Essentials of opening an ARI

Opening an ARI can be a challenging, but rewarding process. Here are some pointers to set you on the right track.

Following on from the last discussion around the challenges faced by ARIs (artist-run-initiatives) and their integral role in the arts ecology, ArtsHub poses the question: ‘Is it a good time to open an ARI?’

‘Starting an ARI [artist-run-initiative] is like having a baby,’ says Alice Rezende, Co-Chair of ACT’s Tributary Projects and previous member of Outer Space in Brisbane. ‘You’ll never truly know if it’s a good time to care for one, but the learning and growing that comes with doing it is a reward in itself.’

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_