Launched in 2015 Wide Open Road Art is a contemporary art space in Castlemaine, Victoria. WORA provides a context for experimental works that engage with a broader political, aesthetic, social and/or material discourse. We aim to show works that extend such debates. WORA consists of three large glass cabinets on an external wall. We aim to show works that utilise the dimensions of the space and the possibilities for interaction between the art/artist and the public.
Key curatorial concepts driving WORA are:
- the notion of an art centre
- the building/deconstruction of connections — interpersonal, historical, geographical etc.
- the relationship between old and new crafts/technologies.
- engagement with current aesthetic, social, political and material debate/experimentation within the arts
As well as running an annual program of exhibitions we also aim to create connections between artists through curating larger art events and through our interview program.
WORA was set up as an extension of a collaborative art practice between Helen Mathwin and Susie Elliott and it is a not-for-profit company.