Nicholas Mangan Termite Economies (NeuralNodes and Root Causes), 2019, Bronze, steel, ply, custom lighting, dimension variable. 

Art Programme (AP) is a small, arts' organisation based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia.

AP was formed by artists and writers for artists, writers, thinkers, and filmmakers to come together to critically explore contemporary ideas and developments in studio practice, art, film, politics, and philosophy. 

AP is a non-exploitative employer that respects the knowledges and specialisations of all its facilitators and participants.

We aim to keep our costs as low as possible, without compromising a fair renumeration for our presenters and guests. We support the Code of Practice established by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) (Australia).


Forthcoming—Drawing (click here to enrol) 

Art Programme is offering a series on drawing.

3 online sessions, followed by 3 studio pracs held in Katie Lee’s studio in Coburg (Naarm). Long distant participants will be able to join online. 

  • Contemporary and historical examples
  • Artists and non-art practices (astronomy, anatomy, cartography)
  • A theoretical reading each week for discussion.

The total cost is $195 for the 6 sessions or $40 for single sessions. Please contact me if you are under financial stress, so we can negotiate an accessible rate for you.

More information here

Forthcoming—(TBC) Launch of Art Programme’s publishing imprint with Nadine Christenson, Billy Bob Hawkins and Jan Bryant  (no cost).  (TBC).

Forthcoming August
Filmaking workshop with Ruth Höfflich and guests.  

Our ethos

[AP] is a post-institutional collective with years of experience and specialist knowledges. 

We recognise the limitations that institutions and bureaucracies place on creative thinking and are intent on maintaining a supportive environment in which all participants feel free to explore new ideas in confidence and without judgement.

This extends to our studio pracs and crits which are led by experienced artists who ensure that all feedback is constructive, empathetic, and relevant in the context of current contemporary art practices.

[AP] functions as a flexible organising system of unranked independent elements that can be arranged/rearranged, depending on the task at hand. As a ‘heterarchy’, we actively  resist hierarchical ordering. 

Angel Brennan, Planet Abstract I (2021) oil on linen, 125.5 x 146 cm.

Nicholas Mangan, Core-coralations, 2021, coral, aragonite, gypsum, steel, 110 x 62 x 62 cm (approx), including table.

Art Programme operates on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri of the Kulin Alliance and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders past and present.

We offer our ongoing support for the Victorian State Government's Treaty process and for Yarra City’s working group who is implementing the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for the Council.