Wednesday, 7 November 2012

new old gallery 1855...

and there you have it the new, old gallery 1855 is open to the public all be it half the week at this stage and lets see after this exhibition how things flow with the rate system of hiring the space. some will be able to afford it and some won't.

yesterday was a day of old faces and new, i caught up with a fellow high schoolie and heaps of peeps from associations across the years.. it was a good day for that a bit of schmoozing and a bit of work.. ARTAG conducted the tours which ran rather smoothly but really what could go wrong :P and who sticks to the scrip anyway!! unfortunately the holding cell was locked up so we couldn't get into any trouble there! you can see it in the window below its the tall skinny window with a bar running up it, its a very tiny room but has an incredibly high ceiling and a very nice view... so a little history the building was the very first council chambers built in SA in 1855 and in formerly known as the district of highercombe, the main gallery was the original council room and 'jail' hence the holding cell, the building has been left in a really bad way for years and used by the SES and the CFS fire services.

hopefully we look after it better now...

the renovation was funded by federal funds, state funds and local council too, its at stage 2 now so hopefully another wing does get added for it to function as a true gallery and arts centre in the future..
 anyhoo pics from yesterday..

 rebecca photo bombing again..

 the mayor's opening speech

 tony zappia's opening speech

 gallery 2 pics

 kitchen area

 the art room, hireable space

 rebecca's work

 the ramp!

 gallery 1
 the original council room with holding cell..

 the extension stage 2

 down to the reserve opposite the fox and firkin pub..


  1. What a great old building. I am always encouraged when I see neglected spaces reconfigured for new uses.
    Best of luck!

  2. It is a beautiful space, just perfect for a gallery!