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The highly popular Espionage Gallery in Adelaide was forced to close its doors after financial difficulties, but it has now re-incarnated itself as a pop up gallery.
The beauty of a pop up gallery is that it can literally well, pop up wherever they please, and Gallery Director Joshua Smith has chosen the tranquil Himeji Gardens in Adelaide's South Parklands as the location for his next exhibition. The Himeji Gardens are part of the parklands that have been beautifully landscaped in a traditional classical Japanese style, and are quite unique in Adelaide.
Joshua has partnered for this event with Kat Coppock, an emerging artist and curator of several successful exhibitions including Flotsam at Four Doors Plus One, Male - Real/Ideal at The Mill, Tetratologists, and Feathers at Format Gallery.
Joshua says "The Himeji Japanese Gardens on South Terrace provide the perfect atmosphere to host a studio Ghibli-inspired event. It's like walking into an anime set, you almost expect there to be a forest sprite peeking out from behind the trees. The only issue is where we're going to put everyone!"
The Sea of Sand at Himeji Gardens in Adelaide's South Parklands
Rather appropriately the Spirited art exhibition hosts 25 artists from Adelaide, interstate, and Japan including Alyshia Eming, Cameron Brideoake (Melbourne), Creature Creature (Melbourne), Daria HK, Earther (Kobe, Japan), Harry Plane, Nicole Tattersall, Rain Teo, Rebecca Murphy (Sydney), Rem, and Tsunami Hee Ja. They provide an interesting teaser to the huge SALA Festival 2104 that starts in August.
But Spirited aims to be more free family entertainment than simply an art exhibition. There will be activities for kids and all the family, with interactive games and giant Totoro's, origami sessions and workshops teaching the art of Manga Japanese comic styling for both kids and adults.
Free live entertainment will include a traditional Japanese music performance, and sets from DJs Marcus and Ocky Plant. Some of Adelaide's fine food trucks will be on hand to tempt you to try tantalising new tastes - although I can't guarantee that they will have a Japanese flavour.
This free event will be day of fun and family entertainment. It takes place on Saturday July 26 from 10am to 5pm, and offers a chance to experience Espionage Gallery in its new form as a creative pop up gallery. Get a taste of Japan, then fossick the food trucks for some fun food.