BLINDSIDE welcomes proposals from artists, collectives and curators for solo and group exhibitions and performances across one or both gallery spaces. Alternatively, we welcome artists and curators to contact us to discuss exhibition ideas that are still in the planning stage. BLINDSIDE will assist artists and curators to seek funding and sponsorship and we help provide advice and letters of support.
BLINDSIDE doesn’t wish to discriminate against anybody. Artists who have difficulties with written English or access to computers etc are welcome to contact the gallery and make an appointment to discuss their proposal in person.
Blindside is currently accepting proposals for the 2014 exhibtion program. Please note that the deadline for submissions is midday on Friday 31 May 2013.
Although we welcome individual and group proposals at any time please note we schedule exhibitions approximately 6 to 12 months in advance and are not currently seeking out-of-time proposals for 2013.
- a three-week public exhibition
- the design and colour printing of a modest catalogue (designed to gallery format)
- the design and emailing of an electronic invitation (designed to gallery format)
- staff for opening night
- staff to invigilate the exhibition two days a week
- assistance with grant applications for further funding
- line listing in Art Almanac, Trouble and Gallery Guide
Additionally, BLINDSIDE can help put exhibiting artists in touch with writers and curators for catalogue essays. BLINDSIDE also maintains a digital archive and selected exhibition images will be featured on the website.
Exhibitions are open from 12 noon to 6 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Exhibiting artists will be responsible for sitting the space during opening hours for one and a half days a week (three days if exhibiting across Gallery One and Two). Openings are on the first Thursday night of the exhibition period from 6-8pm.
As a not-for-profit organization, BLINDSIDE takes no commission from the sale of any artworks. Nor do we allow sales stickers or prices to be exhibited on the gallery walls.
A 25% non-refundable deposit will be required on confirmation of exhibition booking and is to be paid within three weeks of acceptance notification. Artists with financial difficulties are urged to contact the committee as soon as possible to discuss alternative payment plans. The remaining balance is to be paid one month prior to installation. In addition to the exhibition fee, a $100 returnable bond will be taken. This amount will be returned after the exhibition concludes providing keys are returned and the space is returned to its original condition.
Installation can take place two days prior to the exhibition (on Monday and Tuesday). Basic tools are provided by BLINDSIDE, but artists should source any specific hanging requirements. A passenger lift operates in the building six days a week. The Nicholas Building also has a freight lift, which is accessible for the movement of large-scale and/or heavy work. If you have any questions regarding installation or tools, please contact us.
Exhibition dismantling takes place between 6pm on the final Saturday of the exhibition and 6pm the following Sunday. As BLINDSIDE has limited storage we appreciate prompt collection of work. Artists are responsible for any costs associated with the transportation and insurance of artwork.
BLINDSIDE is located on the seventh floor of the Nicholas Building, on the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street in Melbourne's Central Business District.
Gallery one exhibition space is forty square metres with a ceiling height of 3.40 metres. The long north-facing wall of the gallery is MDF. All other walls and floor are concrete.
Gallery two is twenty-five square meters with a ceiling height of 3.40 metres. The west and south-facing walls of the gallery are MDF and the remaining walls are concrete.
For detailed measurements click here.
The freight lift measures 1280mm wide by 2035mm deep and is 2010mm from floor to ceiling. The diagonal is 2380mm along the floor or 2960 from floor to ceiling. It is located down the hall and to the left from BLINDSIDE's gallery 1 entrance. The frieght lift opens onto the alleyway behind the Nicholas building (off Flinder's Lane).
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Nicholas Building level 7 room 14
37 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria 3000
Enter via lifts in Cathedrale Arcade corner of Flinders Lane
Open 12-6pm Tuesday to Saturday during exhibition program
BLINDSIDE is supported by the City of Melbourne.
BLINDSIDE's projects have been assisted by the Australian Government
through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory
body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the
Australian, State and Territory Governments.