The alleyways of Melbourne are filled with gems – ranging from concept bars, to cosy cafes and to art galleries. Screen Space falls into the latter category and it is a real find.
Screen Space is the not-for-profit sister of Beam Contemporary, which is a commercial art gallery offering an impressive array of predominantly photographic works. Screen Space occupies the ground floor level of the combined gallery space, while Beam Contemporary occupies the upstairs section. Both spaces have fresh, neat and modern interiors, which not only creates a pleasant environment to spend some quality time in but it also provides a great backdrop for the artwork.
Unlike Beam Contemporary, Screen Space exclusively focuses on art related to screen culture, including projected photographic stills, moving images as well as audio-visual material. Screen Space is therefore an anomaly in comparison to other art galleries in Melbourne, due to this specific focus on screen culture. The exhibitions themselves ordinarily change every three weeks, which ensures that Screen Space is a gallery that may be visited time and time again.
The featured exhibitions mainly incorporate works from Australian artists ensuring that a visit to Screen Space provides a great opportunity to support local talent. Moreover, both artists and curators are offered the space free of charge to present their works. A sense of community spirit, as well as a forum to exchange ideas, is more than apparent in the space.
A visit to Screen Space is really an experience, with the intimate space, the sensorial works on display and the friendly and knowledgeable staff, all making it very impressive indeed.