ARIs ‘worried about their livelihoods’ as pandemic drags on

What concerns are artist-run-initiatives in Adelaide and Canberra facing post lockdowns?

ARIs (Artist-Run-Initiatives) play a major role in the arts ecosystem when it comes to fostering early-career artists and engaging with the local community. They provide a bridge for art school graduates and those wanting to experiment, but arguably with more limitations than doing so in a commercial or institutional setting.

They are also mostly volunteer-run, making survival during COVID all the more precarious.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.