Micro Galleries reclaims disused and forgotten spaces and reactivates them as tiny galleries that are free and accessible to the local community. Bringing together international and local artists, it features work that challenges ingrained ideas, blurs the line between street art and fine art, and aims to help change the way we see the world, our environment and our community – even for a micro moment. Featuring artists from around the world as well as work by and through collaborations with locally-based artists from wherever we hit, Micro Galleries sneaks up on you from lane ways, scraps of forgotten land, ignored walls and unexpected potholes. Wander about, discover new works and don’t be surprised if they’ve disappeared, moved, or been changed by passers by.
Micro Galleries aims to demonstrate that art is for everyone and can have a positive impact on a community; that art does not have to only be presented in galleries and theatres, but can break out of these spaces and ingrain itself into a community; that a community can have ownership and involvement in the creation and appreciation of art work and that art can change how people perceive social issues or their environment in a positive way – even if it simply changes someone’s day for the better; that street art isn’t just graffiti and vandalism but a way to reactivate spaces in a community and change a town into a fun, exciting, curious and wonderful canvas of works. So, be curious, look twice, crouch down, stand on your tip-toes, squint, get up close, and peep into the cracks and crevices of the streets looking for new ideas, new perspectives and how artists can change the world, and your town… in small and creative ways. Want to know more, first? Throw your email in here (we will guard it like a micro vault) and be the first to hear about call outs, new town announcements and new project releases.
GOT SOME VISUAL SPOILS TO SPIN? For the first time ever, Micro Galleries is conducting an open callout to be part of our International Contributing Artist Collective for 2017. What Are We Looking For? Everyone. Everything. Emerging, established, professional, cross-industry, cross- discipline, all practices. We are open to new and innovative ideas or old methods placed in new contexts. We want people who are interested in disrupting an environment, a community and mindsets in positive ways to make positive change, in areas of need. Download all information here.
URBAN NASTY Check out Micro Galleries’ latest micro initiative: Urban Nasty There’s a gazillion nasty women out there who are the powerful provocateurs of urban arts, political change and soulful social challenge. #urbannasty is gonna make sure you know about them.
A fine art photographer, has been documenting humanity for the past 25 years. André’s work has appeared in publications including the Sunday Times Magazine, Royal Geographical Magazine, Wanderlust, Vogue and W Magazine.
Ariadne Sevgi Avkiran is a half-Turkish, half-Italian Austrian with a matching multi-disciplinary background. As a fine artist, she is researching the realms of non-verbal, tactile or implicit communication. Apart from creating tactile and visual work for the blind and seeing, she is also currently organising art projects in public space in order to research means of communications between people and art.
I am an Illustrator/Graphic designer based in Ubud, Bali. Mostly I work with a computer in the day time and pen, marker, brush and paper at night, creating characters based on everyday humans that I witness around me.
I’m a Spanish artist and designer (mainly Sculptor, Laser cuter and Exhibition Design), based in Austria. I don’t have a defined style, I try to use different techniques and love to learn new things. The only thing that characterises me is that I use to need a third dimension (sculptures and installations). In the last time I am working a lot with laser cuter and LED lights. I love the idea to bring technology to art to create new unseen stuff.
Art is the window into our brains that allows us to share what we see! I love messing with ideas, colour, light, shadows and running with lines to capture the lyrical poetry of life.
I’m a gleaner…I search and extract unsung views from our urban environment and use them as the subject of my photographic explorations.
Enjoys drawing animals and weird creatures, some with black-humor messages about our planet
CuriousWorks is a community arts and media organisation that identifies, nurtures and builds a new generation of storytellers.
We are Brodie and Daniel Jones; we met at the University of Wollongong in a Media Arts class which we shared on our way to acquiring our respective Bachelors of Creative Arts. We both have a Diploma of Education and teach Visual Arts and TAS (Technical and Applied Science) at Nowra Anglican College. We have a history of exhibiting separately and together in a variety of media.
Graffiti paste up technic
Elissa‘s art plays with the unwritten laws of every day life and explores the hidden structures behind western life style. Her artworks can be found out on the streets as well as inside galleries
Erin is a collaborative theatre artist who is driven to bring new work, to new audiences.
This native Austrian is, one could say, a sucker for sound; fascinated by certain natural and artificial sounds and how they can be used in new and unexpected ways.
A painter and sculptor working out of Langa Township in South Africa. His work represents the impact and results of how people can behave when handed a bad situation in life, and explores how we can perhaps try and change this. It is his hope that when people see his work, it will change how they perceive the people committing such acts and notice things about their life you might not have seen before.
Gigi Is a self taught social photographer based In Cape Town. She is currently a photography and visual artist student specialising in social documentary.
Visual artist using photography and installation. Works explore people managing their environment. Growth, change and elements of place.
I am an artist actively involved in social expression and activism through art. I create using screen printing, canvas, wood, stencil work and murals in public spaces.
Karya yang saya buat, lebih banyak melalui media visual seperti teknik grafis, sablon (screen printing) di beberapa medium kertas, kanvas dan kayu, selain itu saya juga membuat karya stencil dan mural di ruang publik.
Jane is a producer, strategic programmer and cross-cultural innovator, working in Australia and Asia in arts and culture. She speaks English and Bahasa and loves snorkelling, reading and admires vintage motorbikes, eastern arts and her dog.
Jim’s artworks bring together mathematics, algorithmic design and storytelling. His images and animations use complex geometric structures to create abstract and emotional worlds.
John Paine is a Sydney-based artist who has been making cartoons since he could hold a pencil. He is completely self-taught and does it all – from character design to flash animation.
Karena is an accomplished improviser and theatre maker. She is co founder of the artist collective Rue de la Rocket.
A theatre-maker, physical performer and writer, her work has been seen in Australia, UK and the USA
Kat creatively leads the global arts initiative Micro Galleries, is a Director of Sydney alternative arts space, The Red Rattler, is an Advisor for French-based global arts initiative United Sketch Freedom, is co-founder and creative collaborator with arts collective Rue de la Rocket, was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for Culture, and was shortlisted for the University of Sydney Alumni Awards. Kat is currently based between Hong Kong and Australia, and works as an urban disruptor and creator of public art interventions that focus on positive social change.
Artist and activist in exile, he is living and working in Paris since 2009. He gives educational lectures in the colleges and universities since 2010. Kianoush’s editorial cartoons appears regularly in Courrier International French magazine and other national and International media in France and other countries. He chose “Cartooning: The Art of Danger” for his TEDx talk in 2014, months before the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. He has been curating and directing International cartoon expos since 2011 in Europe [France, Sweden, Germany etc. ], and is the founder President of the United Sketches International Association supporting freedom of expression and Cartoonists in Exile.
People fascinate me. I often keep quiet and observe connections and subcultures with a sense of curiosity of what their story might be: the lives of the underground. I love to catch those moments that tell a story through my camera in a way that avoids the mainstream ‘norm’ of every day life. My work generally has a message about acceptance and raising awareness.
liina is environmental artist using colour-bomb techniques to blow your visual radar. Saturated rivers and rainbows coax you into a surreal dream, only for you to discover that they are created from rubbish.
Teacher of creativity, communication and self-discovery through Mail Art using various mediums, primarily collage. Collage is her medium, and the postal system is how she shares it.An active member of the International Union of Mail Artists, which connects her with people throughout the world.
Mark produces works that promotes a re-contextualisation of historical account and political theory through moving image.
I have been making art all my life, studying various art practices and now work in a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking and assemblage.
From documenting tribal anthropology in Irian Jaya to Black & White photography on the Tibetan Plateau, Noel has created unique projects with exceptional film crews from Scotland to New York, Geneva & Tokyo, China & Thailand. “I highlight the human spirit and share the rich diversity of our world’s cultural identities in positive flows. Just so you know, this is how I roll”
Ollla at Work (Olga Trevisan and Camilla Crosta) develops interventions in public spaces, enabling the participants to engage with social issues through simple actions.
Austrian street artist and activist uses basic techniques like writing quotes, doing stencils or even light installations in public and urban space. For him, its important that he can reach as many people as possible with his artwork and build up social awareness about problems that matters to him.
Art should always ensure audience accessibility and strive to provide a positive contribution to the community.
Sarah Sculley is a Brisbane-based urban artist who creates colourful, feminine, layered work. Inspired by the female form, typography and colour, Sarah mixes these elements to create her work on canvas, paper, surfboards and skate decks. She is inspired by personal events, emotional pitfalls and the constant need to find the positive in every situation.
Some Designers, Verein für Interaktive Medienkunst – is an organisation, whose focus is on artistic projects in the field of modern art and multimedia interactive exhibitions.
As an artist, I do paintings and murals. Most of my artworks are inspired by my love for Bali dogs and other animals.
I enlarge small creatures so we can better appreciate their value and modify our behaviour to protect their habitats.
A multi-disciplinary designer who likes colours and find beauty in most things.
This dynamic curator, teacher and photographer has a personality and vibrant as his art.
Tim’s work deals with different relationships which exist between people and the places they inhabit. It does so by celebrating and questioning things which are taken for granted or overlooked. Tim works with slab built ceramic sculpture and mixed media drawing in a Pop art inspired style. His art seeks to create fun playful reactions as a way to engage people in often serious topics such as social, political or environmental issues.
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Saya adalah seorang yang menekuni dunia rajut sejak duduk di bangku Sekolah Dasar, dan saya yakin apa yang saya tekuni ini adalah bagian dari hidup saya yang akan membawa saya pada kemungkinan kemungkinan baru dan gila
I knit, paper-cut, shadow puppet and dance. I believe my work opens me up to new possibilities – if it doesn’t make me insane!
Zena likes to think her art form is in removing the jargon and fluff around marketing, turning it into an easy to understand, practical tool that anyone can use. She has also been to known to throw impromptu performances during business meetings, especially when they are boring. Zena is Micro Galleries Marketing Strategic Lead for the Global Team.
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Micro Galleries would like to thank the following people, organisations and government bodies for their support and partnership which is making Micro Galleries possible in 2017.
Micro Galleries: Changing the World in small and creative ways, Jakarta is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Jason Stephenson / Relax Me Online
Micro Galleries would like to thank the following people, organisations and government bodies for their support and partnership which makes Micro Galleries possible in 2016.
Jason Stephenson / Relax Me Online
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Aarti Hemnani, Alexander Treves, Alison Mooney, Angie Veysi, Anita E, Anton Friedrich, Ben Tee, Bess Hepworth, Carol, Catherine O’Leary, Charlene Kirek, Craig, Gary Veysi, Jacqui Biffin, Jacqui Nolan-Neylan, Jeffrey Dettmann, Jenni Laird, Julia Brent, Kirsty Bolton, liina klauss, Lisa Bradley, Mark B, Markus Kehrer, Martha Sever, MBaur, Michael Nadin, Mim Golub Scalin, Penni Hall, Rachel Oakley, Simon Greer, Stuart Brown, Sylvie Ivens-Brunelle, Thomas A. Galli-Magerl, Thomas Lauter, Zena Churchill.
Micro Galleries would like to thank the following people, organisations and government bodies for their support and partnership which makes Micro Galleries possible in 2015.
This project (MG: Nowra) was made possible by the Australian Government’s regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australian, wherever they live, better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional and remote Australia.
Yayasan Manikaya Kauci, Bali
Nick Atkinson/Punch Presentations
Brendan Le Grange / Brendan Le Grange Thrillers
Jenni Laird & Jack Clegg
Jason Stephenson / Relax Me Online
Acacia – Kirsty Bolton – Karlene Carroll – Anna Corkhill – Vicky Chan – Erlend Depine – Erin Graham – Chris Hay – Aarti Hemnani – Bess Hepworth – Karen Herrero – Michelle Horton – Emilijia Jane – Bart Jawian – Laura Kenny – Suzi Krawczyk – Jenni Laird – Anja Lehman – Feargus Manning – Janine Marshman – Max & Buddy Consulting – Rachel Oakley – Jane Pyper – Mark Perez -Regine Pocsatko – Bryan Pownall – Kristin Ramsey – Thomas Robertson – Amanda Skye Smyth – Karena Thomas – Sarah York