Pop in for the art or the coffee at the Henderson Gallery
A new community art gallery has opening just a short stroll up Ernest Street from South Bank. The Henderson Gallery, run by the wonderful Robert Henderson, combines a fantastic little exhibition space, a great coffee shop out the front as well as various learning spaces in the building.
The gallery plans to feature a range of different artworks with regularly changing exhibitions. Initially the plan is to feature works by young people and prisoners as well as works by Robert Henderson himself. Robert believes that art is one way for people to express their opinions. His work with prisoners is inspired by the idea that artists learn by their mistakes, and that while prisoners are there to be punished, it is also an opportunity for them to also learn from their mistakes. Which is why art is a natural fit for prisoners. For young people in general, art provides a positive way to express themselves and also to learn.
The art gallery also features a wonderful coffee shop out the front. The name, Birrang, is an Aboriginal word meaning a Journey to another place. Their mission is to create a place to welcome and belonging. The cafe will be open early for people seeking breakfast or coffee on the way to work on weekdays and of course early morning risers on the weekends. It will also be a great place to pop in at any time for coffee and a snack.
Along with the gallery and the cafe, there are also numerous learning spaces in the building. Initially the gallery will be running education programmes for people who have recently come out of prison as well as disenfranchised young people. Over time additional and broader learning programmes will be developed. The Henderson Gallery will become the hub for a developing community of artists.
One of the learning & meeting spaces at the Henderson Gallery
Robert Henderson Wiradjuri is a Wiradyuri Koori from New South Wales and has a long history of working with disenfranchised young people and families in Brisbane. For the last 10 years he has taken up the visual arts. As both a successful artist and a professional counsellor, he has combined his interests to use art as a means of empowering people to both understand themselves and to express their opinions.
You don't have to be interested in art to pop in here. I think many people will come for the coffee and cake and stay to browse the art. At the moment there is an expectation that the exhibitions will change around once a month, so it will be well worth coming here at least that often if you are interested in truly local art. I would also follow the gallery on Facebook to keep track of events, courses and other happenings at the gallery.
The author attended the opening of Henderson Gallery as a guest.