Living artists are at the core of Artspace’s existence. Artspace understands the contribution that artists make to a fully functioning civil society. Artists challenge, question and experiment. They unpick assumptions and stereotypes, and offer new, unpredictable and speculative visions of the world we live in. Through our multi-faceted approach to programming, Artspace fosters artists to develop new artworks, projects and dialogues. Artspace invests in artists beyond the confines of the exhibition cycle. Taking a long-term view, Artspace supports artists in developing sustainable careers. Since our inception, we have supported more than 5,000 artists and fostered a community of leading practitioners who continue to exhibit in national and international contexts.
Artspace launched the Future Fund for Living Artists in 2015 as the cornerstone of its fundraising strategy for large-scale donations. This signalled a decisive shift from the previous user-pay system by connecting a new generation of benefactors with high-level artistic engagement through our studio program. The aim of this is to develop long-term partnerships to support our programming objectives. Through these strategic partnerships we can better support artists and engage audiences.