Melbourne's oldest artist-run gallery launches the book What Art, Which Public
December 2010, Platform artist-run gallery launched their new book What Art, Which Public: Platform Artists Group 1990-2010, a 120-pager documenting the exhibitions, events and sites occupied by Platform over its 20-year reign down there in the Degraves Street Subway.
Established in 1990, by art school buddies Andrew Seward and Richard Holt, in the disused advertising cabinets lining Flinders Street Stations’ subway and then moving into the Degraves Street Subway cabinets, Platform now boasts the title of being Melbourne’s longest running artist run initiative.
Platform’s story of invigorating largely dilapidated public spaces in Melbourne with art projects has played an important role alongside the revitalisation of Melbourne’s CBD in the past 20 years and has given exhibition opportunities to more than 1,000 artists, including many projects and artists featured in Next Wave’s Festivals (who could forget Hiromi Tango in Platform’s Vitrine space in 2008).
Platform has also spearheaded initiatives such as Sticky Institute, an organisation with an international reputation as one of the largest zine retailers in the Southern Hemisphere.