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The 69 Collective

Located in the heart of Fitzroy’s arts precinct, 69 Smith Street Gallery is an artist-run space that provides opportunities for the professional development of visual artists who work in a wide range of art forms. The gallery promotes public appreciation and understanding of contemporary visual art through critical debate.

Primarily a rental venue, its exhibition program includes invitational, solo and thematic group exhibitions.

In 2007 the gallery acquired video and sound equipment which is free to use by the artists exhibiting.

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Artwork - Springtime

The 69 Collective,

Image of two birds sitting on a tree branch with flowers. The background is light blue, the branch is dark blue and the birds and flowers are made from cut-out pieces of metal.

Significance

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Artwork - Casting the Shadow of an Ant

The 69 Collective,

This artwork shows a wooden type sculpture depicting an ant. A blue spotlight on the ant is casting a shadow on a floor.

Significance

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Drawing - 'No image provided'

The 69 Collective,

Textual rendering of artist's decision not to provide an image for 69 Smith Street Gallery's anniversary publication.

Significance

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Exhibition ephemera - 'Go figure' exhibition by Julian Di Martino

The 69 Collective,

Painting - Beach bums

The 69 Collective,

Oil on cotton fabric. Image of two young boys standing beside each other looking out to sea. They are painted against a background of blue-green water and a clear blue sky. The pattern on the sand is repeated in the boys' swimming costumes. One of the boys has his head turned away from the water.

Historical information

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Painting - Dead Azalea

The 69 Collective,

Oil painting and gold leaf on a birch panel

Significance

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Painting - Walk in the Sun

The 69 Collective,

Acrylic painting. Abstract image comprising twelve canvases. Colour scheme includes yellow, brown, aqua and green.

Historical information

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Painting - Together We Mix

The 69 Collective,

Painted using acrylics, ink and charcoal on canvas. This abstract image features what looks like two figures merged into one against a red background with sprays of black paint.

Historical information

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Painting - Australia Day Chromosomes

The 69 Collective,

Colourful painting of chromosome figures playing on a beach.

Significance

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Painting - Over Mountains Of Mist

The 69 Collective,

Acrylic on canvas. Stylistic depiction of mountains in blue tones, set under a golden sky.

Historical information

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Painting and Sculpture - Sura 7

The 69 Collective,

Digital print. Series of panels featuring text. The text is printed over the image of radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir.

Historical information

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Photograph - Towards Braidwood

The 69 Collective,

Blurred vision of a tree against brown landscape and blue/grey sky.

Significance

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Photograph - After Life: Mouse

The 69 Collective,

Colour digital print of a dead mouse. Image is a cropped detail of the animal's hind legs and tail.

Historical information

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Photograph - The Pissoire of last resort

The 69 Collective,

Green wall that has apparently been used as a urinal.

Sculpture - Art Nouveau

The 69 Collective,

Bronze sculpture on a polished granite circular base. Female subject is wearing a long flowing dress

Significance

This artwork is part of 69Fifteen, the book published in 2013 celebrating 69 Smith Street Gallery’s 15th year in operation as an artist-run space.

Video - Shadower

The 69 Collective,

Video of shadows taken in afternoon light.

Video Art - Lineage - An Oral History of 69 Smith Street Gallery

The 69 Collective,

Historical information

This work is the result of a series of interviews with committee members of 69 Smith Street Gallery, an artist-run gallery that operated in Collingwood between 1998 and 2016. These interviews taken between 2010 and 2011 feature artists who went on to form the creative group known as the 69 Collective.

Significance

This work was part of The Line exhibition at Collingwood Gallery in 2018. The brief given to participating artists was to present works using the theme of the horizontal line. The artworks, in a range of mediums, were hung with a consistent line travelling through each piece around the perimeter of the gallery space. The line in each work, inferred or explicit, were carefully placed together to make this cohesive whole.