I'm a freelance writer, living in Melbourne. I enjoy uncovering hidden in plain sight gems.
Published August 27th 2017
Sometimes art is associated with money and snobbery. I can think of a number of galleries I've been to that have totally ignored me. It's unfortunate for them as I won't be going back, but good for me as as a result I've found some far better places!
These art galleries give a great experience, and keep me going back time and time again. They are super friendly, super helpful and are so welcoming that I want to go to all their exhibitions, their opening nights and buy art from them. It's a testament to how these galleries realize that everyone is a potential buyer and that art actually is for everyone.
Forty-Five Downstairs is on 45 Finders Lane, Melbourne CBD. This gallery is super dynamic. Their exhibitions change every 6-8 weeks, and delve into art and topics that make you think. They have a lovely guest book and it's a lovely quiet space to enjoy the art. Their art is multi-dimensional and covers a range of genres. The reception team are exceptionally friendly. It also has a theatre which has regular shows. PG Printmaker Gallery
The PG Printmaker Gallery is on 227 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. I almost walked past this place, but am very glad I stepped inside. My eye was caught by some very interesting prints that I saw in the window. The ladies were so friendly. They even gave me an invitation to their opening of their show. They have quality prints, and prints done by some very famous people.
Koorie Heritage Trust Koorie Heritage Trust is at Fed Square. Despite not being well sign-posted, it's hidden in plain view. The entrance is between Arinjte restaurant and Il Pom Italian restaurant on Fed Square. Once inside you will find the people helpful, down-to-earth and welcoming. Their exhibitions are always interesting, thought provoking and eclectic. It is brimming with contemporary artists who are oftentimes little known to locals but should be known to them. This place is an art collector's paradise.
Craft Victoria Craft Victoria on 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD. This gallery has a great collection of housing goods, ceramic ware, postcards, cards, scarves, jewellery and other once-off & beautiful wares. The exhibitions take 'craft' to a whole new level, and beyond the capacity of the 'everyday'. They encourage participation and engagement, and you can get up close and personal with the art exhibitions. The shop is great for getting bespoke craft and souvenirs.
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