The Space

window99 was an installation space in the window of 99 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. It was a not-for-profit, artist focused space, open 24 hours a day, everyday.

The Idea

window99 offer an alternative to exhibiting art within the white cube by moving the gallery into the public setting. This also provided artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work within a highly exposed, flexible window box for an affordable rate.

The New Venture

window99 has now resolved with a new space three doors up being the next venture for Marie and Leo. The new initiative is called Conduit Arts and continues the window99 and Rollerdoor Performance Space focus on bringing emerging artists, musician and performers together along with their audiences. Check out the new space at

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Urban Matter

Exhibition runs December 10th till 31st, 2011
OPENING Saturday Dec 10th 6 - 9pm

Urban Matter

Photo: Cat Drysdale

Ben Taranto & Cherie Winter's URBAN MATTER draws on the abstractions surrounding built and natural environments. Autumn leaves are seasonally collected and disposed of, seen as unsightly bio foul detrimental to both urban waterway constructions and tram activity. Using these urban tree leaves as matter, this work returns them to their original urban environment whilst completely filling the gallery's window spaces. The artists see this action as one that explores notions of waste material and urban maintenance.

Mattress of Pagan Horror is an experimental music group formed by the Brothers Kavanagh in mid 2010 to explore their joint interest in free and improvised music. Utilising non-conventional instrumentation, the duo creates spontaneous sound scapes with the emphasis being on interaction and dynamic and textural interest. Recently the duo have been focusing on the introduction of thematic ideas into their compositions as a way of creating stepping stone like melodic and rhythmic points amidst their improvisations.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cara Fox & Douglas Pope

While We Watch You Sleep
Cara Fox & Douglas Pope
Nov 12th to Dec 3rd, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

While We Watch You Sleep

November 12th to December 3rd
OPENING Sat Nov 12th 6 - 9pm. 

‘While We Watch You Sleep’

‘While We Watch You Sleep’ combines the writings of Cara Fox and photography of Douglas E Pope in a series focusing on sleep, vulnerability and trust. Through intimate extracts of that most vulnerable human state, sleep, the collection documents the subjects' nocturnal experiences, creating short stories around them.

Both the artists have approached this body of work with different processes. Cara has been going to friends and friends of friends’ houses to share their beds with them. Noting interesting habits and patterns in their nocturnal hours, she is experiencing a side of people that she would of never have previously known and writing prose about it.

Douglas on the other hand has opted to approach his works with stealth, asking the sleeper to leave a key out and a light on in their room before creeping into their abodes in the early hours of the morning and taking photos of them while they sleep. The result is a uniquely intimate collection of media.

The exhibition is a collection of photographs and writing as well as a self-published zine of the same content (in progress).

Monday, October 31, 2011

Peter Warden

Chorus of Sediment
Peter Warden
Oct 15th to Nov 5th

Luke Kempster

Luke Kempster
Oct 15th to Nov 5th

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

After the Stasis comes the chorus of sediment

October 15th to November 5th 
OPENING Sat 15th 6pm - 9pm

Luke Kempster
Luke Kempster is a Melbourne-based video artist who has recently completed the Honours program at Monash University. His recent work involves utilizing the methods developed by gnostics and mystics from around the world to delve into the psyche in an attempt to produce insights not only into the self but to life as well.

Chorus of Sediment 
Peter Warden

Pete’s parents built him out of dirt. Pete spends his time collecting sticks and bits of tin. Sometimes he hits things with sticks. Sometimes he glues the sticks to the bits of tin."

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

REhearse at window99

REhearse at window99
September 10th till October 1st, 2011

Over the next three weeks video artist, performers, puppeteers, dancers, actors, musicians and visual artists will embrace the studio as their rehearsal space in an attempt perfect their practices.

window99 gallery sits amidst the commision flats, pubs, cafes, retail, craft/design stores and community centres of Fitzroy. For this month only the window boxes have been removed and the studio is bare. Kicking off on Saturday, the REhearse project is an exhibition that explores the idea of the artists' practice as a 'rehearsal'. Inside the window99 studio the artists will be influenced by the synergy of the surrounding urban landscape allowing the site to become material for the development of works to be created and performed within the space.

Video footage from each rehearsal will be broadcast on the REhearse project page with the schedule available at the start of each week. To view bios for all the artists involved see 'artist bios' on the REhearse site.

Barking Spider Visual Theatre
Chimene Steele-Prior
Chris Rainier
Elanor Jane Webber
Emmily Caspi
Laura Licciardi
Leo Kavanagh
Letitia Sutherland
Melanie Chilianis
Mel Dodge
Michelle Robinson
Nickk Hertzog
Real Hot Bitches 
Renae Shadler
Sheena Colquhoun
Tess E. Mckenzie
Tom Curitore

REhearse runs from SEPTEMBER 10th till OCTOBER 1st with the closing exhibition/celebration at ODESSA, 395 Gore St, Fitzroy on Saturday the 1st, 6pm.

Curated by Marie Schoenmaker & Ann Fuata 
Thanks to Aussie Rentals for their generous support!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Marianne Diaz

Paco Park 
Marianne Diaz
August 13th to Sep 3rd

Sue-Ching Lascelles

Smell You Later
Sue-Ching Lascelles
Aug 13th to Sep 3rd

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Smell You Later Paco Park

August 13th to September 3rd
OPENING: 13th Aug 6pm till 9pm

Smell You Later
Sue-Ching Lascelles

SMELL YOU LATER is a site-specific installation centred around the adolescent saying. Because of its childish nature this old
... adage is humorous, endearing and charming all at once. The absurdity of this installation seeks to bring the viewer the same sense of naivety that comes from children’s perceptions within the context of the everyday. That humour can exist in the banal and that novelty within inanity can be paramount.

The universe of Sue-Ching Lascelles is one which is both commonplace and out of place at the same time. She dreams like a juvenile delinquent of two separate worlds, a place where childhood obsessions are validated in the transition to adulthood. It’s a universe where make-and-do marry the outlines of reality and then smudges those outlines a little bit, making it hard to tell where the ordinary ends and the extraordinary begins.

Paco Park
Marianne Diaz

PACO PARK attempts to re-create the aesthetics and branding of an imaginary fashion brand. It comprises a series of jackets (26 x 42cm) in riotous colours accompanied by a fashion brand logo, Paco Park. Paco Park invites audiences to question the distinction between art and fashion. Is window99 a store window or a gallery space? Are the jackets for sale, as fashion or as art?


MAKA KHAN is a new instrumental three piece starting to make in roads into the Melbourne improvised and experimental music scene. The group comprising MARCOS VILLALTA (guitar/effects), PARIS FAVILLA (Alto saxophone) and SARAH GALDES (drums) all finished their improvisation degrees at the VCA at the end of 2010 and since then have been involved in a wide variety of music from experimental duos to folk, gypsy, funk, neo-soul and straight ahead Jazz. In Maka Khan they explore the baseless trio format with dynamic, textural and wide ranging original compositions and thoughtful reworkings of jazz standards from the past and present.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Veronica Cust & Ben Woods

Can you pass me something please
Veronica Cust & Ben Woods
July 9th to 30th

Ramona Telecican

Paris Hilton in Faux Fur
Ramona Telecican
July 9th to 30th

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Get Paid to Make Art!

ART FOR PALMER STREET is a project centered around the huge blank wall of the Brotherhood of St Laurence on the corner of Brunswick and Palmer Streets in Fitzroy. The wall is currently covered in posters and tags from late night wanderers. Be the Artist to make this eyesore a promoter for the arts and your practice!

This highly visible wall can be seen by tram sitters, riders, drivers and walkers up and down Brunswick Street as well as by the traffic down Palmer Street. The wall is 12metres (high) by 4.5metres (wide). The artist will benefit from the exposure as well as directly from the commission we raise through Pozible. Check the profile here POZIBLE!


Opposite WINDOW99 is The Brotherhood of St Laurence. "The Brotherhood works not just to alleviate poverty but to prevent it". With the Fitzroy office specifically aiming to "strengthen the capacity of new and emerging communities to become active participants in the social and economic life of Australia". More info can be found at BROTHERHOOD

INVOLVEMENT worth $1,000

As this is a large project in partnership with the Brotherhood there are a few steps required to be selected as the artist. First we would love to receive an Expression of Interest (stating info below), we will then select 2-3 artist who will come along to a briefing at the Brotherhood where a more detailed description of the work will be discussed. The artist will then submit a final description and illustration of the artwork along with equipment requirements. The final artist and work will then be selected and the FUN can begin!

The project will cover costs of paint and equipment and deal with all permits needed for the completion of the work. The artist will then receive the final commission for the project, which is aimed at being $1,000.

Project paint date is aimed at taking place during the month of November 2011 with the specific date to be discussed and confirmed with The Brotherhood and the artist.

Want to get involved? write to us at by AUGUST 10TH with the following deets...

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - Collaborations are also welcome
+ WEBSITE or Link to previous works
+ Artist CV
+ 3 IMAGES of previous works with at least one of similar nature to the work you envisage on the Palmer St Wall.
+ A STATEMENT briefly outlining what you envisage on the Palmer Street wall.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July Exhibition

Exhibition opens Saturday the 9th of July, 6 till 8.30pm and will run till July 30th.

This Month at WINDOW99 features Ramona Telecican alongside a collaboration by Veronica Cust and Benjamin Woods, with the opening night performance in ROLLERDOOR PERFORMANCE SPACE by duo Letitia Sutherland and Lauren Cruickshank.
Ramona Telecican

Paris Hilton in Faux Fur is a work embracing and reflecting upon a sub culture of social disease addicts. Addicts based on being anarchistic within social constraints, obtaining luxury without understanding the lifestyle, and counseling their admirers with homogeneous gratitude and empathy. Their first words were; marketing, PR and exponential.

Ramona Telecican's practice emerges from within three frameworks: form. repetition. delicacy. As a professional Stylist and Creative Producer, Ramona's work as an Artist finds her exploring the curiosities and intricacies of how aesthetics effect us when the power of context is in her hands.

Veronica Cust & Benjamin Woods

Can you pass me something please is a collaboration between Melbourne Artists Veronica Cust and Benjamin Woods. This work details a specific mode of physical production, closely associated with simple everyday tasks of transferring. The performance led investigation details the movement of the two artists in uniform as they enact actions of throwing, stacking and catching. Through “acting out” this simple scripted task the artists not only engage with the physicality of the act itself, but also with the absurdity of the task when it is going towards no end.

Monday, July 4, 2011

REhearse at WINDOW99 - September Call Out

WINDOW99 is seeking artists, musicians, dancers and performers for a unique SEPTEMBER EXHIBITION. For the month of September window99 will remove the window boxes to reveal the studio space behind. This space will then be open for artists, musician, dancers, performers and anyone else who would like to 'rehearse' their practice throughout the month, at any time, on any day, for as long as they like. This will create an ongoing performative work that will be witnessed by both artistic and public audiences alike.

Rehearsal dates are Saturday the 10th of September till October 1st.
Proposals due Friday July 8th

REhearse BRIEF

As history does inadvertently repeat itself, we familiarise ourselves with a cycle of behaviors and attitudes of our predecessors, contemporaries, and our current selves, which influence our present and future. This process is likened to a ‘rehearsal’ where we take on a ‘role’ or ‘persona’ to enact a ‘performance’ in the civic space.

The project will explore the idea of ‘rehearsal’ and how this can be influential on artistic practice. In this instance, window99 will become a ‘rehearsal’ space in which the synergy between the surrounding urban landscape, the artist and the site becomes material for the development of works to be created and presented on-site.


Artists are invited to present an act for rehearsal in the studio space, which for the month of September will be revealed through the removal of the window boxes that make up window99. The artists will then use the exposed studio as a 'rehearsal' space to enact and reenact their practice. This rehearsal process does not need to take the form of an object, although it can, but simply can be an act or movement repeated in the attempt to perfect the practice.
The artist fee if according to how many days/hours the artist would like to ‘rehearse’ at a rate of 25/day.


Due Friday July 8th.
More information can be found at the blogspot but please do not hesitate to call Marie (0403 668 237) before you submit your proposal to discuss any ideas, questions or to set up a time to see the space.

PLEASE INCLUDE in your proposal:

* Your details, email, ph, address, abn, website etc.
* A statement outlining your art practice and current direction
* An image and statement of a previous work that is indicative of your practice
* An outline of what aspect of your practice you would like to address during your rehearsals
* The specific days and hours you wish to 'rehearse'
* What/if any material or installation will be required for the 'rehearsal' and how much time is needed for bump in/bump out
* Whether the artist would like to reenact a final 'rehearsal' at the closing party (Venue TBC)

EMAIL proposals to

 4000mm (left to right) x 3600mm (top to bottom)

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Michele & Claire Pendrigh

Michele Grimston & Claire Pendrigh
The Beetle and the Butterfly
June 11th till July 2nd 2011