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Snake Nation

Contemporary art space

Property Donor: Invictus P/L

Launched: 4 April, 2014

Closed: 27 June 2014

about Snake Nation

Who are you?
Anna Jaaniste, director of Snake Nation. I am supported by a group of advisors: Neil Mansfield, Sabrina Sokalik, Rebecca Stuart, Jen Denzin and Lottie Consalvo.

What do you do?
I am a visual artist and facilitator, originally from Sydney. My art practice is driven by interest in the sensual processes of living, and consists largely of sculptural and performative works.

Our diverse project members all have one thing in common – passion for intelligent and true cultural activity. The group includes filmmakers, visual artists, researchers, curators, community workers and educators who all consistently develop engaging projects of their own.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
A desire to offer artists and audiences a fluid gallery model that develops alongside diverse processes and projects, engaging with activity over product. An opportunity to facilitate and enjoy new connections between people, activity and imagination.

What are you doing in your new space?
Snake Nation operates as a platform for the development and presentation of contemporary art practices including performance art, spatial practices, sculpture and installation, film, sound, interdisciplinary work, ephemeral work and collaborative projects.

We house a studio and exhibition space, and welcome artists to use our space to explore their practice, and as an opportunity to present new work or work in development. We are interested in supporting process, collaboration, conversation, and experimentation in diverse artistic practices.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use?
Our space is a vacant shopfront in the Hunter St Civic precinct. We love that it has eccentric quirks (think mirrored columns, multi-level chipboard flooring with ramps, big roller shutter windows..) as well as a wonderful spacious ambience and great light. It is a very workable and versatile space, capable of accommodating different types of events and activity. We also love that it has a close proximity to the character-filled late-night hamburger institution The Haven!