MARS Gallery has, since its’ inception in 2004, grown into one of the handful of truly prestigious commercial art spaces in Australia. Representing both emerging and mid-career artists, under the helm of dynamic director Andy Dinan, it is renowned for its adventurous and fearless approach which has made it a favourite venue for collectors, curators, artists and the general public alike. MARS sets the benchmark for commercial galleries in Melbourne while operating on an international level, this leading contemporary Art Gallery travels to art fairs around the globe and is a member of NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance).
Situated in vibrant Windsor in the City of Stonnington, MARS’ home is a purpose-built, environmentally conscious state-of-the-art gallery. Designed by JAM Architects, the space includes a street level entry, rooftop sculpture space, basement with dedicated three-screen video space, light/sound box, two gallery spaces – all enveloped in a glass facade that ensures the main gallery, which has a ceilings more than five metres high, is always bathed in light.
Andy Dinan founded and established MARS Gallery, a leading, cutting-edge commercial gallery, in 2004. Since its inception, MARS has been dedicated to supporting, exhibiting, and promoting the careers of emerging and mid-career contemporary Australian artists. MARS regularly stages exhibitions with more than 400 featuring over 330 unique artists to date, travelling nationally and internationally with art fairs and pop-up exhibitions.
Diversity is a foundational philosophy of MARS. As director, Andy Dinan advocates for platforming the voices of artists from all backgrounds, religions and beliefs systems. Andy believes the future of the arts relies in embracing art that reflects and respects the diversity of modern Australia.
In 2010, after identifying a niche for public art and placemaking in the market, Andy established ADA Consulting, one of Melbourne’s premier placemaking and art consultancy groups. ADA has with proven expertise in providing cultural placemaking in urban built environments, successfully overseeing creation of works for private and public collections, instigating public art implementation, and playing a significant role in art projects across Australia.