Charlotte Cornish is an emerging curator, arts worker and the founding director of The Honeymoon Suite, a non-profit gallery and artist studios in Brunswick,
Melbourne. Charlotte has studied at and worked in local and international arts organisations both small and large, refining her interest in curatorial practice and engaging with artists in the contemporary field. She has previously worked for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria, Utopian Slumps, Sophie Gannon Gallery and Leonard Joel Auctioneers and Valuers. Charlotte has previously studied at the University of Melbourne (MA Art Curatorship, 2016), Monash University (BVA/BBus, 2012), and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York.
Melbourne’s art scene is quite small but diverse. My interest sits with the visual arts and this focus directs my attention to certain galleries. There are different tiers of art galleries and ways to experience what Melbourne artists have on show. The gallery
scene operates in clusters with various levels: artist-run initiatives (ARI), small non-profit organizations, commercial galleries and art institutions. The exhibition programming at each level tends to vary slightly, though this is a very simplified
explanation: ARIs will usually exhibit emerging artists, non-profit organisations will promote artistic experimentation, commercial galleries will focus on solo presentations by the artists that the gallery represents, and art institutions will have larger internationally attentive exhibitions. Some of our key larger institutions include the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Gallery of Victoria, and Heidi Museum of Modern Art. The smaller galleries are mainly scattered around the CBD and Inner North/Northern suburbs, which is where you will find interesting exhibitions by a mix of emerging and established artists.