International Art Space (IAS) was established in 1998 by a team comprising two farmers, Tony York and Donna Dransfield, and two arts professionals from Perth, artist Rodney Glick and writer/curator Marco Marcon/
Until 2009 IAS’ operations were mainly carried out in and around the small town of Kellerberrin, in the Western Australian Wheatbelt. There, under the name IASKA (International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia), IAS ran a residency program, gallery and residential centre. In 2009 IAS relocated to Perth to launch spaced, an innovative new event, which saw an expansion of our operations to a wide range of locations and communities across Western Australian and beyond.
IAS’ core program is SPACED a recurring event of residency-based, context-responsive art projects. Each iteration of SPACED unfolds over a period of three years and encompasses a series of closely inter-related activities such residencies, exhibitions \, mentoring and educational programs, symposia and publications.
Alongside SPACED IAS also runs Know Thy Neighbour a series of temporary public art projects based in and around the Perth metropolitan area.
Our programs aim to:
Engage with the fabric of everyday life and social relations;
Straddle the disciplinary boundaries of art, science and technology, social activism, design and architecture;
Result in works that are more than objects for contemplation or a means of individual self-expression, but represent a process of negotiation and consultation between artists and specific social groups;
Create an artistic program that is meaningfully related to specific social and environmental contexts, while also reaching broad national and international audiences;
Encourage a dialogue between social realities that are usually separated by cultural, economic, ethnic or geographical distances or differences;
Diversify the life experiences of artists, so an enriched experience of diverse cultures is reflected in the contemporary visual arts.
International Art Space acknowledges the Aboriginal people of the many traditional lands and language groups of Western Australia, on which our projects take place. We recognise their continuing connection to these lands and waters, and thank them for their culture, knowledge, strength and ongoing custodianship. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.