MOP Projects has now closed as Galerie Pompom embarks on an exciting new era
After more than 400 exhibitions that have supported some 800 artists, MOP Projects has now ceased to operate… Its commercial cousin of recent years, Galerie pompom has now absorbed the space occupied by MOP, signalling a new era for this highly-regarded fixture in the Sydney art world.
MOP Projects opened in May 2003 at a modest space housed within an industrial building in Sydney’s now gentrified area of Redfern. Co-founded by George & Ron Adams, MOP was established as a committee-led artist-run-initiative charged with fostering experimentation for emerging and mid-career visual artists. MOP moved to its current Chippendale premises in June 2007, enabling greater support and visibility for Australian artists in the form of solo, curated and satellite exhibitions, publications and education programs.
Many of Australia’s now leading visual artists cut their teeth in the earlier days of their careers with shows at MOP and satellite exhibitions with partnering galleries and institutions including UTS Gallery, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Firstdraft and Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.
George and Ron Adams established Galerie pompom in March 2012 in partnership with Samantha Ferris. The Chippendale gallery space was subdivided to accommodate the new business initiative. Responding to a gap in the commercial gallery market for early-mid career artists, the vision behind pompom was to create exhibiting opportunities for a stable of artists where the commercial imperative helps greater support the experimentation fostered by its roots as an artist-run initiative. Several artists represented by pompom and other Sydney commercial galleries rose to prominence from exhibiting at MOP.
MOP acknowledges the support it has received from Arts NSW since 2003 which has facilitated artist fees, publication costs, and gallery rent. Following the closure of MOP, pompom will be a self-sustaining commercial enterprise that will continue to host exhibitions in its current monthly format where two to three shows are presented concurrently. The smaller front gallery will become an application-based project space for non-represented artists.
if you would like to submit a proposal for this space see information below…
our exhibitons run for 4 weeks.
The gallery rent for 4 weeks is $1800
To apply for a show, email us your CV, some images of your work and a short proposal of what you would like to do in the space as one PDF document. If successful we will be in touch with you with the first available space. Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to contact unsuccessful applicants.
George Adams and the MOP Projects team.
floor plan still the same…
PS: Stay tuned for our Artspace show in August which will be on the History/Archive of Mop, for which we will be making a book also on the History/Archive and which is once again generously funded by the NSW Ministry for the Arts…
MOP Projects is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.