Enjoy Contemporary Art Space
Wednesday11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Thursday11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Friday11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Saturday11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
211 Left Bank Arcade
Nestled within the vibrant Cuba Street precinct, this bright and clean contemporary gallery has character aplenty, with a welcoming atmosphere suitable for art aficionados and casual perusers alike. A hum of activity surrounds the area, though once inside you are left alone with your thoughts as you tour the exhibits. With a regularly rotating schedule of work by emerging and established artists on display in their two separate exhibition spaces, you will always find something new and exciting to draw you in and keep you coming back for more.
Aside from the two gallery spaces, Enjoy features a well-stocked library and research area where patrons are encouraged to take a moment to reflect on the exhibits or read the curated selection of design books and magazines on offer. A locally built table designed by Auckland-based Micheal McCabe forms the centrepiece of the room, and minimalist wooden shelving stacked high with reading material helps foster a cosier feel in the open space.
Even the walls are painted with a thin border to "frame" the wall colours and help distinguish them as works by Sydney-based New Zealand designer Ella Sutherland. Sutherland invited artists employed as gallery technicians to propose colours they remember painting for exhibitions. The level of thought and detail that has gone into the fit out is astounding. From the wall colour to the pathways throughout the space, every aspect has been considered and the result is a comfortable and intriguing experience.
With beams and columns left exposed and the original wooden door and window frames adding some warmth, the overall result feels modern and open without being too plain. Topping it all off is the polished concrete floor throughout, cementing the gallery as somewhere to enjoy and relax; a place to experience and learn about contemporary art in an approachable way.
Words by Zack Holmes & Photography by Anna Briggs
211 Left Bank Arcade
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