Funding and the changing face of ARIs

How do ARIs sustain their programing when the dollar comes up short? ArtsHub looks at ARI funding on the eve of OzCo's grant.
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10% Pending Guerrilla Gallery taken at the 2009 This Is Not Art (TINA) Festival in Newcastle. Photograph Amy Griffiths; Source

With applications closing 3 February for Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) to try their luck under the Australia Council’s Artist Run Initiatives New Work grant, the cash on the table precipitates a few questions:  “What defines an ARI today?” and “Are ARIs changing under the influence of box-tick funding, have they become merely landlords, or are they moonlighting in the commercial sector to sustain their viability?

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina