Utopian Slumps operated as an art gallery in Melbourne, Australia, from 2007 to 2014. Melissa Loughnan, Utopian Slumps’ founding director, shifted the business to an agency in 2015, through which she continues to manage public art projects, art consult, write, and perform freelance curatorial work.
Utopian Slumps has developed and implemented numerous large-scale public art installations and private art projects. Previous projects include production of an editioned series of works with artist Mark Rodda for the Citadines Hotel, Bourke Street, Melbourne; art consultant to Tourism Victoria for their Lost and Found Hotel, 2010 and 2011; the temporary activation of the Docklands Harbour Esplanade, a tender awarded by Places Victoria, 2012-16; consultant to Lend Lease on the tendering process, development and implementation of a major public artwork for Craigieburn Central, 2013-14; consultant and artist mentor for the inaugural Kisho Prize at Melbourne Central for the GPT Group, 2014; and consultant to Little Projects and Hickory Group on a foyer installation for their Central South Yarra development, 2015.
Current projects include consultant to Anna Schwartz Gallery for M Docklands; consultant to Right Angle Studio on art for the Three Thousand Apartment; consultant to GPT Group on public art and cultural activation for Highpoint shopping centre; and consultant to Neometro and BKK Architects on art projects for their Jewell Station development, Brunswick.