'So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be'. (Tennyson)
Published September 23rd 2013
If it isn't in the Lonely Planet Guide it should be
As a newby to Adelaide, navigating my way from Pirie St to Rundle St mall via unknown alleyways, I stumbled across Tarts Gallery, a gem of a shop in Gays Arcade. It's a triple-fronted blaze of colour that entices you inside, then seduces your mind and wallet with one-of-a kind creations.
The name of the shop conjures up images of patisserie, glam photo shoots or attire that leaves little to the imagination. The reality is both more imaginative and more prosaic. The 'Tarts' in question are a collective of over 30 artists and designers who have banded together to staff, stock and pay the rent of this unique enterprise.
Tarts Gallery in Gay's Arcade
The result is a mini department store of textiles, ceramics, glass, paintings and other art media crafted into fashion, wearables, accessories, sculpture, jewellery, homewares and display items. The stock is very reasonably priced for the quality it represents and the store's central location, thanks to Gays Arcade providing a reduced rent to support our local artists.
Open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, Tarts Gallery is the perfect place for gift shopping and spoiling yourself. It's also a place to browse, to admire, to speak to local artists and designers and to get your own creative juices flowing. And who knows, maybe you will end up as a member of the collective, displaying your own creations.
T'Arts is short for Textile and Arts Collective. We began as a group of textile artists looking for a place to sell our work in the city. The idea expanded to include other mediums such as painting printing photography glass ceramics jewellery sculpture etc. The gallery is run by the artists so everyone you meet in the shop is one of the creators of the beautiful works you see there.
I love T'arts!! Always find something to tempt me there . . . a great place to go when looking for gifts, Christmas or any time of year for that matter. And each year I treat myself to one or two unique items of clothing - a skirt, a top, a scarf or whatever takes my fancy . . .beautifully handmade, you won't find anyone wearing the same thing, and certainly no more expensive (and often cheaper) than items from the big name department stores. And you are supporting some of our wonderful local artists and artisans :). As you can tell I'm a big fan, and have been ever since I discovered it a few years ago . . .