With a focus on artists and artist-run initiatives, un Projects publishes a bi-annual journal of essays, articles and artworks + monthly reviews and dispatches online, documenting Australia’s vibrant independent arts communities, fostering the next generation of arts writers and editors, and generating the critical dialogue vital to the growth of our internationally-renowned, daring and inclusive arts sector.
In 2018 we will be publishing two volumes of un Magazine, edited by Indigenous practitioners Maddee Clark & Neika Lehman. As part of our commitment to foregrounding First Nations contemporary art practice and voices, the 2018 journals will focus on themes resonant for First Nations artists and people, and will mentor and highlight Indigenous artists & writers.
2018 will also see the expansion of un Extended, our digital publishing arm that promotes discourse, independent practice and experimental art through reviews, dispatches and media-rich projects.
As mainstream Australian media offers less and less coverage of visual art – particularly the independent sector – the role of un Projects in fostering critical dialogue and encouraging excellence and innovation around contemporary visual arts, is increasingly important.
un Projects also has a long history of championing, mentoring and supporting emerging arts writers and critics. Indeed, many of Australia’s leading arts writers, curators and editors got their first professional experience through un Magazine.
After 14 years running on the smell of an oily rag, this is the first time that we are asking for donations. We are fortunate enough to be the recipients of a Plus1 Grant from Creative Partnerships Australia, which means that every dollar we raise in this campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar. This is an amazing opportunity for us to publish daring work and lead discussion + discourse, and for you to see your donation go further.
Committed to accessibility and inclusivity, everything that we publish is free, but ALL contributors are paid. All donations to un Projects will be used to pay the artists, writers, editors, designers and mentors we work with.
Supporting us at all levels makes a difference. To give you an idea of the value of your donation:
- $100+ unBelievable – shows us just how much you love un Projects!
- $500+ unPrecedented – supports the career development of an emerging arts writer, including professional mentoring and paid publication in un Magazine
- $1,200+ unConditional – allows us to commission three months worth of innovative, engaged and quality content for our readers
- $200+ unDisputed – pays an arts writer to publish a review of an independent ARI or gallery on un Extended
- $3,000+ unSurpassed – sponsors a Writer in Residence to produce a major body of new work engaging critically and creatively with contemporary visual art
- $50+ unStoppable – shows us that you love un Projects!
If you are interested in making a significant donation or discussing your support, please contact Sarah Gory, un General Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0401 210 641.
In particular, in 2018 donations will go towards supporting the careers and practice of Aboriginal editors, writers and artists. We believe that great critical discourse around Australian contemporary art needs to have Aboriginal practitioners at its centre, and are excited to read and see the challenging, excellent and innovative contemporary Indigenous writing/art we will publish through 2018.