The Museum & Gallery at Heathcote Cultural Precinct (HCP) new entrance has recently been unveiled. Its new spaces include the HCP Shop, Collections Gallery and Co-Working Space. This new entrance restores the building's original 1940 Art Deco entrance and also provides a more visible and connected hub for visitors to access information about the many events, workshops and exhibitions held at the precinct.
First opened in 2014, the HCP Shop is dedicated to supporting artistic excellence and fostering Western Australian artists in a sustainable manner, creating a real sense of community. The temporary closure of the Shop was the first step in the Museum & Gallery's renovation.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said in its refurbished new presence, the HCP Shop has brought back customer favourites including ceramic pieces, crocheted jewellery and homewares handcrafted by WA local artists and creatives.
“Another new addition to the expanded HCP space is the Collections Gallery, which features a selection of recent acquisitions to the City of Melville Art Collection by key Western Australian artists. Established in 1962, the City of Melville Art Collection now consists of over 300 works,” said Mayor Aubrey.
“Envisioned to periodically rotate to showcase different works, the new HCP Collections Gallery currently features pieces by Olga Cironis, Julie Dowling, Caspar Fairhall, Laurel Nannup, Trevor Richards and Jane Ryan, among others.”
“The new Co-Working Space will offer the community an opportunity to connect with one another, featuring a shared table and charging stations for HCP visitors to catch up on work, have a chat with friends or to just take a break.”
“On Friday, 3 May 2019, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, HCP will celebrate the opening of its next exhibition, 'CAAWA 2019 Selective Exhibition'. The exhibition will showcase an exciting array of works by artists from the Ceramic Arts Association of WA. Established in 1993, the Ceramic Arts Association of WA (CAAWA) is a not for profit organisation run by members aiming to promote all aspects of handmade pottery and ceramic sculpture to anyone with an interest in the subject.”
The objectives of CAAWA 2019 Selective Exhibition are to promote practitioners and the appreciation of ceramics, educate on the art of ceramics, network and share ideas and how to best market ceramic works and is presented biannually by the Association. All members, be they students, hobbyists or professional potters, are invited to submit pieces for selection. A guest judge with significant experience in the arts is invited by the committee to select the artwork for the exhibition and from the final selection, nominate artists for a variety of awards.
This year, the exhibition will be opened and adjudicated by one of Perth’s esteemed curators, Director of Gallery East, Jánis Nedéla. Jánis served on the curatorial staff of the Art Gallery of Western Australia for fourteen years, and is significantly skilled in the display of artworks with an unrivalled knowledge of Western Australia’s leading contemporary craft practitioners. Jánis is also an authorised valuer for the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
Visitors to the gallery are invited to walk through the exhibition, enjoy the diversity of creativity and techniques, and then vote for their favourite art work. Votes are counted near the end of the exhibition and the winning artist receives a People’s Choice Award accompanied by a $500 cheque.
The exhibition will officially open on Friday, 3 May 2019 at 6.00pm and will continue to run at the Heathcote Museum and Gallery from Saturday, 4 May to Sunday, 9 June 2019. Members of the public wishing to attend the opening should RSVP by Tuesday, to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9364 5666. The galleries normal opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm.
For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/heathcote or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666