Welcome to the Mothership. We are an artist run initiative in Marrickville, Sydney. As of March 2018 we are home to 11 artists in residence, a gallery, a cinema, a literary press and a music stage.
The gallery is huge. Like, 56 linear metres of wall huge. And growing. Can be compartmentalised into 3 smaller galleries for simultaneous shows. 7 metre high ceiling in the main space. Controlled lighting. It’s like punk ninjas built a scale model of MONA out of a dirty furniture warehouse and some stuff from Bunnings in a week flat. Very, very much like that. Eerily like that.
Conveniently, we’re pretty much the halfway point on the shortest walk between Batch and Gasoline Pony.
Also there’s a cinema. Did we mention the cinema? An actual 100-seat reconfigurable cinema. Still not over that. We have an actual cinema.
Mothership curatorial policy is that art is as deep and universal a complex of the human condition as love. We’ve had art since before we were us – Neanderthals made it, small children make it – and it can use anything as its methods and materials. Anything. We see demarcation between pop culture and fine art as a no-true-Scotsman argument, and you’ll see artwork from painters and game designers and authors and sculptors all in the same space.
Mothership is on the land of the Cadigal People of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge their traditional custodianship and give our respect to their Elders past and present as well as their current and ongoing achievements.
Mothership is a safe space and has a no-tolerance policy for any discrimination or offensive behaviour. We’re proactive about it and reserve the right to reject or cancel shows if we find out artists are people with offensive views or behaviour in general.
In those instances no fees are refundable. No seriously, we’re not above pulling a show down, so be sure you’re not carrying racists or TERFs or whatever BEFORE you apply. Think of it as a health check.