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Art & Wine Evening @ Gaffa

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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Published July 23rd 2012
Amazing food that went with the art and wine

A luxurious art space in Sydney's Clarence Street on the Town Hall end. Gaffa is located in a three-storey heritage listed building for all art lovers to enjoy. Gaffa is an art gallery; a jeweller and an artists studio and time out space all rolled into one. A variety of art courses such as silver-smithing are also available. Gaffa started in 2006 in Crown Street, and are now occupants in a previous inner-city police station space.

My art...

Around my art space later on in the night

Inside the art space at Gaffa

Did I also mention that Gaffa have a great coffee shop too? A great oasis to chill out and enjoy a quality brew. The different range of jewellery items (including hand made jewellery) is also worth checking out. The prices are fairly good too. Move over Pandora. I am not saying that Pandora do not make stylish jewellery, they most certainly do. The jewellery that Sydney appreciates is here for sale at Gaffa. Kind of like the items you can buy at some of Sydney's top markets such as The Rocks Market to name.

An artwork on display in the exhibit area

Gaffa is more than jewellery sales. Gaffa is also an art gallery home to painting, sculpture and photography exhibitions. The third floor is a private space for 15 artists. Access to this level is available by making an appointment. A great chance to see some of Sydney's top artists engage in some amazing art.

The jewellery store at Gaffa

Gaffa is also home to some private functions, one of which I was recently invited to through my writing work. At the retail level (where the jewellery is sold) Gaffa also have some private rooms that people can access as part of the arcade initiative. This is where the art and wine fun comes into play.

The painting space rules - before the writer revolution...

The painting space rules - after the writer revolution...

The wine was more than happy to wait for 15 minutes. It was great to feel like a kid again - that's right, to actually pick up a paintbrush and start painting. Even though it turned out that many of us writers can also paint; the final verdict was that we are not considering the switch back from prosperity into "starving artist" mode; especially from where we all came from any time soon. I painted the three flowers with my "good luck comes in threes" theme. The painting experience at Gaffa (a very cool art space indeed) was designed for us to paint what we feel about life, and life in Sydney. Not to mention life as an established writer. Pictures were taken of us among a painted devil, rabbit or angel theme. A picture of me was taken among the angel theme. I did as I was told and a picture of me was taken to cherish my time at Gaffa forever.

There was one naughty Sydney based writer who added the fourth rule (suck it) to the three rules of creativity when painting in this art space. Riveting.

The amazing black forest cake thanks to Black Star Pastry

A glimpse of some exhibition space

The next stop was a film installation, and it was also fun (for a gold coin charity donation) to enter into another room and play some ping pong. So far ping pong, wine and art was mixing in quite nicely. The glass of red had to be enjoyed. Make that two in tandem with some yummy treats provided by Black Star Pastry. Our group were extremely lucky Gaffa guests. The white wine drinkers enjoyed glasses of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, of which apparently is the second best selling white wine in Australia, as at the time of writing this.

A forced picture of me near the angel stencil...

Cake and wine...yum...

Heading upstairs, an open gallery awaited with a sax player. The open art space at Gaffa on the second floor is fantastic. A special thank you to Kelly, Amy, Nina and Andy from Gaffa for your amazing shop and art space. And of course for putting on this amazing night to remember. Thank you.

Gaffa @ 281 Clarence Street in the City
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Why? Great art space for creative people with play arcades, courses, exhibitions and jewellery for sale. A cafe is also on site.
When: Monday to Friday: 11am to 6pm, and Saturday 11am to 5pm. Some private functions are held outside these hours.
Phone: 02 9283 4273
Where: Gaffa
Cost: Depends on activity chosen.
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