Wednesday, December 2, 2009

aloha from Kingston...Moorabbin, not Jamaica

After a bumpy ride down the Nepean I arrived safely for my summer internship at the Kingston Arts Centre. Here is a photo of me at my new digs. The ten days at Footscray station were great and the people of Footscray were fantastic. Over 200 pieces were vended between the 20th and 30th of November and over 500 hits were had on the flickr page. I'm excited about the traffic both at the machine and over the internet, and am hopeful people still wish to participate as collectors and artists long into the future. A big thank you goes out to all the artists who have so far submitted to art-vend, without whom none of this would have been possible. To become a participating artist please see the about me column to the right, or to become a viewer, please click on the flickr link also to the right. And don't forget to email me if I've left something out.

Footscray...thanks for having me

I just spent 10 days in Footscray and all I got was this lousy tag! Lala was very kind and only used dry chalk. Thanks Lala.

Monday, November 23, 2009

moving units...

art-vend has taken to Footscray station like a duck to water. I'm pleased to say that at the midway stage of the Big West Festival the machine is still in tip top shape, touch wood, apart from a quick maintenance call to free a runaway artwork that had wedged itself sideways somehow. The artwork in question was provided by my mother-in-law, the irony not lost on me! I'm hoping to get through a bit more art before art-vend's final day at the station this Sunday the 29th. Monday will see the machine picked up and given the next day off before delivery to Kingston Arts Centre gallery in Moorabbin on Wednesday. For all in the west, get down to Footscray before the 29th to become an art-vend collector, and for those in the south, sit tight, we'll be there soon.

Friday, November 20, 2009

day one...

Finally, after what seemed an eternity, yesterday art-vend was delivered, loaded up with heaps of tiny pieces of beautiful art, plugged in and left unsupervised! I had to hurry back due to a mild case of separation anxiety to check on her 24 hours after installation, and am pleased to report that the good people of Footscray have so far treated her well. There is still plenty of great drawings, prints, stories, poems and other awesome art bits to be packaged and loaded, just take a look at art-vend's flickr page for images Also take a look at these links to articles on art-vend on Artshub and in the local rag, The Maribyrnong Leader

Next stop will be Kingston Art Centre Gallery for the summer, so if you would still like to submit for art-vend there is still plenty of time and plenty of opportunity.

the eagle has landed...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

life after Big West...

I'm loving it every day now when the postie comes. I've been receiving a whole heap of fantastic entries but am still looking forward to receiving a whole heap more. art-vend will be on the move after the Big West Festival, and from the 2nd of December until the 27th of February will be in the foyer of the Kingston Arts Centre Gallery Immediately following this art-vend will be hosted by Off the Kerb in Collingwood for an indefinite period. So you see, I'm not just after submissions for Big West, but for the future of art-vend as well.
I've also created a flickr page to document everyone's submissions. There is a link to the right, and also right here and I will endeavour to update it as often as possible. In the meantime, submissions for Big West will be accepted until the end of the first week of November, to give me enough time to ensure all Big West entries are documented. So if you wish to be included for Big West time is running out. Submissions received after this date will still be included in art-vend and on flickr, but will be going to the other locations.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


what I know...

The positive feedback for art-vend has been fantastic and I'm really looking forward to receiving every one's artworks over the next few weeks. But before I get caught, I'm going to admit that while I came up with art-vend independently, google serves to trump everyone who thinks they have an original idea. Matt LeClair of has a wonderful site about vending machines which dispense art other than art-vend, and has graciously agreed to add me to his page. So the least I can do is direct you to his. art-vend should be up as an artist run initiative on very soon too, another site worth directing visitors of this site to. The scoop lately is that art-vend will be hitting the road after the Big West Festival, firstly for a stint at the Kingston Arts Centre in Moorabbin, then for a spell at Off the Kerb gallery in Collingwood. The dates for these two residencies will be confirmed over the coming weeks, so while work is being accepted for the Big West Festival right now, I'll be accepting submissions beyond those dates (nov 20-29) and beyond and beyond.

Friday, September 4, 2009

renovated machine

Here is a picture of the newly refurbished vending machine that will be going on to Footscray train station in November. When I bought it, it was a dirty grey hammertone on a rotted out grey chipboard plinth. I've endeavoured to make it a bit easier on the eye as well as a bit more durable and suitable for different environs. It has the capacity to accommodate a lightbox up the top, but I elected to leave it out at this stage because the machine being mechanical doesn't require power. This would change if I filled it with light globes. But it's there, so maybe later.

so far, so good

Interest has been high so far for participation in art-vend at the Big West Festival, which is very good news indeed. I am currently trying to see if this venture has legs, the last thing I want to do is pack it up after just one outing. Any and all suggestions would be welcome. I have finally finished my vending machine renovation and am really looking forward to stocking it full of everyone's art and wheeling the old fella out. Follows is a brief list of websites from artists currently submitting to art-vend. Would love to add yours to the list...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Big West Festival 2009

Art-vend is currently inviting submissions for Footscray's Big West Festival, running from November 20 - 29 2009. Any and all work submitted, be they paintings, prints, drawings, stories, poems, get the point, will be put up on this site and offered for sale through Art-vend. It will be the luck of the draw what piece of art the consumer gets, but rest comfortably in the knowledge you've just made an art collector out of someone who perhaps otherwise wasn't. The machine is set to $1.20 which covers packaging, admin and maintenance of the machine (nearly), but we ensure the artists do not go unrecognised; if you send in a bio with your submission we will include it in the packaging and post artists links on this site.
Art-vend encourages multiple submissions from individuals, after all, they'll fit snuggly in a standard envelope. Submissions can be mailed to Art-vend at 9 Colebrook St Brunswick 3056, poetry or prose can be emailed to along with any queries you might have.