Background

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The spaced program evolved from our previous operations under the name of IASKA, formerly International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia. IASKA was formed in 1998 by farmers and art professionals interested in exploring cultural identity through art. Until 2008 IASKA’s activities were mainly carried out 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.

In 2009 IASKA relocated to Perth, re-launching ourselves as spaced. 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 artist residencies, context-specific projects, solo exhibitions, touring group exhibitions, publications, educational and mentoring programs.

spaced brings together international and Australian artists with communities throughout Western Australia to explore the relationship between globalisation and local identity. spaced comprises commissioned  projects developed in partnership with local arts groups and other organisations, particularly in socially, geographically and economically disadvantaged communities. The program focuses on modes of practice that aim to produce work by engaging with, and intervening in, everyday social relations and situations. Special emphasis is 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.

spaced aims to:

The spaced 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.

spaced is leading Australia in this field, offering the only program of this kind in rural, remote and regional areas. Through our program we aim 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, spaced aims to significantly increase audience interest and engagement with contemporary cultural production.