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, who were interested in exploring the relationship between local dimensions of cultural identity through art.
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.
Since its inception, IAS has run more than 100 residency-based projects by artists from 20 countries and organised four national touring exhibitions.
- To foster new and more productive modes of interaction between contemporary artists and communities.
- To support artistic practices that engage non-specialist audiences without compromising professional excellence, rigor and topicality.
- To promote a dialogue between regional, metropolitan and international perspectives.
Today, IAS’ core program is the production of spaced, a recurring event of Australian and international context-responsive art. Spaced showcases newly commissioned artworks developed in response to the distinctiveness of regional and remote sites and communities. Spaced seeks to foster the development of new modes of interaction between artists and communities that take place within a dialogue of regional, metropolitan and international points of view.
Each spaced program unfolds over a period of three years comprising a series of residencies, solo exhibitions and events, mentoring and educational activities, symposia, publications, a final group exhibition in a major metropolitan venue, and a subsequent national touring exhibition.
The inaugural spaced event, spaced: art out of place (2010-12) was presented in partnership with 16 regional and remote WA communities, along with the Fremantle Arts Centre. Whilst, the second iteration spaced 2: future recall (2013-15), was produced in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum, and 12 communities from across Western Australia and beyond.
Commencing in 2016, spaced 3: north by southeast is the first of a future series of spaced programs, which will focus on artistic exchanges with specific geo-cultural regions.
Spaced aims 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.
Alongside spaced IAS runs Know Thy Neighbour a series of temporary public art projects based in and around the Perth metropolitan area.