c3 Contemporary Art Space
c3 Curatorial Vision
c3 Contemporary Art Space supports artists and artistic practices which encourage risk, experimentation and direct audience engagement through open, ambitious, quiet, critical, collaborative or individual making and experiencing of contemporary art.
About c3 Contemporary Art Space
Since launching in 2008, the Abbotsford Convent’s c3 Contemporary Art Space has supported more than 2,000 artists to take risks, develop new contemporary multi-arts practices and build sustainable careers in the arts.
Today c3 attracts more than 3,500 visitors each month who come to connect with the gallery’s extensive program of multi-art form exhibitions and events, including visual and audio-visual arts, new media, design, craft, fashion, sound art, performance and architecture.
c3 adopts a hybrid model, presenting the large-scale access outcomes offered by public and institutional galleries, while remaining firmly anchored by its community-based, artist-run philosophy.
c3 is committed to the professional development of artists and arts administrators alike via mentoring, talks, workshops and internships. The gallery’s comprehensive hands-on approach assists artists in executing high-end exhibition outcomes, developing their individual practice, particularly in terms of curatorial refinement, and furthering their professional and ethical conduct.
In line with the Abbotsford Convent’s quest to be renowned for stimulating community engagement and cultural exchange through the wonderful and unexpected curiosities of our people and our place, c3 develops an extensive program including exhibitions, public programs, artist talks, events, online project labs and a range of multi-art form projects across the site which encourage participation and direct connection between artists and visitors.
c3 is a non-profit, non-commercial gallery. All revenue raised from exhibition fees goes directly to the day-to-day running of the gallery.
Exhibiting at c3
Each year, c3 accepts applications from local, interstate and international artists, curators, arts collectives, organisations and festivals to exhibit in the gallery’s annual exhibition program.
Practitioners in any field of creative endeavour are eligible to exhibit, including (but not limited to) visual and audio-visual arts, new media, design, craft, fashion, sound art, performance and architecture.
c3 aims to present a calendar of events showing works by young, emerging and established artists, and which reflect a diversity of age, gender and culture.
Applications for exhibiting in 2018 are now closed. See the c3 website for updates.
c3 exhibitions are held throughout the year, with new exhibitions launching approximately every six weeks, culminating in an annual gallery fundraiser held each December.
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