Kelly Street Kolektiv
Kolektiv including artists Hilik Mirankar
2 Kelly Street, Ultimo, Sydney NSW 2007
Making art more accessible to the public
A year of experimental working projects supporting ideas of art and process within a context of creating language.
“In 1986, I heard about an artist-run collective gallery across the Glebe/Ultimo boundary called the Kelly Street Kolektiv, housed in the old warehouse that is now the International Grammar School. A few friends said, ‘There’s this amazing guy called Hilik (Mirankar), you’ve got to meet him!’ So I did and we’ve been living together for more than thirty years now and we run The Shop Gallery together. The Kelly Street Kolektiv was a revelation at the time. It had similar ideas to the Poets Union, promoting practitioners independently of the mainstream art structures, with the same internal conflicts about independence. The Kolektiv policy: We accept anyone who calls themselves an artist.”