This year Jugglers hosts another BARI Festival, a series of events to champion Artist Run Collectives in Brisbane. With the demise of The Hold Art Space ( West End) and White Canvas ( Fortitude Valley) spaces and places for artists to exhibit seem to be sliding off the radar. BARI makes a strong case for temporary spaces, accidental & short lived artist collectives and an event that exposes these collectives to the public. That has always been challenging as Brisbane is still growing into its art collective awareness having become used to a more linear white cube commercial and sometimes unadventurous ( or irrelevant extremes of) art. BARI was begun in 2008 by Randal Breen and Sam Eyles from Jugglers to create awareness and exposure for ARI’s. It has been a successful experiment and this bi-enniel (non) festival is due, again, under creative Directors Jac Bates and David Don to chip away at the ongoing transformation of Brisbane’s art DNA.
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