about the aeaf: welcome to our 37th year of operation
1. Our apprehension of the world is active, not passive, and art displays an emergent apprehension. 2. Art is only incidentally and not essentially aesthetic. Art is concerned with every kind of value and not particularly with beauty. 3. Art interrogates the status quo; it is essentially, and not incidentally, radical. 4. Art is experimental action: it models possible forms of life and makes them available to public criticism (Donald Brook, c.1974)
The Australian Experimental Art Foundation was established in 1974 by a small group of Adelaide artists and theorists in order to both encourage new approaches to the visual arts and to promote the idea of art as 'radical and only incidentally aesthetic'. Its inaugural Director was Noel Sheridan.
The aeaf incorporates a gallery space, bookshop and artists studios. The aeaf curates its exhibition program to represent new work that expands current debates and ideas in contemporary art and culture. The contemporary visual arts sector that the Foundation supports, promotes, and seeks to stimulate includes practices that are inter-disciplinary and research-driven and have various gallery, project and urban outcomes.
Christine Morrow is the organisation's 10th Director.
Robyn Archer singer, writer, director, artistic director and public advocate of the arts, is a Patron of the aeaf
Drop in and visit the exhibition space and bookshop, become a member and receive postal invitations to events, 10% discount in the bookshop, and a vote at general meetings.