2 Danks Street In the Press

News and articles on the 2 Danks Street complex.

Passionate visual arts blogger wins inaugural 2 Danks St Award for Arts Criticism

20th September 2013

The inaugural 2 Danks Street Award for Art Criticism has been won by Luise Guest, Visual Arts Coordinator at Sydneys Loreto College in Kirribilli and a passionate researcher, blogger and writer on the visual arts. Her review of Saif Almurayatis exhibition at Janet Clayton Gallery in July was the clear choice of the expert judging panel - Candice Bruce, Owen Craven, Prudence Gibson
and John McDonald.

The winning entry was one of eight finalists submitted to the panel by the Danks Street galleries. In reaching their decision, members of the panel underlined the importance of bringing to art criticism a deep engagement with the context and process of art, as well as well-honed writing skills. Candice Bruce commented that the writer revealed an understanding of what the purpose of the article was and of the artist's work. It also demonstrated a wider understanding and knowledge of where the artist's work fitted, she said. Pru Gibson wrote, the entry showed a lovely articulation of the poetry and politics in Almurayati's work.

Each of the judges emphasized the high standards required in writing for publication. In John McDonald's words: The pieces struggled to find an even tone, which may be something that only time and practice can remedy. Owen Craven said that Artist Profile would continue to support this award in the coming years. It is important to search for new voices, he said. We need writers who can inspire the next generation of collectors and art lovers. We encourage all the entrants to keep writing, and congratulate the winner, Luise Guest.

The 2 Danks Street Award for Art Criticism was initiated by the nine galleries of 2 Danks Street. The entrants were required to submit a review of an exhibition within the permanent galleries of the complex. The award was open to entrants of all ages who were not receiving a regular income from arts writing. The winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 offered by the 2 Danks Street galleries, the opportunity to write a review for Artist Profile, and publication in the online magazine Art for All/All for Art.

The award winner, Luise Guest, is extending her research interest in Chinese art through a 9-week writers residency in Beijing with Redgate Gallery later this year. A book about established and emerging women artists in China is in her sights.

All finalists entries will be published in the next online edition of ArtforAll/All for Art
For further information contact Janet Clayton at [email protected] or 0401 996
990. Luise Guest?s winning entry can be read at www.janetclaytongallery.com.au.
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2 Danks Street Award for Contemporary Art Criticism

30th August 2013
     2 Danks Street Prize for Art Criticism

The 2 Danks Street Award for Contemporary Art Criticism has been established by the permanent galleries of 2 Danks Street Waterloo to foster new writing on, and extend discussion about, the visual arts. This award is initially being given for writing about exhibitions at galleries in the 2 Danks Street complex. In subsequent years, the intention is to extend the award to exhibitions in other Sydney based commercial or private contemporary art galleries.

The prize is open to new writers with an interest or expertise in the visual arts, including contemporary art jewellery. ...more
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Eligible Exhibitions for 2 Danks Street Award for Art Criticism

30th August 2013

List of eligible exhibitions for submissions for the Award for Art Criticism. ...more
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2 Danks St Galleries submission to the City of Sydney


2 Danks St Galleries submission to the City of Sydney on Creative Sydney, a cultural policy for the City of Sydney ...more
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Danks Street Gallery


The Danks Street Gallery has taken Sydney's art world by surprise. It is a collection of independent galleries housed in an old warehouse in the backwaters of Waterloo. An indication of its success as a space is the fact that the gallery area put aside for 2 week hires by independent artists is now booked out until 2005. Danks Street is the creation of Leo Christie. ...more


Walkabout #3 - Danks Street, Waterloo (2017)

Time Out Sydney Issue 25: April 30-May 6, 2008, pp.36-37
Luke Benedictus

The standard recipe for urban gentrification works something like this. First, locate a suitable patch of industrial wasteland where the police sirens wail and broken glass litters the streets. Next, whip up some artistic buzz by opening a gallery to give the area a bit of bohemian cachet and cultural oomph. Sprinkle liberally with organic cafes and boutiques. Then simply pop in the oven and wait for the property prices to rocket. ...more


There's Something About Sydney: Waterloo

budgettravel.com Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Michael Endelman

Waterloo's swift turn from light-industrial wasteland to buzzy arts district has happened so fast that the neighborhood isn't even listed in most guidebooks or on tourist maps. But it's only 20 minutes by taxi from the Central Business District (CBD), or a 15-minute walk south of Surry Hills. ...more