Shop till you pop-up for art

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE pub­lic will be able to check out some pop-up art while they are do­ing their shop­ping thanks to a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Vic­to­ria Park Centre for the Arts and a group of Perth artists.

An un­used shop at Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tral has been transformed into an arts space, with the first artists on show be­ing South Perth res­i­dent Karin Godecke and Leem­ing artist Asta Lan­der.

The duo will have their work on dis­play un­til the end of Au­gust be­fore another five ex­hi­bi­tions will take place in the space un­til Novem­ber 9.

Godecke said the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their art­work was an op­por­tu­nity too good to miss.

“We don’t have ac­cess to space like this and we’ve al­ways wanted to put on an ex­hi­bi­tion to­gether,” she said.

“My work is dream­like and whim­si­cal and they are acrylic on can­vas.

“We have had some fab­u­lous peo­ple come in and they’ve told us they re­ally like the ex­hi­bi­tion be­cause they can go shop­ping and check it out.”

Lan­der said she was putting to­gether 100 por­traits of peo­ple with an­i­mals and some of these were on dis­play.

“They are all sto­ries that you wouldn’t expect,” she said.

“I’ve com­pleted a por­trait of Mozart and his pet star­ling, which he bought in a pet store and be­came his muse.”

Vic­to­ria Park Centre for the Arts gen­eral man­ager and artis­tic di­rec­tor d472737 Clare Szmekura said a re­la­tion­ship be­tween the arts centre and the shop­ping centre had al­lowed for the op­por­tu­nity to tran­spire.

“It’s in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing to have this gallery space and it’s cer­tainly a dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere for artists to show­case their work and for the pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence this too,” she said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Asta Lan­der and Karin Godecke.

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