About 20 regional artists, who form the Art@Auburn collective, will move to the Clare Art House as part of an innovative opportunity to use the exhibition space while still making it available for regional artists.
The collective has successfully operated the Gallery in Auburn for more than three years and together create a diverse collection of paintings, textiles, jewellery, pottery and metal work.
Collective member Alex Cleland said this was a positive opportunity for the group.
“To apply this collective model within the Clare Art House in Mill Street, Clare is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council and the Clare arts community to create a fun and vibrant art space,” Alex said.
A@A will provide a permanent exhibition and an Artist in Residence, enabling Clare Art House to be open to the public a minimum of five days a week.
“We also plan to run workshops, arts markets and open exhibitions,” Alex said.
“Gallery rooms and workshop space will still be available for use, free of charge, by other artists and arts groups – Art@Auburn members are happy to support and encourage anyone keen to use venue.”
Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council mayor Allan Aughey OAM said having the Art@Auburn collective in residence was a positive move in terms of the entire council area.
“This is mutually beneficial for the Collective as well as the entire art community so everyone can work together to share these fantastic facilities and share ideas in all facets of the arts,” Mayor Aughey said.
“I look forward to seeing people who normally would not be involved with the arts get a taste of various mediums and a better appreciation of their own creativity.
“Visitors are more and more looking for experiences, and what better experience than to explore their own creativity.”
Mayor Aughey said his vision for the Art House had always been as a place where creative people could expand and share their talent.
The Art@Auburn Collective will be open at the Art House at 8 Mill Street, Clare from 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Monday, from November 8.
Bookings for use of the Art House are made through the Clare Library.