"I feel used": Bowraville Art Gallery Curator Julia Morrell. Coffs Coast Advocate

Bowraville gallery to close

AFTER 13 months at the cutting edge of Bowraville's cultural life, the Bowraville Art Gallery is closing.

Curator Julia Morrell said a rent increase had forced the unfortunate decision.

“It's very sad because we've really shown how many local artists there are wanting to display their art and also what a fantastic community space this is.”

Ms Morrell said having been approached by the building's owner to see what she could do with the space, that support had now been withdrawn.

“Having built up the business and achieved so much, now the rent has gone up and it's not possible for me to continue.

“I feel used.”

She said over the past year the gallery had hosted 11 exhibitions showcasing the work of more than 180 artists and craftspeople from around the Mid North Coast.

“All the exhibitions have been with indigenous and non-indigenous artists together, something that has brought many return visitors.

“The gallery has also operated as an educational hub hosting workshops on themes as diverse as recycling and genetic modification.”

Ms Morrell said the local arts community was now looking for a co-operative space owned by 'a benevolent philanthropic member of the community'.

The gallery's final exhibition, Reflections, lino-cut prints by Annette Edwards plus works by other selected artists would be closing today.

“All art work is for sale without the 30 per cent commission and we'll be having a final musical send-off from 3pm.”

Attempts to contact the owner of the building were unsuccessful.

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