The Echuca Moama Arts Initiative (EMAI) is a not-for-profit volunteer run community organisation established in 2010 to raise the profile of the arts and cultural activities in our region. The Foundry Arts Space has been the home of EMAI since 2015 and is located in a restored foundry building in the heart of the historic Echuca Port precinct. The Foundry Arts Space welcomes artists, musicians and all creatives to share this historic but contemporary building. The Foundry attracts over10,000 visitors a year.
The annual exhibition program is designed to offer the opportunity for local and national artists to exhibit in this unique space. The curators will be looking for a diverse range of exhibitions with a cross section of art styles and genres. The aim is to deliver a fresh unique experience to the community and visitors to the Echuca Moama region. Joint exhibitions by artists are encouraged and if an artist does not think they have sufficient work for a solo exhibition, the gallery curators would be pleased to assist in finding a suitable partner. Exhibition curators, at their discretion and with the agreement of the artist may suggest a different supporting creative partnership such as sculpture with a painting exhibition to enhance the overall exhibition experience and attendance. The duration of an exhibition hire period is taken from the opening (generally Friday) until closing days (generally Sunday). Additional “pop-up” events may take place during exhibitions such as performance, music or poetry readings as well as individual artists or curators talks. These events attract more people to the gallery and enhance the visitor experience. Artists with ideas or concepts for pop-up events or activities are encouraged to submit an expression of interest.
Foundry Arts Space and the facilities are provided to exhibitors based on a fixed hire rate plus commission on works sold from or as a result of the exhibition.
The hire rate will depend on the duration of the exhibition and is as follows:
• up to 3 weeks $420.00
• 4 weeks $500.00
All hire rates include a $150.00 non-refundable administration fee. Chargeable workshops run by the exhibitor in association with the exhibition may be subject to a separate hire rate negotiated on the duration, scope and requirements.
The Foundry Arts Space charges 20% commission on all artworks sold. The artist is to provide a typed (MS Word or Excel) inventory of all artworks 2 weeks prior to the hire period commencing (a template can be provided if requested). Prices must include the 20% commission. The balance of sales will be forwarded to the artist within four weeks of the conclusion of their exhibition. Discounting artwork during an exhibition is not permitted.
Bump in time for all exhibitions is generally the Monday prior to opening at 10am or by negotiation.
The Foundry Arts Space curatorial team will install the exhibition.
All works are to be delivered clean and undamaged: clearly labelled with the artists name, title, medium and price; ready to hang with D hooks to suit our gallery hanging system.
Any other methods of display are to be agreed upon before delivery of artworks and should be discussed when booking the venue to ensure we are able to accommodate your requirements.
Handling methods should accompany all delicate or heavy items.
Exhibitors are required to remove all artworks from The Foundry Arts Space between 4pm and 5pm on the last day of their exhibition or by negotiation.
Whilst the Foundry and its volunteers will make every effort to safeguard your artworks, the artworks are not insured by us whilst in transit or being exhibited at the Gallery.
Insurance if required is the responsibility of the artist.
The hirer is required to man the exhibition for at least one full day per week.
Statistics show that art sales are maximized when the artist is in attendance.
The Foundry is manned by volunteers, at all other times, subject to availability.
The Foundry Exhibition Team reserves the right to exclude works from the exhibition if they are deemed unsuitable or if they have been previously exhibited at the Foundry or are in a damaged or unclean state.
Opening event dates are held on a Friday evening at 6pm (unless otherwise agreed).
The Foundry will provide standard catering including refreshments for opening events for up to 25 max.
An opening event runs for up to 2 hours. To ensure a smooth exhibition opening, information on the name of your guest speaker, anticipated numbers, and VIP’s that may be attending the event, is required 2 weeks prior to exhibition opening.
Exhibitors will be provided with electronic copies of all marketing material prior to the event.
As a general rule we allow artwork to be photographed for marketing purposes and by the general public. If you would prefer your artworks not to be photographed, please notify us in writing and the necessary signage will be provided. Please be aware that this can be difficult to enforce.
Artists proposing to undertake workshops associated with their exhibition are advised to undertake a risk management plan for their workshop activities including all aspects of OHS as required by legislation. These should include covering the safety of all people involved, provision for special needs and safety checks on equipment and materials to be brought onto the premises and used in activities.
In addition to the gallery hanging system and lighting the Foundry Arts Space has available for exhibitors the following resources for use in the exhibition or presentation:
• Folding trestle tables (6)
• Folding chairs (50)
• Plinths, white – various sizes (6)
• Video Screens.
The Foundry Art Space may, during the period of all exhibitions, undertake additional activities within the gallery. Exhibitors will be advised of such activities to enable them to participate if they should so wish.
Artists are invited (or group for a joint exhibition) from a range of disciplines who are interested in exhibiting their work in this unique art space to tell us more about themselves and their work by providing the following information:
In addition to filling out this webform you are required to also email us the following:
• Images/video of typical work as a jpeg max 300dpi (PDFs are not acceptable).
• Other supporting material such as awards, exhibition reviews, references, newspaper articles etc should be provided in hard copy OR in the following electronic format: word, excel, jpeg, pdf.