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Small works exhibition showcasing big depth across region

January 23, 2022 BY

One of the Surf Coast Art Space volunteers setting up the 150 pieces of art showcased in the Small Works summer exhibition. Photos: SUPPLIED

THE Surf Coast’s art scene is on full display to kick off the new year with more than 150 pieces of art ready for viewing and purchase at The Multi Arts Centre (The MAC) in Torquay.

The barrage of artwork is part of the Small Works summer exhibition facilitated by artist-run initiative Surf Coast Art Space, with 40 different artists showcasing their abilities.

According to Surf Coast Art Space president Sally Groom, the exhibition has been open since January 2 giving tourists the perfect opportunity to fully gauge the diversity of the region’s art scene, given the gallery’s proximity to Torquay’s Visitor and Information Centre.

“This exhibition for us really signifies for us that there is a really much needed place in Torquay for large-scale community run visual arts facility,” Ms Groom said.

“These kinds of exhibitions provide opportunities for all artists to take part, a promising sign when coupled with the enthusiasm we have received from visitors in this enterprise.”

The Surf Coast Art Space’s Small Works summer exhibition will run until January 30, from Thursday to Sunday between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

Organisers advise visitors to pop in early to look at the wonderful work by local artists and support the artistic community.

“These are really quite amazing paintings and because they are quite small, they are also really affordable,” Ms Groom said.

“This fact is a primary reason why we decided to hold this exhibition, because we get visitors who might not have a lot of many to spend on artwork but want to buy something from our region.

“That might lead to a purchase of one of the small works, most of which are worth under $100.”

The MAC has been divided into two sections, with the Torquay Theatre Troupe directing showings at the venue’s theatre “The Shoestring Gallery”, while the Surf Coast Art Space handles the neighbouring “Hoop Gallery”.

Looking ahead the Surf Coast Art Space Committee is seeking expressions of interest for the rest of 2022 from individual artists, artist groups, curators and community groups who have a vision for the creation and presentation visually engaging display of works in the Gallery.

The committee welcomes expressions of interest from people who don’t have a full body of work, as it can bring artists together to create joint exhibitions.

For details on how to apply, head to surfcoastartspace.com.au for more information.