An inner-city pub is giving young Australian artists the perfect space to showcase their work.
The bubbly and hip Goodspace Gallery is part of Chippendale’s Lord Gladstone Hotel and is rent and commission free.
It hosts weekly exhibitions, like the recent “Cowboys Die Too” by Joseph Christie Evans.
Evans is among the second and third year students of the National Art School who’ve been exploring the themes of adaptation and nostalgia.
Their art is expressed in various forms – from watercolours to embroidery, to knitting and more.
There’s an element of sincerity in Evans’ art, which lends itself to the nostalgia theme.
“I’ve gone with the literal cowboy throughout my work,” he explains, “but everyone is experimenting. It’s a plethora of old style [and] sad/happy memories – together in one culmination”.
Taking inspiration from her hometown of Gilgandra in the Central West of New South Wales, she uses sustainable resources and watercolours made from ochre and leaves, and foods such as avocados and beetroot.
Exhibitions rotate each Wednesday. More details can be found on the gallery’s website.
Some of the artists on display at the Goodspace Gallery.
– Caitlin Micallef