Float­ing Goose Stu­dios Gallery and artist space

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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 (kas­ 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

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