Alaska Projects opened in 2011 – an exciting, artist-run initiative set in the belly of the Kings Cross Car Park. This month the gallery has expanded its exhibition concept to a shopfront on William Street in Darlinghurst, next door to the recently refurbished Club 77. It’s also near galleries such as Chalk Horse, First Draft and William Wright Artists Projects.
Since opening, Alaska has been a cool but considered platform for Sydney’s emerging talent across the full spectrum of artistic practices. “The initial idea with Alaska was to provide support to emerging artists,” says director of Alaska Projects, Sebastian Goldspink. “Sydney’s a tough place to be an artist. We knew that if you provide people with a platform, they’ll do great, diverse things.” Over the past five years the program at Alaska has encompassed classical music, live art and cross-genre installations.
Simply titled Alaska Projects [William Street], the new space will be an extension of the car-park program. The street-facing gallery is lighter and wider, with higher ceilings, allowing for a new breadth of installation styles, and a slightly more commercial focus. “We also have artist studios here,” says Goldspink. “So the exhibition program will be connected to the artists in residence.” Following its opening group show, which featured works by Samuel Hodge and Marian Tubbs, Goldspink says the focus will be on longer-running, solo exhibitions.
“When we started [Alaska] it felt like this real golden period for the arts in Sydney,” says Goldspink. “It’s really important now more than ever to rally around culture in Sydney.”
Alaska Projects [William Street]
73–75 William Street, Darlinghurst
Thu, Fri and Sat 1pm–6pm
(+61) 410 432 981