Quay role for pop-up
Elizabeth Quay could get a pop-up gallery, similar to venues in the cultural hotspots of London and Berlin.
International architecture firm GroupGSA has designed a $1 million, 200sqm removable gallery and is seeking a home at Williams Landing, Elizabeth Quay.
It is understood the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority will consider the idea when it gets a formal submission.
The project has some powerful backers, including former MRA boss Kieran Kinsella, who approached the MRA with the idea he believes will draw the crowds to the quay.
Mr Kinsella said it could be used to exhibit art from Whadjuk Noongar people, or to house events such as writers’ festivals.
He said it could be moved after five to 10 years should the space be required for other buildings.
GroupGSA is offering to come up with the $1 million needed to build the venue, which would include a storage centre and an exhibition room.
The storage room would be made from a shipping container and the main room from relocatable panels on a timber frame. The windowless room would get natural light from ceiling skylights.
Principal Will Lakin said the venue was initially envisioned as a pop-up museum after the temporary closure of the one at the Cultural Centre for renovations.
“We were thinking about how we could support cultural activity at Elizabeth Quay,” he said.
Mr Lakin expects that if it gets the go-ahead, it would be used primarily for solo exhibitions and for a combination of free and ticketed events.
Temporary or nomadic cultural spaces are all the rage across Europe. A venue known as the Nomadic Museum has been travelling the globe for a photography exhibition called Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert.
The Serpentine at Hyde Park in London invites a different architect to design a pavilion every year. This year it has invited Japanese architect Junya Ishigami to design the structure.
The Temporare Kunsthalle was built in Berlin in 2008 and used for a number of exhibits, talks and events until 2010. In 2017 it was re-erected in Warsaw, where it remains.
A spokesman for the MRA said a commercial lease arrangement would be considered with a formal submission.
“The MRA has a strong history in using pop-events to help activate our places. This includes supporting the very first Fringe Festival in 2011 at the Perth Cultural Centre and has subsequently been hosted at other MRA places including Perth City Link, Elizabeth Quay and Scarborough,” the spokesman said. “
“We welcome these events.”