Through the 55 years of a painting career I have always thought it would be great to have my own gallery; just down from my front door, no transport problems, no hassles getting heavy paintings from carparks up to city galleries, no exorbitant commissions. Now, in my senior years, I have the next best thing, a gallery within the community where I live.It is a communal gallery and it is just down the walkway from my front door. I can saunter down there before breakfast and do some work or sit with my mug of coffee and soak up the lightness and brightness of the walls and gentle grey polished cement floor.
The CoLab2 Gallery has the feel of community. It says ‘lets be friends’ to whoever comes in. It is serene,peaceful; with sunlight and dappled shade playing on the balcony.
It can be any artist’s dream-come-true to exhibit in this intimate and pristine space with its high ceilings. The rent for hire is affordable and there is no commission taken from sales. We have an Application to Hire form that you can download from this website.
Small performances, book launches or poetry readings as well as exhibitions and clean workshops will be welcomed in this space. We invite you to come and have a look at the SHAC CoLab2 Gallery.
Fiona Gavino planning with curating artist Marcelle A Riley today for Kwobidok Yorga - Noongar women artist's exhibition opening May 31st in our new CoLab2 gallery. Part of our upcoming SHACtivate! programme
On the 29th March 2019 we were treated to the opening of an exhibition of paintings on Booyeembara Park, by Lynne Tinley. The exhibition continued from Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st March. WHERE: CoLab 2 Gallery, SHAC, 3 Cower Mews White Gum Valley
"My writing residency at SHAC over the past week has been lovely. I had the time and space to focus on my novel. The spacious studio fills with light and offers a quiet space without interruptions. It was good to engage with the SHAC residents over yoga, a walk in the park and the occasional chat. What a hospitable and friendly bunch of creatives! The ‘sharing’ session on Saturday was a great way to go a bit deeper into the writing project and discuss writing technique among other ways to support a creative practice. Most of all I loved the nearby Booyeembara Park for its diverse landscapes and abundant bird life. Thank you SHAC. Tineke Van Der Eecken
This is part of a three piece public art work carried out by SHAC artists under commission. We worked with Josh Burn Associates to produce bike racks whose design was based on elements of the WGV site, bronze informational plaques carrying historical stories and this street print whose organic native design ties in with the metal screen at the end of Cower Mews.
YARDSTOCK is local bands in backyards, folks having good times walking from house to house. It’s organised every so often as an alternative to the boganville-beer-barn-monoculture in Perth and most importantly to support local music and have a good
SHAC is a group of Fremantle based artists living as an co-operative housing group