The Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) was established as the Experimental Art Foundation (EAF) in 1974 by a small group of Adelaide artists and theorists, in order to both encourage new approaches to the visual arts and to promote the idea of art as ‘radical and only incidentally aesthetic’.
For more than 40 years the organisation presented exhibitions and events that continuously pushed the boundaries of art practice. Exhibitions celebrated local, national and international experimental artists, and were seminal in presenting Australian and international performance art.
In 1992 Adelaide’s Lion Arts Centre became home to the AEAF’s purpose built gallery and facilities, including artist studios, offices and the Dark Horsey Bookshop. The AEAF supported critical dialogue through publications, artist monographs, talks and critical writing. Its artist studios and residency program supported some of South Australia’s leading artists of the 1990s-2010s.
In late 2016 the AEAF merged with the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA) to create a new entity: ACE Open.