Artbank announces new video commissions - Art Collector

Heath Franco, Your Door, 2011. Video still, HD digital video, colour, stereo sound, 16:9, 8 min 17 sec. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie pompom, Sydney

5 February 2013 | Artbank director Tony Stephens has begun to unveil the 2013 plans for the nation's largest collector of contemporary Australian art.

Established in 1980 by the federal government, Artbank is now a self-funding institution and its collection is worth approximately $35 million. It loans out artworks to private and public institutions and uses the revenue to maintain the collection.

Stephens was appointed Artbank's director in October last year and is looking at taking the organisation in a new direction to raise the profile of its collection and of contemporary Australian art generally. The organisation is undergoing a rebranding and will be launching an online catalogue and program-based season this year.

Stephans has also announced that approximately a quarter of Artbank's annual acquisitions budget will go towards commissioning new works. For 2013, Artbank will unveil six video commissions by The Kingpins, Liam O'Brien, Heath Franco (above), Laresa Kosloff, Mark Shorter and Justene Williams. These commissions will form part of Artbank's growing video art collection and will be used throughout the organisation's online platforms.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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