Micro Galleries - Cool Little Laneways and Cafes of Nowra Transformed
The next great canvas for Micro Galleries
Image: Tiny People – Teresa Schebiella – used with permission of the artists.
From 8 – 24 May Nowra’s ‘cool little laneways’, cafes and shops will be transformed into micro galleries showcasing local, national and international galleries.
Supported by a grant from the Regional Art Fund (RAF) the Micro Galleries: Changing the World … in small and creative ways project will kick off with a huge opening weekend featuring projection installations, an interactive pop-up arts space, seven free walking tours led by performance artists, live micro performance installations and a series of workshops.
The RAF grant has been used to help pay for artists materials and works, the pop up space and to pay a local Artistic Producer and Production Manager to make the event a reality.
Nowra is the first Australian centre to host Micro Galleries after its success in the township of Langa, Cape Town and Tai Hang and Wan Chai in Hong Kong.
Artistic director, Kat Roma Greer, grew up in the Illawarra and spent a lot of time in the Shoalhaven including most recently as an Artist in Residence at Bundanon Trust where the idea to make Nowra the next canvas for the global art project blossomed.
‘During my residency with Bundanon Trust I spent some time in Nowra and was blown away not only by the amazing art community that works across the Shoalhaven, but also by the beautiful buildings, cool little laneways and the cafes and shops around the Nowra CBD.
‘Other factors like the Nowra Alive initiative also influenced the decision,’ Kat said.
The work of 20 Shoalhaven artists will be exhibited along with 15 international and national artists. The international artists include US based photographer, Chuck Scalin; Finnish street provocateur, Elissa Erikkson and exiled Iranian in Paris, cartoonist, Kianoush Ramezani.
Kat said two local artists, Bonnie Greene and Suzi Krawczyk had already stepped onto the Micro Galleries’ international stage with their work featured in Cape Town.
‘After Nowra I hope to take more local artists’ work with me to Denpasar, Indonesia for our Micro Galleries exhibition in September-October,’ Kat said.
While the exhibition will run until May 25, Kat hopes as many people as possible will experience the great opening weekend of activities.
‘Micro Galleries aims to bring art, in many forms, into the community to demonstrate that art is for everyone and does not have to only be presented in galleries and theatres but can break out of these spaces and ingrain itself into a community,’ she said.
‘It’s all free and a fantastic way to experience the town of Nowra.’
The full program is available here.