Putting Sydney ARIs on the Map

Free Art tours through Newtown, Surry Hills/Chippendale, Redfern/Alexandria

Putting Sydney ARIs on the Map

The Journey far, ATVP Invitation

Putting Sydney ARIs on the Map

Out and About, Installation View, SLOT

Putting Sydney ARIs on the Map

Out and About, Installation View, SLOT

Putting Sydney ARIs on the Map

Match Box Friendship Wall:works by 72 collaborating artists, ATVP installation view


Putting Sydney ARIs on the Map - The Journey far

Solo Match Box Galleries, Installation View, ATVP - detail

Putting Sydney ARIs on the Map

Match Box Galleries - Solo - Installation View, At the Vanishing Point, Newtown

Putting ARIs on the Map

Supported by City of Sydney, Avant Card and Inner City Arts

Sydney ARI Guide

Snapshot of our artmap


In early 2009 we created the Sydney ARI Guide - a printed map and web guide to Sydney's Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs). - These Initiatives include artist run galleries, spaces, projects, publications and events where one can discover upcoming and emerging artists and view cutting edge art works often not seen in commercial galleries and public museums. Visit to download an art map, gain insights to Sydney's ARIs and find out when we are next hosting a series of tours through Sydney's major ARI hubs.

To launch the Sydney ARI Guide, (a printed map, web guide and archive project to Sydney's Artist Run Initiatives) we presented a series of three exhibitions - one in each major ARI hub of Sydney. 10 000 art maps introducing Sydney's ARIs were distributed via Avant Card and to ARIs around Sydney. Towards the closing of our exhibitions in each ARI hub, we hosted a series of Free Art Tours for the Public.


The three exhibitions includedYour journey starts here" at Gaffa, Surry Hill and an installation presenting a survey of our work at SLOT, Alexandria/Redfern. Our Exhibition at ATVP, Newtown "The Journey so Far" presented all works created for Match Box Galleries over the past 3 years. Friendship Works (Match Box Gallery Group works) by 72 artists were presented on our Friendship Wall, opposite that of the series of works by Sydney artists created for Solo Match Box Galleries. These Sydney artists were those that inspired us to create the Sydney ARI Guide after discovering most of the ARIS by visiting their exhibitions in same. We realised there was nothing linking these amazing spaces so created the map and guide. For details about each artist/curatorial team and their work go to our artists/curators page here


Download The Journey.... So Far Info Sheet and Essay by Dr Kit Messham-Muir here


Match Box Projects exhibitions were presented at

At The Vanishing Point                      gaffa                SLOT


Tours were conducted to the following ARIs

At The Vanishing Point                Black & Blue Gallery


firstdraft           gaffa           Half Dozen

Kudos              Little Fish Gallery

Lockssmith Project Space                   MOP

Peloton     SLOT     Tap Gallery    Tortuga Studios


Additional Tour Venues included:

Adam Hill Studio, Chalk Horse, Grant Pirrie Window, May's Lane, Oh Really Gallery, NAS Gallery, Taylor Square Plinth Project


Thanks to all staff from the above venues for their contribution to the project.

The Sydney ARI Guide was created thanks to support from Alba Print Management, Avant Card, City of Sydney, Department of Lands NSW, Sydney City Arts (formerly known as Inner City Arts), and special thanks to Kat Clark, Paul McDonald, and Jesse O'Neill.


Avant Card          City of Sydney         Inner City Arts