I'm a QBI (Queenslander born interstate) and like to write about things that inspire me in my adopted hometown. Living by choice in the inner southside of Brisbane.
Published January 5th 2013
Creative hens' night or venue with a difference
Want to hold a "creative hens' night" life drawing party in a New York style loft studio? Or organise a private function in this funky artists' studio in a central location with a licensed bar? Vision Gallery can offer all this, complete with a view of the city, in the historic Peter's Ice Cream factory building (now the Absoe Building) in the heart of West End.
I discovered Vision Gallery when a friend's band held their CD launch here and I knew straight away this was my kinda place. The space has a wonderful relaxed yet interesting atmosphere, good sound system and acoustics, a nice view of the city from the second floor, and, with his recently acquired liquor licence, owner Steve also offers a full bar service.
Steve Bowerman, artist and multi-talent, has been renting the corner space in the historic building in West End for more than 10 years, originally as his own artists' studio and now as a small venue for functions of all kinds. He has already hosted the first hens' party for 2013 and it's only the first week of January. The hens parties consist of a 2-hour life drawing class complete with a "muscular, fit and friendly" male model, and besides being the host and bartender, drawing tuition courtesy of Steve who has 20 years' experience as an artist. The bar is open of course, and after the life drawing class is over, the party can really begin.
For more details on the hens (or bucks) night with a difference, check the website.
Griffith Film School have held their end of year student screenings here; one of Steve's large paintings hides a large projection screen. All of Steve's art is displayed here and is for sale, and as of February this year Steve will also be offering the studio as a unique space to artists – it's called "One Night Only" and it's a very affordable option for artists who want to have an exhibition opening and display their art just for one night.
And I have to mention that Steve is also a skilled cabinetmaker – he dressed and fitted the beautiful single piece of timber taken from western Queensland that is now the bar and he also made the funky curved benches that form the central seating area himself.
What a great little venue to know about! The building also boasts a large outdoor deck area just across the hallway, in case any smokers need to duck out, or if someone just needs to catch the breeze and take a bit of time out from the festivities.