Spot81 at 81 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale opened its wide doors to the public on 9 July 2014 with its inaugural exhibition, OUT OF THE BLUE, featuring works by established and emerging Australian artists including David Aspden, Paul Connor, John Firth-Smith, Bert Flugelman, Graham Kuo, Alun Leach-Jones, Sandra Leveson, John Olsen, Ann Thomson and Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang.
The exhibition schedule reflects the myriad possibilities of Australian visual artists with solo shows complemented by curated exhibitions both within and without the normal framework of a traditional art gallery. Spot81 will work to foster an artistic community with regular events such as workshops and studio visits, discussions, film nights and evenings of music and dance. Open to all areas of art and design the gallery will host specialist exhibitions through invited curators.
Spot81 in its stable of artists boasts an impressive group of arts practitioners working in diverse media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, works on paper, book arts, glass, ceramics and new media among its offering of both established and new artists to Sydney art lovers.
Spot81 is operated, managed and curated by the indefatigable Michelle Perry who, for a number of years has run successful commercial art galleries, the latest being Syndicate at Danks in the creative arts complex at 2 Danks Street. Perry is known as an artist and tertiary teacher in her own right and has, most significantly, been recognised as a leading Sydney printmaker for many years under the banner of Marnling Press, printing and publishing limited edition silkscreen and relief prints by leading Australian artists. Among the artists represented in the Marnling Press collection are Charles Blackman, John Coburn, Fred Cress, Robert Dickerson, Peter Kingston, Robert Klippel, Graham Kuo, Alun Leach-Jones, James McGrath and Ann Thomson. Marnling Press works will be available at Spot81 along with selected works from Whaling Road Studios.
Spot81 is an exciting addition to the Sydney art scene and to the ever growing Chippendale creative precinct. Conveniently located a few short blocks from the White Rabbit Gallery and numerous cafes and galleries, and within walking distance of both Central and Redfern Stations.
The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday between 11am and 5pm. Come, visit, and enjoy all that Spot81 has to offer.
CURRENT EXHIBITION: ABSTRACT
Featuring: Kate Briscoe, Rochelle Chase, Penny Coss, Christopher Gentle, Col Jordan, Graham Kuo, Andrew Nott, Jeanette Siebols, Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang