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Kelly Street Kolektiv

Kelly St Kolektiv, Sydney1986


Artist-run space



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.



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“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.”







Kelly St Kolektiv, Sydney1986