IASKA's Mission
IASKA seeks to foster the development of new and more productive modes of interaction between contemporary artists and communities by supporting artistic forms that engage with everyday social situations and are based on an exchange between regional, metropolitan and international points of view. Our philosophy is based on the idea that contemporary art should not be isolated in its specialist domain but be an active participant in a broad, cross-disciplinary dialogue involving a wide range of other cultural and social practices. Progressive change in contemporary art is more likely to emerge from an exploration of new ways of engaging the social context than from simply experimenting with new materials, techniques or styles.

IASKA is leading Australia in this field, offering the only program of this kind in rural, remote and regional areas. Through our programs IASKA aims to promote a dialogue between realities that are usually separated by cultural, social, economic, ethnic or geographical distances. We aim to provide established Australian and international artists with varied and challenging opportunities that diversify their life experience so that Australian culture, in its many forms, is reflected in the contemporary arts. By facilitating a direct connection between communities and contemporary art, IASKA aims to significantly increasing audience interest and engagement with contemporary cultural production in traditionally disadvantaged areas

IASKA's History
IASKA, formerly International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia, was formed in 1998 by farmers and art professionals interested in exploring cultural identity through art. We are a non-profit organisation that runs an international program of visual arts/new media projects that are based on an in-depth engagement with specific local social and environmental situations. Our activities comprise context-specific projects, solo exhibitions, touring group exhibitions, publications, educational and mentoring programs. Until 2008 IASKA's activities were carried out mainly in and around the small town of Kellerberrin, 210 kilometres east of Perth.

View IASKA's previous website from our first decade of operations here.

From 2011 IASKA will present Spaced, a biennial event of collaborative, socially engaged visual arts projects in communities throughout Western Australia as well as several overseas locations. Geographically separate situation-specific projects will be the nodes of a network and the participants in a dialogue between culturally and geographically distant places.

Spaced will comprise residency-based projects developed in partnership with local arts groups and other organisations, particularly in socially, geographically and economically disadvantaged communities. The new program will focus on modes of practice that aim to produce work by engaging with, and intervening in, everyday social relations and situations. Special emphasis will be given to approaches that attempt to open art to non-artistic forms of social practice such as science and technology, social activism, design and architecture. This approach is representative of important aspects of the contemporary international art scene and reflects the artistic line that IASKA has been developing since its inception.

IASKA aims to:
- increase access to contemporary art in regional areas
- create diverse, challenging experiences for established artists
- broaden Australian contemporary arts expression
- increase arts-related professional development, mentoring and educational activities in regional areas