project8: why it’s an interesting new gallery model

New Melbourne gallery, project8, blends academic research with artist-led curatorial practice, philanthropy and commercial outcomes.
view of abstract art in light filled new Melbourne gallery project8

Some good things came out of COVID. project8 is one of them. While the space began as a fledgling idea during the pandemic, it had the luxury of time to be fitted out, ensuring that this new gallery model got it right. Now it is finding its stride, and people are noticing. 

Why it is so interesting? project8, located on Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD, is a kind of ARI (artist run initiative) grown up, mixed with private philanthropic support, and the foundation of a university and academic framework to ensure its offering is chewy and probing.

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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