contemporary art consultants + project management
With over 18 years experience in the visual arts industry and a network of over 1000 contemporary emerging and mid career artists, our consultancy service offers a range of options tailored to your specific needs for the purchase or hire of artworks in a diversity of styles and mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, digital and mixed media. We supply works for private residences through to the corporate environment. A corporate/ commercial rental service is also available.
We also offer exhibition, curatorial and arts related event project management and graphic design service. We currently design and manage the program of exhibitions at the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery for Toyota Australia at their new corporate headquarters in Port Melbourne, Australia and have a strong background in delivering quality arts events.
- Purchase of artworks for private residences through to the corporate environment.
- Corporate/commercial rental service.
- Consulting for performance & event spaces, technical infrastructure, design & operation
The G.R.A.I.N. Store
Watch Arts is pleased to announce that we have recently taken over curatorial and administrative services for The G.R.A.I.N. Store, a highly active and progressive multi arts facility in Nathalia in north central Victoria.
Our current exhibition 'Human Wrongs to Human Rights' features the United Nations International Print Portfolio. This exhibition features 30 artists from around the world and was first shown in South Africa in 1999 to mark the end of apartheid and celebrate the United Nations International Declaration of Human Rights. G.R.A.I.N. Store founder and artist, William Kelly OAM, was one of the original artists invited to participate in this exhibition.
The project has included several complimentary events including a performance by Rod Quantock with his touring show 'Boredom Protection Policy'; 'You'd Sing Too' a film by Sian Darling about refugee artists in Australia and coming up on the 24th November, a performance by legendary folk singer, Eric Bogle.
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The G.R.A.I.N. Train - Bus Tour November 26th 2016
Human Wrongs to Human Rights - UN International Print Portfolio
This powerful and timely exhibition highlights the human rights that so many of us in this country are fortunate to be able to take for granted; a luxury so many others around the world are not afforded.
This important project will culminate with an opportunity for a restricted number of Melbourne based artists & interested people, to travel by bus to Nathalia to view the exhibition on it's final day, Saturday 26 November. This promises to be an exciting day out that will also provide an insight into the multicultural North Central region of Victoria, with a stopover in Shepparton at SAM (Shepparton Art Museum) and lunch at the Last Straw Cafe, a local institution serving delicious home style Thai food and single origin coffee roasted by Zen Master Roaster & Barista (and local icon), Shingo Fujimoto.
The visit to the G.R.A.I.N.Store will include an artist talk and Q & A with artist William Kelly, OAM . Bill is the founder of The G.R.A.I.N. Store, and one of the international artists originally invited to participate in the UN Print Portfolio exhibition in South Africa in 1999. Bill has some interesting stories to tell about his life and practice, including his current major installation at the State Library of Victoria. This will be followed by a complimentary country hospitality afternoon tea.
The journey home will include an early evening wine tasting and light supper at Longleat Murchison Winery with a final stopover at picturesque Lake Nagambie.
For further information, booking details and a detailed itinerary please visit www.thegraintrain.weebly.com
Book early - Limited seats available. Bookings close 18th November
Artist In Residence & Visiting Artist Program @ The G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia
AIR 2017 @ The G.R.A.I.N. Store is currently in development and will consist of one to two week artist residencies and also one to two day artist visits.
Expressions of Interest – CLOSING 9 DEC 2016
Our current call for expressions of interest is focused on Fully Funded participation to allow us to identify and connect with suitable interested artists who will then be selected to be included as part of funding applications to be submitted to various authorities in early 2017.
For more information visit http://air2017.weebly.com
Toyota Community Foundation in association with the Art & Industry Festival presents
a photographic essay
to be officiallly opened at 6pm by
Naomi Cass, Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography
Artist Panel Discussion & Launch - Wed 23 November @ The Substation
Artist panel includes Naomi Cass and photographers Jane Brown, Jean-Marc La-Roque and John Gollings AM. Special guests include Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator of Photography at NGV and Director of the Art & Industry Festival, Donna Jackson from Hubcap Productions.