Friends share space for show, sale and a cuppa

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

A GROUP of friends were run­ning on pure adrenalin in the days lead­ing up to launch­ing their art ex­hi­bi­tion, cof­fee and re­tail col­lec­tive in Clare­mont last Fri­day.

Dalkeith artist Jac Fear said he came up with the idea with barista Rob Franklin (both 24) while search­ing for a gallery to host his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion.

“I found it quite frus­trat­ing be­cause the clos­est gal­leries ei­ther weren’t big enough or are way too ex­pen­sive,” Mr Fear said.

“Get­ting ev­ery­one to­gether to col­lab­o­rate and share the space meant we have that sup­port; we’re all in it to­gether.”

In­vestor Jackie Kirch­lech­ner said the pop-up gave a plat­form to small busi­nesses that would not have the fi­nan­cial back­ing to go out on their own.

“The tem­po­rary na­ture of it works well for us, es­pe­cially since ev­ery­one work­ing here is un­der 25,” Ms Kirch­lech­ner said.

Mos­man Park res­i­dent Mr Franklin said Bayviews on Bayview was com­pletely unique to Clare­mont.

“When you’re out do­ing your Christ­mas shop­ping, just come in, grab a cof­fee, sit on the ot­tomans, look at the art or check out our re­tail,” he said.

“It is a space that peo­ple want to come in and enjoy them­selves.

“We’re all here to have fun, but also we’ve al­ready learnt so much about start­ing a busi­ness. This is po­ten­tially some­thing that we can really build on.”

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