Floating Goose Studios Gallery and artist space
ORIGIN Prior to its incarnation as a studio and gallery, this space was packed with shoes and clothes. But the former iconic Trims building is now a haven for artistic young locals.
SOMETHING SOMETHING OLD OLD Trims operated for about 75 years, but poor trade saw it close its doors for the last time in 2013. In May, a group of Adelaide Central School of Art students were handed the keys to the two-storey space at the rear of the King William Street building and are busy converting the leased levels into art studios and a gallery called Floating Goose Studios. To the rear of the building there is also a 'vintage decor room'. According to artist and musician and Will Morgan, ”It's pimp... gangster even” and there are plans to use it for special events such as album launches.
SOMETHING NEW The eclectic gaggle of emerging artists that now inhabit the space includes a lawyer, a special-effects technician, a hip-hop artist, high-school students and mature-aged students. “It’s really nice to have that feeling of camaraderie,” says second-year art student and group member Chris Carapetis, 32, who also lives in the city. “We’re emerging artists who recently graduated or are still students, so finding a space and converting it has been an interesting learning experience.”
WORK IT For Will, collaboration is key to success after an art course ends. “Family members are helping out and the gallery is almost set up,” says Morgan, 29, from Tranmere. “The Trims building is already riddled with other creative collectives doing different things, which I hope creates healthy competition.”
MY SPACE Urban renewal enablers Renew Adelaide also spotted potential in the front section of the prime CBD property owned by Karidis Corporation. “There has been a lot of commercial interest in the site,” says Renew Adelaide General Manager Lily Jacobs. “So we’ll have to wait and see what happens there in the future.”
DYNAMIC DUO Local artists Kaspar Schmidt-Mumm (kaspart.com) and Lucas Croall have also set up temporary digs in the front section of the building. The lads launch Mr. Ist, an immersive temporary retail gallery space on June 12. The exhibition featuring their own art and works by the likes of Dave Court runs for six days only (10am to 8pm daily) and concludes on Wednesday June 18.
MORE PLEASE It is all part of the ongoing emergence of art collectives and markets based in the city’s South East. Flinders Street Market, Market Shed on Holland, Gilles Street Market, The Mill art hub and Tooth and Nail studios and gallery are all located within a few blocks of the new addition to the city’s bustling artscape. Floating Goose Studios hope to open their gallery doors in late June.
Artists Chris Carapetis and Gabi Cirocco