An artistic interruption

An artistic interruption

Artist and founder of Southgate’s new Three O’clock Gallery Kim de Kretser said the motivation underpinning its establishment was based on bringing the community together for a conversation.

The not-for-profit project, which now occupies a re-purposed retail space on Southgate’s upper level, will explore social and environmental themes through installation art, film and public talks.

Supported by Southgate Melbourne, RMIT and a host of other organisations, the project will feature six exhibitions over six months exploring a range of topics such as women, diversity, displacement and oceans.

Ms De Kretser said its launch exhibition Interrupted would present a series of interactive artworks that welcomed the viewer to reflect on the nuances of what the gallery was all about – conversation.

“The exhibition invites visitors to respond to art about conversation,” she said. “You might be encouraged to ask a stranger a question, reflect on a lost conversation or type up an old wives tale.”

“It’s a beautiful space and people are welcome to pop in for a look, to chat to our studio artists or to have a cup of tea with us!”

Ms De Kretser’s grandmother, who met her neighbour everyday for more than 50 years for tea and conversation, inspired the vision for the project.

Ms de Kretser said over time, the entire neighbourhood came to know where they could find someone to talk to daily at three o’clock and would randomly drop by.

She said she hoped the new gallery space could help create a similar atmosphere for the local community to pop by for a visit whenever they liked.

“It’s exciting to launch a completely new arts concept that brings together artists from across the spectrum of creative practice and we hope to broaden how people engage with semi-public space,” she said.

Interrupted will run from March 8 to 22.

The gallery is open from 11am to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.

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