The International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia (IASKA) is a groundbreaking art organisation based on a unique idea: to run a cutting-edge program of residencies, site-specific projects and exhibitions, touring exhibitions, educational programs and mentoring programs by distinguished contemporary artists in a remote rural community.
IASKA’s gallery and studio space are located in the small town of Kellerberrin, 210 kilometers east of Perth, in the heart of the Western Australian Wheatbelt. Each year IASKA invites several artists from Australia and overseas to live and work in Kellerberrin or other rural centres for periods of up to three months, interacting with the community and developing original artworks based on their experience of the place and people.
IASKA offers artists an opportunity to work for an extended period of time in a social environment that is quite different from the urban milieu that is the usual context of production and distribution of the contemporary arts. This new experience provides artists with a major stimulus to experiment with new ideas, approaches and modes of production, encouraging artists to rethink and renegotiate their role in such unfamiliar social contexts. It also invites communities to be receptive to creative practices that don’t conform to traditional expectations.
New works created by artists during their stay are presented at IASKA at the end of each residency. Every two years IASKA organises a large national touring exhibition featuring a selection of works produced by the artists in residence, which is then showcased to a diverse range of audiences in metropolitan and regional centres around Australia.
Artists are invited to participate in projects focusing on distinctive rationales or themes. Individual projects are incorporated within a structured framework of closely inter-related activities.
The four components of the program are: