Bus Projects

Bus Projects Independent artist-run organisation, founded in 2001, and based on the unceded sovereign land of the

As First Peoples grieve the result of the referendum, Bus Projects continues to recognise the critical importance, now m...
23/10/2023

As First Peoples grieve the result of the referendum, Bus Projects continues to recognise the critical importance, now more than ever, of doing the work to support a larger project of decolonisation: through truth-telling, through solidarity, though advocacy. This includes recognising the ongoing impacts of colonisation, dispelling the myth that racism does not exist in Australia, supporting restitution and repatriation efforts, speaking up and out against discrimination, and interrogating and decentring dominant settler-colonial and Western epistemologies. In, around and associated with Bus Projects, there is no room for hate or division.

Bus Projects remains committed to the cultural safety of First Peoples and ensuring a safe and welcoming space for artists, staff, board and our extended community. It is our responsibility to evolve and develop our organisational and governance practices, and to centre First Peoples voices and experiences in our leadership and in the development and delivery of our artistic programming, policies and strategies.

Always was. Always will be.

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As part of our 2023 Fundraiser Exhibition, we are delighted to offer a chance to win an original artwork by leading Aust...
08/08/2023

As part of our 2023 Fundraiser Exhibition, we are delighted to offer a chance to win an original artwork by leading Australian artist Noel McKenna, ‘Brown Cat’, 2021. Raffle tickets are $22 each (in celebration of our 22nd anniversary), and are available to buy until 19 August. Purchase raffle tickets via this link: https://square.link/u/llOJiLpp

The raffle will be drawn on 24 August 2023, and winners will be contacted by email. Postage and delivery of prizes is the responsibility of the winner. You may buy as many raffle tickets as you like for multiple entries. The raffle draw will be conducted impartially, and a winner will be drawn at random from all the entries. The funds raised by the raffle will go directly to supporting Bus Projects’ 2023-2024 artistic program.

About the work:
Noel McKenna is one of Australia’s leading artists, known for his works depicting everyday life. Working across a range of mediums including oil painting, water colour, and ceramics, McKenna’s works frequently feature animals and interior scenes. McKenna was born in 1956 in Brisbane, Queensland, and has exhibited widely across Australia; his works are held in numerous private and public collections.
Brown Cat
2021
Ceramic tile
9 x 12 cm
Courtesy the artist and Niagara Galleries.

Image description: Two hands hold a Noel McKenna artwork depicting a line drawing of a cat in a room with a black floor and brown wall. The cat is painted onto a ceramic tile with a gloss finish.

NEWS: The Bus Projects Board is thrilled to announce Sophia Cai as Bus Projects’ new Artistic Director.Sophia joins Exhi...
11/05/2023

NEWS: The Bus Projects Board is thrilled to announce Sophia Cai as Bus Projects’ new Artistic Director.

Sophia joins Exhibitions Coordinator, Samm Sutton, who together will be our new creative team driving our artistic program forward.

The Board said: “We are excited to welcome Sophia to the team at this pivotal moment in Bus Projects' history. Bus Projects remains deeply committed to supporting artists and championing artistic agency. Sophia’s extraordinary curatorial practice and investment in the ambition of artists will bring new creative leadership, research and criticality to our artistic program.”

Sophia is a curator and arts writer based in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. Sophia’s curatorial practice is interested in Asian art histories, the intersections between contemporary art and craft, and feminist curatorial methodologies and community-building as forms of political resistance. Sophia also teaches at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne and Monash Art Design & Architecture, Monash University, while also maintaining an independent curating and writing practice.

Read more via the link in our bio.

Photograph: Malcolm King

Image description: A woman with dark hair and glasses stands on a bridge with a knitting project in her hands. She is smiling.


DONATE: Bus Projects is moving to Brunswick East! We are calling on our community to help us raise funds to realise our ...
08/05/2023

DONATE: Bus Projects is moving to Brunswick East! We are calling on our community to help us raise funds to realise our new gallery space, relaunch our artistic program and continue to build on our rich, 22-year history of supporting artists to create, collaborate and engage with the community.

With your support, we can create the next, exciting chapter of Bus Projects.

You can make a tax-deductible donation via our 2023 Australian Cultural Fund campaign. Follow the link in our bio or go to busprojects.org.au/support.

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NEWS: Bus Projects is moving to Brunswick East! Our new gallery is in a former site office on the ground floor of 7 Litt...
08/05/2023

NEWS: Bus Projects is moving to Brunswick East! Our new gallery is in a former site office on the ground floor of 7 Little Miller Street and is situated amongst a vibrant local community of artists, creative practitioners and peer organisations.

We are working towards reopening in July 2023, and will make further announcements soon about our new Artistic Director, upcoming exhibitions and programs and our 2024 Open Call for proposals.

Our new address is Ground floor, 7 Little Miller Street, Brunswick East, VIC 3057 ☺️

Read more via the link in our bio.

‼️Exciting opportunity: Bus Projects is seeking a passionate artist or arts worker to join the team in a key leadership ...
19/12/2022

‼️Exciting opportunity: Bus Projects is seeking a passionate artist or arts worker to join the team in a key leadership role as the Artistic Director. The Artistic Director provides artistic and strategic leadership to the organisation, working collaboratively with the Board to ensure long-term organisational sustainability. This opportunity arises at a pivotal moment in Bus Projects’ history, as we prepare to relocate to new premises and build an exciting new future for the organisation.

For a copy of the position description and more information on how to apply, follow the link in our bio.

Image description: People gather outside during a Bus Projects exhibition opening.

Image credit: Photography by Lucy Foster.

Just in: some lovely documentation of ‘Notions of Care’ at Ararat Gallery TAMA, which opened a few weeks ago with a perf...
15/12/2022

Just in: some lovely documentation of ‘Notions of Care’ at Ararat Gallery TAMA, which opened a few weeks ago with a performance by Arini Byng . ‘Notions of Care’ is a Bus Projects exhibition touring with NETS Victoria, and is showing throughout the summer until 26 February, 2023. Curated by Kathryne Genevieve Honey and Nina Mulhall.

Image credit: Photography by Keelan O’Hehir.


It's the last week to see our final exhibition program of 2023'- 'Tree Log Paper Book' organised by Dell Stewart, 'Splen...
07/12/2022

It's the last week to see our final exhibition program of 2023'- 'Tree Log Paper Book' organised by Dell Stewart, 'Splendor Soils' by Olivia Leigh Morris and 'To touch or strike a fondant ground [north proposition]' by Abbra Kotlarczyk.



The gallery is open Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm and Sunday 2-4pm.

Installation view of 'Splendor Soils' by Olivia Leigh Morris, photographed by Christo Crocker.

Image description: Three small silver castings sit atop a rusted steel shelf.

It's the last week to see our final exhibition program of 2023'- 'Tree Log Paper Book' organised by Dell Stewart, 'Splen...
07/12/2022

It's the last week to see our final exhibition program of 2023'- 'Tree Log Paper Book' organised by Dell Stewart, 'Splendor Soils' by Olivia Leigh Morris and 'To touch or strike a fondant ground [north proposition]' by Abbra Kotlarczyk.



The gallery is open Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm and Sunday 2-4pm.

Installation view of 'To touch or strike a fondant ground' by Abbra Kotlarczyk, photographed by Christo Crocker.

Image description: An artwork composited of various textured paper is suspended in front of a glass window.

Coming up on Sunday 11 Dec, 2-4pm: Bus Projects’ end-of-year celebration with a performance from Kelping (Lichen Kelp an...
06/12/2022

Coming up on Sunday 11 Dec, 2-4pm: Bus Projects’ end-of-year celebration with a performance from Kelping (Lichen Kelp and Dylan Martorell)!

To mark the closing of our final exhibitions at Collingwood Yards, we warmly invite you to our end-of-year celebration, featuring a performance by Kelping (Lichen Kelp & Dylan Martorell) as part of the exhibition 'Tree Log Paper Book', curated by Dell Stewart.

Join us to celebrate the year that's been and our time at Collingwood Yards!

Read more via link in bio.

Image description: Flowers suspended in frozen water.

Image credit: Lichen Kelp, 'Snap Frozen Sunshower', 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.



Coming up this Friday: Mega-Phone Mono-Poly at West Space and Bus Projects, Friday 9 December, 3-4pm. Beginning @ Bus Pr...
06/12/2022

Coming up this Friday: Mega-Phone Mono-Poly at West Space and Bus Projects, Friday 9 December, 3-4pm. Beginning @ Bus Projects. Free. No bookings necessary.

Join us for a reading-performance connecting the two parts of Abbra Kotlarczyk's exhibition 'To touch or strike a fondant ground [north and south propositions]' at Bus Projects and West Space. Moving between the two spaces, the performance will feature a reading of the exhibition's central text, composed by Abbra Kotlarczyk and read by artists Rosie Isaac and Chi Tran.

Presented in collaboration with West Space for Mega-Phone Mono-Poly, a day-to-night mega-plex of exhibitions, installations, screenings, performances, lectures,voices, music and more, presented by Liquid Architecture across Collingwood Yards.

Link in bio for more.

Image credits:
Image of Chi Tran by Tahmid Nurullah
Image of Rosie Isaac by Keelan O'Hehir







Our exhibitions 'Splendor Soils' by Olivia Leigh Morris, 'To touch or strike a fondant ground' by Abbra Kotlarczyk and '...
30/11/2022

Our exhibitions 'Splendor Soils' by Olivia Leigh Morris, 'To touch or strike a fondant ground' by Abbra Kotlarczyk and 'Tree Log Paper Book' curated by Dell Stewart continue until 11 December.

The gallery is open Wed-Fri 12-6pm and Sat 12-4pm.



Image: Installation view of 'Stinging nettle', 2022 by Olivia Leigh Morris. Photography by Christo Crocker.

Image description: A steel sculpture sits on the floor of a gallery.

We are pleased to be hosting workshops by Dell Stewart and John Brooks as part of the exhibition ‘Tree Log Paper Book’. ...
25/11/2022

We are pleased to be hosting workshops by Dell Stewart and John Brooks as part of the exhibition ‘Tree Log Paper Book’. Read more below and RSVP your place via the link in our bio ☺️

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‘Makeshift Looms’ with John Brooks
December 1, 4:30 - 6pm
Learn how to weave on a makeshift loom.
$20 General public / $15 Concession/unwaged

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‘Rock Pots’ with Dell Stewart
Dec 8, 4:30-6pm
Dec 10, 2:30-4pm
Experiment with hand-building techniques to create a small sculptural or functional ceramic form.
$50 General public / $40 Concession/unwaged

Image description: A collection of sculptures, paintings and textile works displayed in a white cube gallery by artists John Brooks, Nadine Christensen, Adam Cruickshank, Kate Just, Lichen Kelp, James Lemon, Ali McCann, Lucreccia Quintanilla and Dell Stewart.

Image credit: Installation view, ‘Tree Log Paper Book’, 2022. Curated by Dell Stewart. Photography by Christo Crocker.


Bus Projects in partnership with Radio Waves +Concepts is pleased to host Sisters Akousmatica and their presentation of ...
23/11/2022

Bus Projects in partnership with Radio Waves +Concepts is pleased to host Sisters Akousmatica and their presentation of Border_Radio, a conceptual and conversational enquiry about ownership of the airwaves in three acts: Phonic atolls ~ Spectrum Auction ~ Decolonising Wavelengths.

Saturday, 03 December 3-4pm.

Border_Radio was first commissioned by Pali Meursault for Shaping the æther at Espace Multimedia Gantner, France.

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nipaluna/Hobart based radio queens Sisters Akousmatica promote expanded radio projects that explore the radical possibilities of transmission since 2016. They create projects concerned with collective, feminist radio practices and auditory-spatial exploration.



Image: Sisters Akousmatica, Brum Brum, 2021. Photo: Mary Shannon/Junction Arts Festival.

We are opening at 1pm today so that we can visit Faculty of Fine Arts and Music] to preview the VCA Art Grad show and se...
22/11/2022

We are opening at 1pm today so that we can visit Faculty of Fine Arts and Music] to preview the VCA Art Grad show and select our 2023 graduate award winner.

The VCA Art Grad show opens tonight 5-8.30pm and is an unmissable showcase of emerging practice. Congratulations to the class of 2022!

Image description: An extreme closeup of someone's eye, blue and gazing into a stream of light.

Image credit: Katie Paine , 'On the Myopic Gaze of a Surrogate Eye', 2021, Single channel video, 5.50 mins

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music]

Our current exhibitions 'Tree Log Paper Book' a group show curated by Dell Stewart, 'Splendour Soils' by Olivia Leigh Mo...
16/11/2022

Our current exhibitions 'Tree Log Paper Book' a group show curated by Dell Stewart, 'Splendour Soils' by Olivia Leigh Morris and 'To touch or strike a fondant ground [north proposition] by Abbra Kotlarczyk- are currently on view until December 10.

The gallery is open Wed-Fri 12-6pm and Sat 12-4pm.



Image: Installation view of 'To touch or strike a fondant ground [north proposition]' by Abbra Kotlarczyk. Photography by Christo Crocker.

Image description: Artworks and text hang vertically across the facade of a bookshelf.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to last night’s opening!Our new exhibitions continue until December 11 and includ...
10/11/2022

Thank you so much to everyone who came to last night’s opening!

Our new exhibitions continue until December 11 and include solo shows by Olivia Leigh Morris and Abbra Kotlarczyk and the group show ‘Tree Log Paper Book’ curated by Dell Stewart and featuring work by by John Brooks, Nadine Christensen, Adam Cruickshank, Kate Just, Lichen Kelp, James Lemon, Ali McCann, Lucreccia Quintanilla, Dell Stewart.

Image caption:
An audience watches dry ice mist forming in vessels containing water and foraged plants, part of a sculptural installation by artist Lichen Kelp.

Image credit:
Lichen Kelp, ‘Spring, rain loop’, 2022, stainless steel, water, electric pump, stone, diatomaceous fabric and dry ice. Rain machine fabricated by Andrew Hustwaite.












Tomorrow night we're excited to open 'Splendour Soils' a solo exhibition by Olivia Leigh Morris. Join us tomorrow evenin...
08/11/2022

Tomorrow night we're excited to open 'Splendour Soils' a solo exhibition by Olivia Leigh Morris.

Join us tomorrow evening from 6-8pm to celebrate the opening of our final exhibition program for 2022!



Image description: A black and white photograph of two legs standing on an uprooted tree trunk.

Tomorrow night we're excited to present 'To touch or strike a fondant ground [north proposition]' an exhibition by Abbra...
08/11/2022

Tomorrow night we're excited to present 'To touch or strike a fondant ground [north proposition]' an exhibition by Abbra Kotlarczyk.

As a follow-up to ‘A sonorous draft; a lexicon of windjamming’ (Blindside Gallery, 2021), this work takes up residence in the reading room and window exhibition spaces at Bus Projects (the ‘north proposition’ of the title) and West Space (the ‘south proposition’ of the title, which opens on 19 November).

Join us from 6-8pm to celebrate the opening of 'To touch or strike a fondant ground [north proposition]'.



Image description: Detail of an artwork showing perforated lettering and dirt on paper.

08/11/2022
Tomorrow night we celebrate the opening of 'Tree Log Paper Book' a group show curated by Dell Stewart featuring John Bro...
08/11/2022

Tomorrow night we celebrate the opening of 'Tree Log Paper Book' a group show curated by Dell Stewart featuring John Brooks, Nadine Christensen, Adam Cruickshank, Kate Just, Lichen Kelp, James Lemon, Ali McCann, Lucreccia Quintanilla and Dell Stewart.

Join us from 6-8pm to celebrate our final exhibition program of 2022!



Image description:

[1] Black text on a white tile reads 'Tree Log Paper Book'.
[2] In offset order black text on a white tile reads 'John Brooks, Nadine Christensen, Adam Cruickshank, Kate Just, Lichen Kelp, James Lemon, Ali McCann, Lucreccia Quintanilla and Dell Stewart.
[3] Black text on a white and grey tile reads'Opening: 6pm Wed Nov 9 All welcome Bus Projects Collingwood Yards'

~OPENING NEXT WEEK~Join us Wednesday 9 November, 6-8 pm to celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions:Tree Log Paper...
02/11/2022

~OPENING NEXT WEEK~

Join us Wednesday 9 November, 6-8 pm to celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions:

Tree Log Paper Book curated by Dell Stewart and featuring work by John Brooks, Nadine Christensen, Adam Cruickshank, Kate Just, Lichen Kelp, James Lemon, Ali McAnn, Lucreccia Quintanilla, Dell Stewart

Splendor Soils by Olivia Leigh Morris

To touch or strike a fondant ground [north proposition] by Abbra Kotlarczyk.

Image captions:
1. A knitted portrait of the artist Orlan in a red jumper against a bright green background.
2. A black and white photo of two legs standing on an uprooted tree trunk, covered in mud.
3. A drawing that dwells in the soft bodies of local Merri Creek clays and their vegetal and bacterial kin, as found around the artist’s home in Fawkner.

Image credits:
1. Kate Just, Feminist Fan #27 (A portrait of the artist Orlan by Fabrice Lévêque in 1997), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.
2. Olivia Morris, Splendor Soils, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.
3. Abbra Kotlarczyk, Tense drunken earth seeks insurgent geology (detail, back), 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.












It's the final days to see our current exhibitions by Tiyan Baker and Gabi Briggs, Nayuka Gorrie, Dtarneen Onus-Browne a...
27/10/2022

It's the final days to see our current exhibitions by Tiyan Baker and Gabi Briggs, Nayuka Gorrie, Dtarneen Onus-Browne and Meriki Onus.



The gallery is open from 12-6pm today, drop by to escape the rain!

Installation documentation by Christo Crocker.

Image description: the interior of a structure sits suspended in a gallery. Within it is black mulch and a red kidney-shaped cushion.

It's the final week to see our current exhibitions 'IRBELA: turn into transcendence' by Gabi Briggs, Nayuka Gorrie, Dtar...
26/10/2022

It's the final week to see our current exhibitions 'IRBELA: turn into transcendence' by Gabi Briggs, Nayuka Gorrie, Dtarneen Onus-Browne and Meriki Onus and 'My Mother's Tongue' by Tiyan Baker.



Bus Projects is open Wed-Fri 12-6pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

Installation documentation by Christo Crocker.

Image description: An artificial pond in the shape of a mouth holds a body of water with text projected onto its surface.

It's the final week to see our current exhibitions 'IRBELA: turn into transcendence' by Gabi Briggs, Nayuka Gorrie, Dtar...
26/10/2022

It's the final week to see our current exhibitions 'IRBELA: turn into transcendence' by Gabi Briggs, Nayuka Gorrie, Dtarneen Onus-Browne and Meriki Onus and 'My Mother's Tongue' by Tiyan Baker.



Bus Projects is open Wed-Fri 12-6pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

Installation documentation by Christo Crocker.

Image description: a structure lined with black sheer curtains is suspended in a gallery and inside is a red kidney shaped cushion.

Thanks to everyone who came to our opening last night! Exhibitions by  and , Nayuka Gorrie, Dtarneen Onus-Browne and Mer...
29/09/2022

Thanks to everyone who came to our opening last night!

Exhibitions by and , Nayuka Gorrie, Dtarneen Onus-Browne and Meriki Onus continue until 29 October.

Image description: Gabi Briggs, Nayuka Gorrie, Dtarneen Onus-Browne and Meriki Onus discussing the making of the exhibition ‘IRBELA: turn to transcendence’ in front of an audience.

For the latest issue of their wonderful Conversations series, our friends at Runway Journal have published an interview ...
20/09/2022

For the latest issue of their wonderful Conversations series, our friends at Runway Journal have published an interview conducted as a part of last years disorganising project with West Space and Liquid Architecture. For this interview disorganising member Joel Stern spoke with members of Arika, a political arts organisation concerned with supporting connections between artistic production and social change.



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From Runway Journal:

The twelfth Runway Journal x All Conference Conversation comes from the disorganising project, a joint program initiated by current All Conference members Liquid Architecture, West Space and Bus Projects. disorganising was an expansive, collaborative project conducted over the
course of 2021, in which the three organisations looked
to experiment with divergent ways of organising and creating. Throughout the project, members from each
organisation undertook a series of conversations with self-organised initiatives and individuals based in Australia and overseas. Interviewed by Joel Stern, the first conversation from this series is with Barry Esson and Bryony Mclntyre from Arika.



Image description:
[1] Black text on a white background reads 'All Conference/interviewed by Joel Stern/Runway x disorganising conversations series: Barry Esson and Bryony Mclntyre - Arika/Runway Conversations'

[2] Black text on a white background reads "Whether we
continued individually or collectively, we had responsibilities to each other in our entanglement. What is the corporate body, how do you manifest it, and in what situation?"

Installation is underway on our next exhibitions 'My Mother's Tongue' by Tiyan Baker and 'IRBELA: turn into transcendenc...
20/09/2022

Installation is underway on our next exhibitions 'My Mother's Tongue' by Tiyan Baker and 'IRBELA: turn into transcendence' by Gabi Briggs, Nayuka Gorrie, Dtarneen Onus-Browne and Meriki Onus.

Opening details to be announced soon!



Image description: Two ladders foreground a black organza cube and a red kidney-shaped bean bag

The gallery is closed this week while installation is underway for our upcoming exhibitions 'My Mother's Tongue' by Tiya...
19/09/2022

The gallery is closed this week while installation is underway for our upcoming exhibitions 'My Mother's Tongue' by Tiyan Baker and 'IRBELA: turn into transcendence' by Gabi Briggs, Nayuka Gorrie, Dtarneen Onus-Browne and Meriki Onus.

Opening details to be announced soon!



Image: juruh (the thorn in durian), 2020, installation view, photo by Document

Image description: Durian shells lay around a pond made from soil in a gallery floor

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Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Friday 12pm - 6pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm

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