about us

Cool Change (est. 2018) is an artist-run initiative based in Boorloo / Perth, Western Australia. Since our inception, we have hosted exhibitions, artist residences, performances, workshops, talks, and operated a small shop. Volunteer-led and not-for-profit, the organisation is committed to presenting experimental and critically engaged artistic practice in a welcoming and accessible environment with an agile and responsive outlook. The CC Bon Marche (2018-2022) archive can be accessed here.

From July 2022 to June 2023, Cool Change was closed to the public for relocation and reorganisation. Two phrases guided our approach to reopening:

slow roll

From what we have learnt over the last four years about volunteer-led arts organisations, a slow roll approach is needed to sustainably and strategically renew our operations. We need to remain responsive to changes and currents surrounding us, while also maintaining an agile structure that can adapt and bend to account for the needs of the emerging and experimental practices that

Cool Change should shrink and expand where needed, taking time to recoup, listen and breath as desired. To recommence at a slow roll pace is to account for the capacities of our volunteer team and those around us.

as is

The nature of space and site is an important variable for arts organsations. As a collective, we are driven by a resourceful and responsible approach to space and site, which does not take for granted the opportunity to operate on the unceded lands of Whadjuk Noongar people, and recognising our place as settler artists and workers on this land.

What is the impact emerging volunteer arts organisations have had on property, community and inner-city lifestyle, and how has this impact been considered and remunerated by resourced and established businesses? This is an open question and a demand for the labour of emerging artists, writers, curators and workers to not be taken lightly. Cool Change is reconsidering the ubiquity of the white-cube and the impact this has had on potential for exhibition-based arts organisations to emerge.

spaces

Keeping in mind our developing methodology (a slow roll approach and the as is nature of space and site), our Hay St location forecasts a future of programming that is sustainable, engaged and capable of housing a wide gamut of experimental artistic practices. On the other hand, we have retained a certain flexibility and openness towards challenging our location; along with the option to pursue offsite opportunities where possible. At the moment, Cool Change calls home an office tenancy on the second level of the ‘Kings Complex’ building (on Hay Street in the CBD east end). We have divided our tenancy into two spaces:

office

The CC office is a shared working and event space, archive and inventory storage. For the last year, the office has been utilised for collective meetings, training, discussions, reading groups, board game nights and strategic planning.

Our ambition is that the CC office provides a comfortable and consistent working environment to continue to develop and improve Cool Change as an organisation. We plan to host a range of programming in this space, as well as offer our desks, coffee machine and facilities as a resource for collaborators.

project space

A two-room adjacent office tenancy is what we currently call the project space. A fickle and particular space (thin walls, old carpet, inflexible lighting); our hope is that a certain site-responsiveness on the part of ourselves and our collaborators can draw out the exhibitionary potential of these two rooms. More details and experiments to come.

digital

The CC Digital Research and Design team — Paul Boyé, Alexander Jones, Oli Rawlings and Alexander Turner — have been working hard to reimagine Cool Change’s digital platform and visual logic. The CC website currently offers an outlook of projects on the horizon matched with an index of past projects (2023 onward) replete with high-definition documentation, writing and information. Our ambitions for the CC digital space include: digital publications built with collaborators; a digital residency space for web-based projects; an interactive strategic plan; podcasts and field recordings; office livestreams; a repository of information for working in and supporting artist-run initiatives; …

If you are interested in working with Cool Change digitally, from anywhere in the world, please get in touch (ATTN: CCDRD in the email subject line).

team

  • CC Collective:
  • Grace Connors (Chair)
  • Alexander Egloff (Vice Chair)
  • Paul Boyé (Treasurer)
  • Cornah Willis (Secretary)
  • Kauri Minhinnick
  • Samuel Beilby
  • Danielle Fusco
  • General Manager:
  • Dan Bourke
  • CC Digital Research and Design:
  • Paul Boyé
  • Alexander Jones
  • Oli Rawlings
  • Alexander Turner

physical

Level 2 (Kings Complex)
533 Hay Street,
Boorloo/Perth, Western Australia, 6000
Whadjuk Noongar boodja

The Kings Complex building is wheelchair accessible via the ramp entry. Cool Change is located on the second level, accessible via lift. Doorways are 83cm wide. There are no accessible bathrooms in the building. The closest accessible bathroom is located in the City of Perth Library, 150m down the road on Hay Street.

Open to the public during exhibition periods, Thursday to Saturday 11-4pm.
Or by appointment, via email.

digital

FORM: 4 Spells and Exchange? Launch Party

exhibition

event

offsite

03 Feb 2024

16:00–21:00

FORM: 4 Spells and Exchange? Launch Party


Join us on Saturday from 4pm on the 3rd of February for an opening evening for Cool Change's Out-of-Office residency at FORM Gallery.

RSVP Essential: RSVP here

Featuring the world premiere of Tom Rogers' film 4 Spells and the launch of Sophie Durand's exhibition Exchange? [Meet = Meet Another + Another Meets Initial Other] developed during her residency Guesting and Hosting at FORM, featuring works by Kipras Dubauskas, Marta Frėjutė, Anton Karyuk, Loora Kaubi, Joosep Kivimäe, Ieva Laskevičiūtė, Anna Malicka, Ingrid Helena Pajo, Aistė Marija Stankevičiūtė.

Exchange? is a multimedia exhibition which includes textiles, sculpture, moving image art, drawing and photography. In the larger tradition of artists travelling with small physical artworks in their luggage to aid the economic presentation of national or international art, all artworks have been borrowed from friends in the Baltic Region and fit within an airline’s luggage limit with some extra details preparedlocally with support of local artists.

Musing on the idea that travelling (noun) is the moment when one invents understanding [invokes] perception perceives a reality, classifies as a whole and fails to recognise that this potential is a mere fragment or perhaps even a fiction. Caught between the state of being a tourist and a local, one can recognise that they are at the edge of knowing. The task is to ask at what point can one step beyond that or recognise that they can’t go further without accepting the experiences of others as truth. Within this relation or rather alongside these relations sit as suggestions and speculations. With correspondence at play, reciprocation is actioned in the present tense. An introduction (noun) manifests in the moment before; it is a suggestion and a speculation of what is, what could be and what has been. The plausible and the propositional in dynamic movement. Shadows and echo but what shadows and echoes could be when they exist in the future tense. 

For Tom, this new work, 4 Spells, was made over his three-week intensive residency period and encompasses the creation of four personal spells. Originally returning to Walyalup/Fremantle from Naarm/Melbourne to visit family and friends over the summer, this vacation-cum-working-holiday, Tom has undertaken the development and production of a narrative short film centred on the creation and documentation of a magick sigil.

Featuring Georgia Martin and Olivia O'donnell, written and filmed on Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Land. Concept, filming and editing by Tom Rogers on Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung and Whadjuk Noongar Land. Sound Design by Ben Aguero. Music by Darlene Matheson. Filming by David West, Jill Rogers and Leonie Brialey.

Free Drinks and Snacks Provided. We look forward to seeing you then.

Address is 4 Shenton Road Claremont. Parking available, also accessible by train directly next to Claremont train station. FORM is accessible and has accessible bathrooms.

Out-of-Office has been made possible by The Town of Claremont, Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries and Creative Australia, with support from FORM Gallery and staff.