Factory 49


Factory 49

Factory 49 has a focus on stimulating abstract non-objective work. It promotes solo shows in the main Showroom changing fortnightly. Factory 49 coordinates activities held locally, nationally, and internationally. It includes a wide array of visual artists such as installation, painting, concrete poets and musicians, writers and filmakers.

Opening Hours Thurs – Sat 1 – 6 pm, or by appointment

Address 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville, 2204

Phone 02 9572 9863

E-mail factory49@optusnet.com.au

Directors Pam Aitken

Closest Train Station between Marrickville and Sydneham        15 minutes walk

Closest Bus Stop 423, 426, 428– corner of Addison Rd              2 minutes walk

Car Parking free street parking in surrounding streets

Acknowledgements The Factory 49 program is supported by the Australian Government through its Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy and is assisted by the NSW government through Arts NSW.

Wheelchair Accessible Yes





Factory 49 was established in 2006 and is a not-for-profit organization that became an Incorporate Association in 2008. It makes a significant addition to experimental and critical contemporary art in Sydney. Factory 49 is located in one of Australia’s most culturally diverse areas. As well as the main Showroom, the smaller Office Project Space is available for collaborative work and group shows (4 week duration). The Outdoor Wall Work Project is available for a 3-month period. Other outdoor Wall Works areas are available in the street on selected Factory facades. A well-documented archive program is in place and includes a 10-minute video interview of each artists talking about their work. Factory 49 charges no rent to the artists, but a small administration payment is required.

Factory 49 aims to:

  1. establish and promote artistic activities related to the guiding principles of the international art movement known as non-objective art. This reflects an emphasis on the material basis of art making, non-representation, purity/singularity of structure and a focus on the process of construction.
  2. provide a showroom for the mounting of works and installations that display historical and contemporary artworks within the tradition of non-objective art.
  3. provide an outside wall for 3 month wall-pieces, to be used by selected local, national and international artists.
  4. provide a platform for visiting artists of national and international stature with associated free residencies and lectures, thus becoming part of a network.
  5. bring emerging artists into a close relationship with other mature or visiting artists, writers and curators. These artists come from around NSW, interstate and overseas, and are promoted locally.
  6. co-ordinate an educational program for Primary children, and a local community program of introducing high-end contemporary art, and outreach to University students seeking to affiliate or broaden their understanding of such regional activities.
  7. gain a wider critical acceptance of non-objective art while further developing artists profiles.
  8. establish an archive that documents images, catalogues, texts, articles and books related to non-objective art.
  9. publish a catalogue every 12 months as well as all of the normal material for shows.
  10. seek grants from Australia Council, NSW Ministry of the Arts, Marrickville Council and  private sponsors to facilitate these aims and objectives