As part of its mission to develop, foster and promote contemporary visual art and artists, the Australian Experimental Art Foundation provides non-residential studio space for subsidised lease. Its aim is to facilitate a dynamic, supportive and secure studio environment in order to foster the development of ideas and practices, increase networking and exposure opportunities, and to increase dialogues surrounding the contemporary visual arts in Adelaide.
locationHoused on two floors of purpose-built premises within the Lion Arts Centre in the arts and education precinct of Adelaide CBD, the Australian Experimental Art Foundation operates its gallery and the specialist Dark Horsey Bookshop on the ground floor and offices and studios on the first floor. The Lion Arts Centre also houses Jam Factory Contemporary Craft & Design, Craftsouth, Media Resource Centre & Mercury Cinema, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Leigh Warren & Dancers, Fowler’s Live, South Australian Living Artists Festival and Patch Theatre offices. The Lion Arts Centre is owned and maintained by the South Australian government.
The studios area comprises 200m2 divided into six 30m2 studios. Depending on demand and the requirements of artists, the studios are usually leased for 6-24 month periods. Amenities are shared with the aeaf and access to its equipment is facilitated. The studios have independent 24 hour access. Most studios are not secured by doors or locks and do not have ceilings. As a whole, the studios have a high cathedral-like ceiling with skylights and each studio has opening windows. Cooling is by evaporative air conditioning and there is overhead fluorescent lighting. Four of the studio spaces have independent water supply and double sinks. There is a gantry for loading large or heavy works. There is ample provision for power and a telephone for dedicated use by tenants. The studios are serviced for mechanical and electrical breakdowns occurring out of normal wear and tear. The EAF is a smoke-free building.