Good ol’ BLINDSIDE continues to support our thriving contemporary art community by bringing the finest and most fantastical works to enthusiasts throughout Melbourne.

— Hugh Minbeing, Three Thousand (20 November 2012)


Our mission is:

To present a diverse program of experimental creative practice that supports artists, writers and curators at any stage of their development, and connects them with the community.

As our name suggests, we support art practices that are on the periphery, for it is there that creativity thrives and the new is born. Deeply engaged in contemporary art practices in Melbourne and beyond, we are a transformative space, which actively engages and challenges a diverse audience, creating new dialogues.

Our committed team provides unique and nurturing experiences for artists and their development, always striving to expand the sphere of artistic practice and empowering artists to see into fruition bold and spectacular new ideas.

We provide the opportunity for audiences to see the breadth of contemporary art practice from sculpture, drawing, painting and performance art, through to new media, video, sound, installation and craft. It is best if you are heading to our space, to expect the unexpected.

We take pride in supporting arts writers as well as artists. All of our exhibitions are supported with critical texts to contextualise the work. We are also committed to the role of education in the future of contemporary art practice and so we offer an extensive program of talks, workshops and forums for artists, the general public and visiting school groups.

With an expanding program and strong organisational rigour, and after a decade of developing and presenting contemporary art practice within the city of Melbourne, we are committed to becoming more responsive and engaged with our audiences and community than ever before.


BLINDSIDE’s strategic direction is managed by a voluntary board of dedicated arts professionals: Verity Hayward (Chair), Lucie McIntosh (Vice Chair),  Ian Macwhirter (Treasurer),  Arvind Vasan (Vice Treasurer), Lili Belle Birchall (Secretary), Lucie McIntosh (Grants Coordinator),  Xanthe Dobbie (Social Media Coordinator), Kali Michailidis (Public Programs Coordinator), Philippa Brumby (Development Coordinator), Lisa Mansfield (Graphic Designer) and Hana Vasak (Education Program Coordinator). We draw from the experience of our artistic directors and advisory board: Claire Anna Watson, Andrew Tetzlaff, Leslie Eastman, David Thomas and Kiron Robinson. BLINDSIDE also has an associate program of committed volunteers providing support for our Public Programs, Website, Gallery Invigilation and Photography.

BLINDSIDE also acknowledges its past members who have helped build the art space to what it is today.

BLINDSIDE is available for corporate events, please contact us if you are interested in hiring our space for your next function.

As a not-for-profit artist run space, BLINDSIDE seeks your support to keep our program running. Please donate to ensure that our program supports artists and remains vibrant and engaging. 100% of your donation will go towards keeping our gallery fees down and innovative art accessible to all. Please forward your Cheque or Money Order made out to ‘BLINDSIDE’ at Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000.

BLINDSIDE 2015 Annual Report

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