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Hans Schabus, “Remains of the Day,” 2011. Exhibition view at Collective, Edinburgh, 2011. Courtesy the artist

Collective is committed to supporting new visual art through a program of exhibitions, projects, and commissions. Originally established as an artist-run organization in 1984, it is an international organization for the production, research, presentation, and distribution of contemporary art and culture, with a specific focus on new visual art and practices.

We aim to foster, support, and debate new work and practices in a way that is of mutual benefit to artists and audiences. We believe that visual art can provide experiences that change the way we look at our world and understand ourselves within it. Collective is a space where people can come to witness, be challenged, learn, and experience—it is a space where adventure is celebrated.

Over the past twenty-five years, Collective has developed a reputation for its consistent support for relevant, participatory, and challenging work, its continued ability to innovate by spotting and supporting new ideas, and the high volume of quality programming activities it generates. The organization has become a pioneering exhibition, commissioning, and development agency that supports new work and develops innovative new platforms on which artists and diverse communities can connect.

Collective is now recognized nationally and internationally for pioneering models of working with the best local, national, and international artists in collaboration with artist and other communities.

  • 2,162 featured artists
  • 712 Public Programs
  • 441 Exhibitions

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