James Makin Gallery was established in 2003 in a small shop front on High Street, Armadale. During these foundational years, James Makin began to build a strong stable of artists, and began exhibiting at art fairs. Following the success of the gallery, in 2009 the gallery relocated to Cambridge Street, Collingwood – a warehouse space three times the size of its previous location.
For the next decade James Makin Gallery continued its trajectory of growth and market excellence, expanding its stable, attending international art fairs, and becoming a regular presence at major national art fairs. During this period, James Makin appointed a second director, Jessica Velasquez. In 2021 James Makin Gallery relocated once more to Islington Street Collingwood, setting the tone for a new decade with a world-class, architecturally designed gallery space. From its humble beginnings, James Makin has established his gallery as a leader in Australian contemporary art.
Established in 2003, James Makin Gallery is a leading presence in Australian contemporary art.
The gallery’s central commitment is the promotion of excellence in innovation and contemporary art, which is articulated in its strong stable of artists, curatorial expertise and world-class exhibition spaces. James Makin Gallery is proud to represent a select stable of highly-trained Australian and New Zealand artists. Ranging from early career to established senior artists, its stable represents the breadth and calibre of contemporary art.
The gallery is situated in Collingwood, Australia – one of the country’s premier destinations for art and culture. Located at 89 Islington street, it is an industry-leading contemporary gallery, designed by Tristan Wong (SJB architects), the creative director of Australia’s 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition. Located in an expansive converted warehouse, the gallery boasts a 5.5 metre apex ceiling, four metre gallery walls, two large exhibition spaces, a private viewing room accessed by a concealed, pivoting wall, a client bar, and the polished concrete floors that have become synonymous with James Makin Gallery.