Quay role for pop-up

The West Australian - - PROPERTY - KIM MACDON­ALD

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.”

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