Artists find space to park their art
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 .com.au for more information on the market or email beaufort email@example.com to register stallholder interest.
Beaufort Street Art Market organiser Lesley Thomas with artists Annette Wiguna, Judy Shear and Jacquie Penton.