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Published September 2nd 2013
Creative Thinking Leads to West End Art Hub
The Art & Design Precinct in West End
Hidden in the back blocks of Brisbane's West End, is an art gallery determined to raise the profile of Brisbane's local artists. After a year in business, directors Grant Hiscock and Michelle Bowden have got their formula down to a fine art, with a busy program of art exhibitions featuring either groups of artists or individuals, which changes on a fortnightly basis.
Friday night opening nights are an event to wash away the dreariness of the working week with some bright new works from rising Queensland artists. With a program of live music from local performers, finger food and a bar, as well as an opportunity to meet the exhibitors and discuss their work, these evenings are a good opportunity to leave the doldrums behind and indulge in some creativity and fun.
On the evening I attended, local artists Dave Newman and OmiLee were on hand to explain their works to me and give a greater insight into the life of an artist. Both artists have won awards for their work, and Dave in particular has had his work in overseas exhibitions. Their artwork was appealing and engaging, while very different in nature. Dave paints straight onto wood, giving his work a real sense of depth and texture, experimenting with three dimensional perception, while OmiLee's simpler, deconstructed style of paint on canvas was an opportunity for her to reach back to the foundations of expression, rather than focus on trying to perfect her images.
Both artists feel the need to express their artistic nature and life experiences through their work, but both find their true passion relegated to after hours work. It is normal to find them staying up until the early hours of the morning to work on their latest piece, while during the day, the reality of needing to have a "normal" career, or family commitments takes precedence. If it wasn't for the enthusiasm of the Art & Design Precinct directors to give artists a chance to display their work, Brisbane audiences would miss a wonderful opportunity to see new artists who are finding their place in the modern world.
Visitors Enjoy Viewing the Artwork at the Latest Opening Night
Art on display can be viewed every day of the week with the exception of Monday, when the gallery is closed. In addition to the artwork, there are displays of other local products, including produce, decorative items by local artists, prints and artisan jewellery. You can even have a coffee while you browse.
The premises are also available for private function hire, and make an interesting alternative for a birthday party or business break-up. There is a full kitchen available, and the space is large enough to host a large group. It has even been used as a venue for art classes.
If you are feeling artistic yourself, you may wish to indulge in creating your own art work in the gallery space on Tuesday afternoons. Surrounding yourself with the work of others may just give you that inspiration trigger you need to get your own creative juices flowing. Or perhaps attend a life drawing class run by the centre.