Take a look at what Art Pharmacy has been up to in 2023…
In 2023, Art Pharmacy delivered over 20 successful art projects across NSW, Victoria, and the ACT. We expanded our reach globally, presenting at four conferences and participating in three art and design festivals across six countries. Amidst our ventures, we proudly released our second book, The Art Project!
We are proud to report that in the fiscal year 2022-2023, Art Pharmacy contributed a total of $910,217.15 back into the creative economy.
We worked with or pitched to 303 artists across Australia, spanning 23 different artistic mediums.
Within this group, 24% were First Nations artists, 15% were from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, 25% hailed from rural communities, and 65% identified as female or gender non-conforming.
We kicked off the year with an art activation by Robin Clare in Chippendale’s Central Park NSW which ran from January – April.
In March, we completed Deloitte Sydney‘s corporate collection at Circular Quay’s brand new critically acclaimed skyscraper Quay Quarter Tower which featured works by over twenty of Sydney’s most exciting artists including Evi O, Kien Situ, Jessica Johnson and Kai Wasikowski.
In June, we installed Deloitte Canberra’s corporate art collection which responded to the city’s unique sense of balance and featured some of Canberra’s finest ceramicists, glass blowers and painters namely John Daly, Jennifer Kemarre Martinello and Kate Stevens.
In Artarmon, we installed two artworks by Kungarakan artist Toby Bishop AKA Yukupin.
In August, we oversaw 2022 Archibald Prize Winner Blak Douglas and his team paint an epic mural Route Canal on the side of a large heritage warehouse at Southend Lane, Alexandria.
In September, Rowena Martinich painted two 13-metre-high murals using brushes, rollers and a cleaning mop in a lively exploration of movement, colour, scale and point-of-view.
In Victoria, we had the pleasure of working with Bunurong elder Adam Magennis of Kaptify Art on a mural for Eumemmerring Business Park in the Dandenong region.
We worked closely with Yorta Yorta elder Glenda Nicholls on one of her final woven net artworks Dhungala for a lobby space on Collins Street in the CBD. We also worked with internationally renowned lighting designer Jonathan Ben-Tovim and celebrated digital artist James McGrath on commissioned artworks for the space.
Along the way, we presented our panel discussion The Art Project Series with Simone Barker (Zebrar) Thea-Mai Baumann (4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art), Mia Forrest (Digital Artist) Victoria Johnstone, Anna May Kirk and Joshua Thomson (Legs on the Wall) and was a participating booth at Semi Permanent Art & Design Fair.
In November, we made our international art fair debut at Westbund Art & Design Fair in Shanghai alongside our digital sister agency Sugar Glider Digital.
Finally, we launched The Art Project book in Sydney and Melbourne and produced ten episodes of season two of our art podcast series Art Glider: The Lightbulb Moment.
As the year comes to a close, we want to express our sincere thanks for supporting our small business. We are truly grateful for your continued support.
May this festive season bring you moments of warmth and joy with your loved ones. The Art Pharmacy team wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with prosperity, joy –– and creativity!
See you in ’24!