One of Australia’s most successful not-for-profit contemporary art spaces, Gertrude Contemporary will move to new architecturally designed premises. The new building at 21-31 High Street, Preston South was previously a large retail showroom. The flexible, wide-span building will allow for custom-designed exhibition spaces, sixteen non-residential artist studios and offices all on one level.
The new premises will enhance Gertrude’s artistic program, supporting the production and presentation of contemporary art practice. It will offer a highly functional and flexible space with contemporary exhibition gallery and studio infrastructure; shared spaces to facilitate creative collaboration and dialogue; and accessibility for audiences and artists.
The new space and first major exhibition in the new premises will be launched at the end of July.
Architects, Edition Office has been appointed to design the fit-out.
Gertrude Glasshouse, Collingwood, will remain the home of the studio artist solo exhibition program and the artistic program will continue.
‘Without question the building and location of the current premises have been instrumental in how Gertrude, its community of artists, and its broader audiences have evolved,’ says Mark Feary, Artistic Director, Gertrude Contemporary, ‘however, for over 30 years, the architectural parameters have remained the same’.
‘For the first time in our history’, he continues, ‘we have been able to design an architectural structure that will meet the needs of artists and audiences. I’m thrilled that our new purpose-built spaces will reflect our commitment to artistic development and practice. Additionally, the new location offers us the opportunity to be located in greater proximity to where many artists are now living and to contribute towards the increasing dynamisation of those areas.’
The exhibition, “The End of Time. The Beginning of Time“, 5 May – 10 June 2017, will mark the end of Gertrude’s tenure in its iconic Fitzroy building and signals the pathway to the next phase of the organisation’s evolution. It is a selective tribute to the site, and the significant role that it has played ahead of taking this history, strong network of alumni, and its ever-expanding community, to its new home.
Featured Artists include DAMP, Marco Fusinato + Mutlu Çerkez, Stephen Honegger + Anthony Hunt, Nat + Ali, Emily Floyd, Jon Campbell, Sanja Pahoki, Natalie Thomas, Danius Kesminas, Elizabeth Newman, Damiano Bertoli and more. Curated by Mark Feary, Artistic Director, Gertrude Contemporary.
Gertrude’s alumni distinguish themselves in major Australian and international exhibitions and collections with 17 of the 20 artists representing Australia at the Venice Biennale since 1995 having been Gertrude studio or exhibiting artists.