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

Residency Program 2023 – EOI

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office, project-space

26 May – 14 Jul 2023

17:00–00:00

Cool Change is currently accepting proposals for its 2023 Residency Program.

We have two residency slots available between August 2023 and January 2024 and invite proposals from artists, curators, producers and collectives across art forms to undertake a two-month residency with us.

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM on Friday 14 July 2023. All applicants will be notified of programming decisions by late July 2023. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee a position within the program.


Cool Change exists to support and cultivate the collective pathways of emerging and experimental arts for artists at any stage of practice. This support is twofold: to nurture collective artistic potential as an essential variable for the existence of critical and agile communal environments—places where we share what we think and make—and to bolster the personal and enduring nature of the artist in our contemporary world—people who think and make.


The CC collective have spent our closure period rethinking our previous operations and structures. As such, our programming will take on new adaptions and changes to suit our situation. In particular, we will be shifting our focus to longer programming cycles, led by a newly-designed residency model to make use of our new office, project space and organisational partnerships.

The Residency Program is a pilot; a way to situate Cool Change as a testing grounds for new forms of programming and presentation.

Application information can be found on our website.

Each residency project will receive a fee of $3,000 (inc. GST). This fee is set through recommendations and from our past programming experience. It is designed to support your residency and the delivery of outcomes.

Please get in touch with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Residency Program Info-Pack

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This program is supported by the Government of Western Australia’s DLGSC (Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries) and the Australia Council for the Arts.