Gallery’s last show
ARTIST is selling his Carnegie gallery to focus on his health.
Mr Breslin (below) spent three and a half years “developing, building and restoring” an old Uniting Church at 254 Neerim Rd to create The Breslin Gallery.
He said he was reluctantly taking the three-storey property to auction on August 6 because his health and restrictive permit conditions meant he could no longer do what he wanted with the gallery.
Mr Breslin, a feature of the Australian art scene since the late ’90s, has spent recent months battling leukaemia, a bone-marrow transplant and kidney disease.
He said the former church, first constructed in 1884, was “just a pile of bricks” when he took ownership in 2009.
The gallery and a cafe now occupy the building’s bottom floor. The second storey features a studio and selfcontained apartment used by Mr Breslin and the third, another apartment. The artist will be holding a final exhibition, titled Exit the Blood Machine, at the gallery for three weeks from August 13. Gary Peer, Carnegie, agents Leor Samuel and Aviv Samuel are handling the listing in conjunction with George Takis and Matthew Feld of Teska Carson. They said the “unique” property was difficult to price, but estimated it would sell in the mid to high $1 million range.