Space Studio & Gallery
Wednesday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Thursday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Friday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Saturday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
18 Street Hill Street
027 371 8595
You don’t need us to tell you that Whanganui has got to be one of the greatest wee townships for local art in the country, as the number of galleries here should be evidence enough. Another of these brilliant places to check out what the local makers and crafters have been up to is Space Studio & Gallery – a popular place putting its own spin on the art scene in town.
Careful about not being too clinical or pretentious, Space Studio & Gallery is situated in a beautiful old building with plenty of natural light, high ceilings and beautiful hardwood floorboards that seem to soften its edges a little. More importantly, the art on display is bright, punchy and quirky without impacting on the minimalist clean aesthetic of the whole space. Run by School of Art graduate Sarah Williams who is big on mixing it up, and mixing it up often, shows only last around one or two weeks here which is testament to the fact that there is a huge number of creatives living in the area who aren’t short on inspiration.
Due to there being a number of opening nights for exhibitions throughout the year, this gallery turns into the place to be on a Saturday evening, as art enthusiasts gather to check out the latest display, drink wine and raise various toasts to the clever humans in their midst. A twice yearly market sale sees plenty of opportunity for buying too, with etchings, prints, paintings, ceramic art and mixed media pieces all up for grabs.
The ethos at Space Gallery is on supporting up and coming artists alongside those who have been in the trade a bit longer, and frequent group shows mean there’s always an eclectic mix of things to look at and marvel over.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
18 Street Hill Street
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