About Caspa

CASPA is an open-access, artist-run initiative devoted to promoting the wealth and diversity of contemporary art in the Castlemaine and surrounding area.  It supports emerging and established artists and promotes contemporary art in this region.  We feature a new exhibition of visual art every month, and host a variety of music and performance events.

As an artist run space, CASPA is a not for profit organization, managed by volunteers and exhibitings fees are to cover running costs.

Apply

CASPA is open for proposals for 2018 .  Caspa accepts proposals from emerging and established artists, curators, collectives and organisations to exhibit.  CASPA  accepts applications from local, interstate and international practitioners, and it can be for solo or curated group exhibitions. We accept proposals from any field of practice in the visual arts, new media, sound art, performance and craft.

We support the local arts community of emerging and established artists, writers and curators.

Exhibition and Support

The current cost of exhibiting is $200 per month. This includes:

  • a three/four week public exhibition
  • email-out to 300+  electronic database
  • staff for opening night

Exhibitions are open from 10 to 5 pm Monday to Friday.  It is up to the artist to open the gallery on weekend.  Openings are the first Friday of the month 6-8 pm.

As a not-for-profit organisation, CASPA takes no commission from the sale of any artworks.

Artists need to sign an agreement and pay the fee a month in advance of the exhibition.  All walls are to be returned to their original condition and the key returned.

Installation and De-Installation

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the physical spaces of the gallery prior to applying.

Installation can take place three days prior to the exhibition (on Monday and Tuesday). Basic tools are provided by CASPA, but artists should source any specific hanging requirements.

Please note that works will need to be carried up one flight of wooden stairs.  There is no lift.

Exhibition deinstallation takes place after 5 pm on the final Sunday.  CASPA has no storage space so all works need to be collected.

All walls are to be returned to their original state, holes filled and painted over with material supplied.

Gallery Floor Plans

Caspa is located on Level 1 of 101 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine, above Stonemans Bookshop.  The floor is timber and the walls a mix of plasterboard, Masonite and brick.  It is vital that you visit the space prior to applying for an exhibition.

How to apply

Please download the CASPA Exhibition Application 2018 .   Applications are reviewed in November.

You will be notified in December as to whether your application was successful.

More Information

If you would like more information please contact us at caspa@castlemainefringe.org.au or Melissa Scott on 0427 223358 or Ben Laycock on 0401 338 284.

If you would like to volunteer at Caspa please contact Melissa or Ben on the numbers above.