Artists find space to park their art

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Tanya Macnaughton

MT Law­ley’s Bar­lee Street car park is set to un­dergo a trans­for­ma­tion next month with the launch of the Beau­fort Street Art Mar­ket on Septem­ber 7.

Cars will be re­placed by ar­ti­san stalls, art hang­ing spa­ces and live en­ter­tain­ment for what is an­tic­i­pated to be­come a monthly out­door art mar­ket event.

Artists are in­vited to turn up on the day to sell art­works in­di­vid­u­ally at a set dis­play fee of $10 per piece or ap­ply in ad­vance to book a stall space.

Beau­fort Street Net­work ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Les­ley Thomas said it was an ini­tia­tive she had dreamed about for years.

“I love Mt Law­ley, I live in Mt Law­ley and it just seemed right to hold it here,” Thomas said.

“It will bring peo­ple to the street and add to its vi­brancy but our main ob­jec­tive is to bring the artists in touch with po­ten­tial buy­ers.

“Peo­ple can speak to the artists and there’s no com­mis­sion on any of the works.”

Thomas said the costs of ex­hibit­ing in a gallery were high, par­tic­u­larly for artists who were look­ing to es­tab­lish their name.

“The art mar­ket cel­e­brates Perth’s fan­tas­tic cul­ture and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to es­tab­lish­ing it each month as a reg­u­lar part of peo­ple’s Sun­day morn­ings,” she said.

Artist Judy Shear, who works in acrylic and oil, said she jumped on board as soon as she heard about the idea.

“I think it’s a great way to pro­mote new and ex­pe­ri­enced artists,” Shear said.

“When you go to New York and Lon­don they have all th­ese fan­tas­tic places and now we’re do­ing it too. Perth can do it just as well as Mel­bourne and Syd­ney.”

The in­au­gu­ral Beau­fort Street Art Mar­ket will run from 9am to 1pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 7, and then on the first Sun­day of each month, sub­ject to coun­cil ap­proval. Visit beau­fort­stre- et for more in­for­ma­tion on the mar­ket or email beau­fort street­mar­ to reg­is­ter stall­holder in­ter­est.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d424760

Beau­fort Street Art Mar­ket or­gan­iser Les­ley Thomas with artists An­nette Wi­guna, Judy Shear and Jac­quie Pen­ton.

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