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SafARI 2014 will be documented in an extensive post-exhibition catalogue. This publication will include artist profiles, essays, images and other documentation that responds directly to the exhibition.

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For SafARI LIVE schedule click here



Date + Time: Friday 14 March, 6 – 9pm
Location: Starting at DNA Projects and followed by Wellington Street Projects and The Corner

Performances by SafARI artists Gemma Messih & Ally Bisshop and SafARI LIVE artists Linda Brescia, Alexandra Clapham & Penelope Benton, Beth Dillon and OK Yeah Cool Great.



Date + Time: Sunday 16 March 2014, 10am – 4pm
Location: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St, Paddington

An exciting discussion between Australian and international speakers exploring the roles and diverse models of artist run initiatives in the region. This one-day event will examine how different initiatives operate within their immediate social, cultural, political and economic realities.

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Speakers include:

* Reza Afisina, member of ruangrupa (Jakarta, Indonesia)

• Kate Beckingham, MOP committee member, SafARI 2014 artist (Sydney, Australia)

* Coke Bolipata, Elmer Bolipata & Plet Borlongan, members of Casa San Miguel Foundation (Zambales, Philippines)

• Will French, artist and former Director of Firstdraft (Sydney, Australia)

• Lisa Havilah & Glenn Barkley, Co-Founders and Co-Directors of Project Contemporary Artspace Wollongong 1995 – 1998 (Wollongong, Australia)

• Caleb Kelly, Curator/Producer and the founder of PELT, a space dedicated to post-object practices that intersect with sound (Sydney, Australia)

* Brigid Noone, Co-Director Fontanelle (Adelaide, Australia)

• Mike Parr, Co-Founder of Inhibodress, Sydney 1970-1972 (Sydney, Australia)

* Lisa Radford, current member, TCB art inc. (Melbourne, Australia)

* Nick Spratt, founder and Co-Director of RM (Auckland, New Zealand)

* Julian Day, artist, Co-Director Super Critical Mass, board member SafARI (Sydney, Australia)

* Amy Griffiths, grassroots cultural organiser and COFA researcher (Sydney, Australia)

* Louise Bennett, co-director, Accidentally Annie Street Space (Brisbane, Australia)



Saturday 22 March

Location + Time: DNA Projects, 11am

The Cross Art Projects, 2:15pm

Alaska Projects, 3:30pm



Date + Time: Saturday 22 March, 11am – 5pm
Location: All SafARI venues

An Artcycle tour of all SafARI 2014 venues, commencing in Chippendale and continuing to the Conductors Project. The tour will then head to Kings Cross, concluding at ALASKA Projects. BYO bike!
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Date + Time Sunday 30 March, 10am – 11.30am
Location: Darlington Street Studio

Children’s mask-making workshop with SafARI artist Linda Brescia Suitable for children aged 3 – 10 All materials supplied
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All events are FREE


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SafARI 2014 will take place from 14 March – 4 April 2014 across 6 venues around inner city Sydney. For venue details click here.

Opening Hours: Wednesday through to Sunday, 12pm – 6pm.

To find the nearest location to you, please see the map below. For more information about our venues follow this link.

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SafARI 2014 is open to the public, free of charge from 14 March – 4 April 2014

Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm*

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SafARI 2014 team

Christiane Keys-Statham | Co-curator |

Liz Nowell | Co-curator |

Carrie Mulford | Exhibition Manager |

Alessandra Orsi | Marketing Manager |

*Hours may vary at some venues. For more detailed information follow this link

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SafARI depends on the critical support and enthusiasm of its volunteer team.

This is an invaluable opportunity to gain experience working in an artist-run initiative in Sydney that embraces radical models of presentation.  Working in a fast-paced and exciting atmosphere, you will gain knowledge of exhibition procedures, artist liaison and event production.

Why Volunteer?

  • To support emerging artists in Australia
  • To support Sydney’s artist run initiatives (ARIs)
  • To gain experience working with artists, ARIs and arts organisations
  • To engage with audiences

Volunteers will receive invitations to all SafARI events and will work closely with the curators, exhibition manager and marketing coordinator. We will need volunteers for exhibition installation, invigilation, public programs and events. Volunteers give between 6 and 24 hours over the course of the three-week exhibition period.

To apply, please send Carrie Mulford a brief statement regarding your interest in SafARI and availability between Wednesday – Sunday, 14 March – 4 April.


SafARI believes in supporting the future of the arts by promoting those who will shape the Australian art world. Since it began, SafARI has provided numerous opportunities for artists, curators, writers, designers and art workers and we invite you to come on SafARI with us.

Show us some love by making an online donation that will help us to realise the ambitious and exciting program for SafARI 2014. You’ll make our fantastic artists and the SafARI team very happy!

Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia the donation process is very quick and easy. Simply click on the link button below:

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SafARI was created in 2004 to provide international visitors in Sydney for the Biennale of Sydney an opportunity to experience alternative venues. Today SafARI has a cult following built from the sheer love of potential it represents for future generations; artists, curators, writers, designers, art workers and audiences alike.

Since its beginnings, SafARI has gone from strength to strength, yet remains true to where it came from and why. SafARI’s aim was to highlight the little known and often inaccessible venues that are the breeding ground of future creative generations – the Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs), hence the name. At a time when Sydney hosts its most important international visual arts event, SafARI augments the dynamism of the visual arts landscape by reminding us of where it all begins and pays homage to grassroot initiatives.

For a more detailed history of SafARI, please download this file.

SafARI 2014

Curated by Liz Nowell and Christiane Keys-Statham, SafARI 2014 comprises of two major exhibition components. These are SafARI and SafARI LIVE. SafARI will present the work of 14 emerging and unrepresented Australian artists, including 3 collaboratives, across venues ranging from Artist Run Initiatives to public spaces. SafARI LIVE will present the work of 6 Sydney-based performance artists who will stage live interventions throughout the exhibition period.

SafARI’s aim is to remain true to an alternative spirit and ensure that the quality of the experience and exchange is our focus.


For the first time in SafARI’s history, reflecting the strong presence of performance art in the Sydney scene, a special component has been programmed for 2014: SafARI LIVE, which features the work of 7 Sydney-based performance artists and collectives.

These artists will present interventions and new work throughout the seven SafARI 2014 venues.  Click on the Visit tab for more information and a calendar of events.

SafARI Board

Lisa Corsi (President & Public Officer) | Xavier Modoux (Treasurer + SafARI 2006 Artist) | Vi Girgis (Secretary + SafARI 2012 Assistant) | Nicky McWilliams (private funding co-pilot) | Liam Benson (SafARI 2008 Artist) | David Capra (SafARI 2008 Artist) | Leahlani Johnson (SafARI 2010 Artist) | Tom Polo (SafARI 2010 Artist) | Lauren Austin (SafARI 2010 Designer) | Jodie Whalen (SafARI 2012 Artist + 2008 Volunteer) | Julian Day (SafARI 2012 Artist) | Nina Stromqvist (SafARI 2012 Co-curator) | Arnel Rodriguez (Graphic Designer)

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SafARI 2010    SafARI 2012


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