Gallery reinvigorates empty shop
A store in prime position on York St is no longer sitting empty as the Make A Scene Artists Collective turned it into their latest project.
The York St Project pop-up gallery is the 11th exhibition for the group of emerging artists, passionate about turning empty spaces into vibrant galleries.
Project co-coordinator Meleah Farrell said the building has been empty for the past 18 months and the owner was supportive about the idea. “He actually sought us out after having seen other Make A Scene’s pop-up projects and how we have reinvigorated unused spaces,” he said.
“We have had more than 500 people through on our opening weekend, cementing for us that people prefer to shop locally and support local business.
“We hope that such dynamic space redevelopments will have an ongoing ripple effect across our city, revitalising our main streets by creating clusters and pockets of interesting new things for both our community and tourists to enjoy.”
The artists joined together to clean and repaint the space and opened the doors to The York Street Project last Saturday, December 15.
Sixteen local artists including Chrissie Gregory, Meagan Gardiner, Maria Cool, Becky Mitchell, Lana Moss, Tania Porter and Annie Johnson will feature their works.
Media will range from textiles and photography to paintings, artisan soaps, macrame, ceramics, jewellery, glass art and origami.
The project is open six days a week until Sunday, January 13, at 186 York Street.
The gallery is open until Sunday, January 13 .
Items available at the pop-up gallery.
The store has become an art hub.