DAMP, 7 Hours in a Bathroom, 2005. Mirror ball, paint, smoke machine, audio component, bathroom installation, TCB and Uplands Gallery toilet. Installation view at TCB art inc., Melbourne. Photo: James Lynch
TCB art inc. is an artist-run gallery based in Melbourne, dedicated to providing a space where young, emerging, and established artists alike have the artistic freedom to explore, experiment, and take risks within their practices.
The gallery was established by artists Blair Trethowan, Sharon Goodwin, and Thomas Deverall, who saw a vital position for a noncommercial, nonprofit space in Melbourne’s central business district: to expose the work of young, emerging artists and established artists wishing to exhibit work outside of commercial or institutional contexts, and to a wide and disparate audience. What has developed is a lo-fi, high-energy, progressive, and rigorous project with ambitious aims, offering support and assistance to young, emerging, and established artists at a very “grassroots” level, and facilitating ongoing dialogue between them and the broader art and non-art communities. Since its founding, TCB has supported and developed the careers of more than 500 young artists, many of whom presented their first solo exhibition at the gallery, with a high percentage continuing on to be represented by commercial galleries and to exhibit in curatorial spaces, both locally and abroad.
TCB is run by a committee of volunteers, who are all practicing artists, curators, writers, educators, or arts administrators. The current committee members are: Michael Ashcroft, Lane Cormick, Pat Foster, Ry Haskings, Amita Kirpalani, Liang Luscomb, Simon McGlinn, Taree McKenzie, Rob McLeish, Noriko Nakamura, Lisa Radford, Kate Smith, and Alex Vivian.