“I started showing with Andy for two reasons. One is that she is a genuine, open person with a passion for art and an adventurous spirit. The other was I could see the rising trajectory of the gallery – and that trajectory just hasn’t stopped,” says artist Stephen Haley, who has exhibited his work at MARS for the past five years.
MARS (Melbourne Art Rooms) Gallery is thrilled to celebrate 15 busy years with a group exhibition featuring 30 artists of importance to director Andy Dinan. The exhibition runs from 12– 20 December and will span all three floors of the purpose-built gallery in James Street, Windsor. This show encompasses painting, photography, sculpture, and video, and epitomises the extensive and varied art practice that has been exhibited throughout MARS history.
Featuring the works of MARS represented and affiliated artists, including Daniel Agdag, Stephen Haley and Jason Sims, this group exhibition will present an array of contemporary artworks by those that have shared and contributed towards the MARS journey.
“All of the artists that I have worked with and that have exhibited at MARS have produced work that is unique, technically accomplished, beautifully implemented and of the now. The most exciting thing has been working together to build their careers and watching their growth from emerging to mid-career artists,” says Andy Dinan.
Artist Domenico de Clario has been exhibiting with MARS for the past ten years: “Andy Dinan has that rare combination of good grace, insight, tact, intelligence and belief in the integrity of the artists she chooses to work with,” he says. “In my view she has another quality that to me is paramount; the ability to sum up particular situations according to her insight and then courageously change her mind and perspective. Andy is comfortable with constantly learning more about the paradoxes that permeate both the art world and the bigger picture. She deserves congratulations for achieving such contemporaneous momentum and stability for MARS.”
Established in 2004, MARS has launched and built the careers of many Australian artists. From its beginnings in the Port Melbourne warehouse, to its state-of-the-art gallery in Windsor, MARS has pushed the boundaries for what is considered possible for commercial galleries and has been the launching ground for a generation of new artists.
MARS Gallery specialises in exhibiting, promoting and building the careers of contemporary Australian artists. At MARS, we represent a select group of emerging to mid-career artists and maintain relationships with a vast network of Australian and international artists.
MARS Gallery 15th Birthday Exhibition
MARS Art Gallery
7 James Street, Windsor
Exhibition dates: 12 December – 20 December