why they are important? Everything you need to know about artist run initiatives.


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Image by B. Munting

Looking for studio space? Wanting to know how to manage your studio, inventory and storage? Everything you need to know about studio practice.



Studio Image

Studio by M. Behrens

Residencies are an integral component of an artist’s career and their significance cannot be overstated. Residencies prioritise contemporary art practice and process and provide opportunities for collaboration and cultural exchange whilst ensuring artists have spaces to live and work within our cities and regions. This section will help you access and make the most of your residency opportunity.


On Space

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NAVA Forum at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Image by V. O'Connor

Gain insight into the critical significance of space for artists and the broader arts industry.

Unfolding Space by John Mongard (39.6 KB)

John Mongard investigates the concept of unfolding space and the influence of public art in creating place.

Space by Anna Pappas (40.9 KB)

Anna Pappas discusses the physical changes at Anna Pappas Gallery, the contextual changes of what space means to artists and why the gallery space is so important.


Art Trails


Remnants, by Sarah O'Sullivan. Image by Debbie Gallulo

Q: What Do I need to Consider When Opening my Studio for a Council Organised Art Trail?