Madeleine Beech, Transformed Artefact, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist(e)merging 2020

(e)merging celebrates artists at a point in their practice where new avenues are being explored, negotiated, and fulfilled. In efforts to widen support for nascent artistic practice in Perth, Room01 has teamed up with Artsource to organise a professional development and exhibition program offered to early career artists.

We want to contribute to, and help shape the ecologies of artistic and curatorial practice in Western Australia. We welcome collaboration with arts organisations, institutions and professionals, and this program is offered to create a dialogue around the means of support available to early career artists in Western Australia.

The organisers hope that this program will explore and support the breadth and depth of contemporary concerns in emerging artistic practices.

  • WHEN: 28 August to 25 September 2020
  • WHERE: Old Customs House, 8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle WA 6160
  • REGISTER: Join Old Customs House mailing list for event invitations, sign up here >



To join the artist mailing list and to receive details about free graduate membership with Artsource, sign up here >

Submit your artwork

  • REGISTER: To submit your work for the exhibition, register here >
  • FEES: $5 for Artsource members, $25 non-members
  • BURSARIES: Bursaries available for entry fees, transport costs for regional artists, see below.
  • DEADLINE: 11.59pm Sunday 2 August 2020. 
  • ARTWORK DROP OFF: 15 to 17 August 2020 to Old Customs House, 8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle WA 6160


Come and help Room01 Collective to install (e)merging 2020 and gain valuable professional development experience.

  • CONDITION REPORTING WORKSHOP: To sign up for the workshop, register here >
  • CONDITION REPORTING VOLUNTEERS: Volunteer to help condition report during artwork drop-off, register here >


Room01 Collective is a newly formed arts organisation based in Perth WA established in 2019. Its current members are Aimee Dodds and Elizabeth Smith, recent graduates and arts workers whose aim is to facilitate spaces for emerging artists to exhibit on a regular basis. When formed in 2019, Room01 Collective included members Annie Huang, Stirling Kain, Molly Werner, Jaimi Wright, Claudia Minutillo and Grace Hewitt.

Our inaugural exhibition titled (cross)hatched was held in 2019 as a survey of graduate artists who completed their final studio unit in 2018. The participating graduate artists were invited from the institutions in Perth that offered a visual arts qualification; the University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and North Metropolitan TAFE. These artists were making their marks at a junction in their careers - the point where the trajectories of their experiences within educational institutions encounter external experiences, their lines intersecting. Playing off of the tradition of the Hatched National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, (cross)hatched did not ‘curate’ submissions rather, it created space in the gallery for any artwork that is offered by its maker.  Our intention was to simultaneously celebrate and critique Hatched. Our hope was that (cross)hatched engendered healthy debate over our art institutions, what role they play on a local and national scale, and what opportunities they successfully provide (or don’t) for emerging artists.

For more information on the collective, visit Pelican Magazine > 

To view the 2019 (cross)hatched catalogue, download here >

This exhibition is offered in partnership with Artsource and Old Customs House


Message about COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought many challenges to everyone and we express our appreciation for the generosity and perseverance of all our colleagues and partners who are making (e)merging 2020 possible.

With continued support from Artsource, the exhibition is still able to go ahead with important professional development opportunities for emerging artists. Stay tuned.


Summary of Terms and Conditions


Bursaries + Funding

Participating artists are responsible for having appropriate insurance cover for public and product liability. Artsource MAX members are covered with their existing insurance policy.

Bump In/Bump Out

  • Works must be hung using existing hanging system
  • Fastening and adhesives are not to be used. Only screws are permissible on the MDF panel walls

Invigilation of the gallery is managed by exhibiting artists. 

Artwork sales
A commission of 25% is deducted from the sales of artworks sold during the hire period. Sales can be made via EFTPOS, cash or Art Money

Membership Status
All exhibiting artists must have current Artsource membership or Associate subscription throughout the hire period.