Robert Mangion was a co-founder and committee member of Kings ARI in Melbourne from 2004 - 2009. KINGS ARI is an artist run initiative which includes an administrative board consisting of a number of individual artists active in a variety of contemporary art contexts and expert in particular areas. KINGS ARI had three exhibition spaces one of which is a purpose built video projection room with state of the art audio, visual equipment that is available to exhibiting artists.
KINGS ARI hosts an annual exhibition program of individual and group shows, currated projects, presentations and events. Every artistic project associated with KINGS ARI is situated within a rigorous curatorial framework. KINGS ARI aims to facilitate the development of innovative practise and represent the works of some of Australia’s leading emerging and established artists.
KINGS ARI is a venue for developing and presenting outstanding contemporary arts practise across Australia. KINGS ARI promotes a range of cross art practices including installation, sound art, painting, drawing and performance experimentation with a particular focus on video and lens based practices.
KINGS ARI is committed to the development and support of innovative contemporary arts discourse both nationally and internationally. It facilitates a working model for artists and writes to experiment and develop innovative curatorial propositions. KINGS ARI provides a platform for artists initiated curatorial projects to reach a broad audience through catalogue publishing, public forums and community dialogue.
KINGS ARI actively pursues national and international links, collaborations and project exchanges with other programs including artists run spaces contemporary art galleries, art organisations and festivals. KINGS ARI seeks to maintain a dialogue on the development presentation and dissemination of cutting edge contemporary arts practice, playing a vital role in the sustainability of a creative arts industry in Victoria and Australia.