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Judith Wright Arts Centre Gallery

Outer Space has been selected through a Queensland Government EOI process to manage and activate the Judith Wright Arts Centre (JWAC) gallery space in 2021, supported by a programming budget of up to $100,000 to showcase Queensland artists. Outer Space will immediately commence its programming of the JWAC gallery. The first exhibition is due to open in April.

Outer Space is a not-for-profit contemporary arts organisation with a track record of collaborating with artists and arts workers to develop, make, and present critically engaged creative practice in a supportive professional environment.

Outer Space’s tenancy and programming of the gallery will contribute to making the venue a vibrant site engaged in creation, innovation, collaboration and arts presentation.

The EOI

Arts Queensland evaluated Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from small to medium arts organisations to manage and activate the Judith Wright Arts Centre (JWAC) Gallery commencing from 1 February 2021 for a period of 12 months (with option to extend for a further 12-month period).

JWAC focuses on supporting the small to medium arts and cultural sector in Queensland through provision of accessible office accommodation and spaces for creative development and presentation. The centre houses ten arts and cultural tenants, and two commercial tenants and features a 300-seat performance space, multipurpose and rehearsal spaces, meeting rooms and art galleries.

In 2019, the Queensland Government undertook refurbishment of the centre’s frontage and foyers to increase the centre’s capacity to meet its aims.  The work, completed in June 2020, created a new gallery space, café, foyers, and tenancy spaces at the front of the building. 

The Opportunity

  • manage and activate the Judith Wright Arts Centre Gallery space rent-free for 12 months (with option to extend for a further 12-month period)
  • Up to $100,000 programming budget to support Queensland artists

The gallery space at JWAC is a well-appointed and prominent gallery space with direct access to Brunswick Street. There is alternative access through JWAC’s main foyer. This EOI is for small to medium arts organisations who wish to manage and activate the JWAC gallery. Gallery specifications are detailed in the EOI document.

Arts Queensland is offering the JWAC Gallery with the tenancy to be rent in-kind to 1 February 2022.

Application process

Stage 1: EOI submissions and evaluations

Applications closed on 2 November 2020:  EOI document  (DOCX) (316.95 KB). Applications were submitted to : JWACGalleryEOI@arts.qld.gov.au

Stage 2: Direct negotiations with shortlisted parties to secure leases

Key Dates

Stage 1

  • EOI Open - From 9 September to 2 November
  • JWAC Guided Site Tours - 21 - 23 September 2020
  • Final Date for Clarifications - 16 October 2020
  • EOI Submission Deadline - 4pm 2 November 2020
  • Evaluation of Offers - From 4 November 2020

Stage 2

  • Direct Negotiations (by invitation only to shortlisted parties) - From 9 November 2020
  • Execute Lease and Send Notifications - From 30 November 2020