An Introduction to Les Walkling & Co. Pty Ltd

Welcome to Les Walkling & Co Pty Ltd.

For as long as I can remember we have committed two days each week to working with other artists, either as a Service Bureau or in full scale Collaborative Production.

Sharing our extensive production facilities, along with our conceptual richness and technical know-how, cultural and artistic sensitivity, and eagerness to help and assist others, comes quite naturally, but is also something we have always prioritised.

From producing the finest printer profiles for the finest papers and inksets, to conceiving, editing, printing and staging solutions, and everything in-between, we genuinely believe that working with others beyond ego and individuality, is the way forward. This is beyond the hackneyed idea of ‘influence’, or the question of what one artist may or may not have shared with another, but is the phenomenon of looking, and seeing something else. It is about re-viewing contemporary art through a prism of shared contemporary concerns.

As more of our institutions decay around us, and those we once trusted betray in horrific or indifferent ways, we succumb to distraction and fragmentation, and the partial or the incomplete. As our vigilance gets hijacked, so do we. Rather than grasping the potential of the unknown, nostalgia surges and be-spoke this & that substitutes for progress. Instead of looking forward, we look back when times past ‘seemed’ simpler, more honest, or self fulfilling.

But the contradiction is that those past who we revere, weren’t also gazing backwards when they were doing what we now revere them for. They were visionary and exploratory, and asking difficult questions. This is why we believe collaboration and participation foregrounds our future, where shared concerns and respect for difference are artistic not just political necessities.  And this is also why we open our studio, knowledge and practice to others.

Dr Les Walkling
Andrey Walkling