YVE GALLERY AT 214 SWAN STREET

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by Jo Rittey

 

The heritage-listed State Savings Bank of Victoria at 214 Swan Street, Richmond, has become a community hub with flair. The Swan Street Chamber of Commerce is activation agency Pop Union and its Food & Beverage Manager, Adam Del Mastro’s, brainchild and a very well executed project. A revolving parade of pop-up food, art, fashion and cinema will feature in this beautiful space until around September when the venue will become a pub.

 

The latest tenant to take over a cosy and contemplative corner of the complex is Yve Gallery – a contemporary art gallery by Yve Exhibitions, founded by independent art curator, Catherine Copley.

 

Catherine studied as a graphic designer and did art herself, volunteering at Heide Museum of Modern Art for 6 years as a visitor services volunteer, and then collaborating with Rob Adams, City Design Director for City of Melbourne, on the 2013 project, “Postcode 3000: a city transformed.”

 

Launched on March 28 and located on the ground floor, Yve Gallery will host bi-monthly exhibitions showcasing the works of local, national and international artists, with the space to be transformed by Copley to complement the nature and style of each artist’s work.

 

On popping up at Swan Street Chamber of Commerce Copley says, “There is already a really interesting and unique mix of retailers in the space and I’m hoping to offer a different cultural experience to visitors.”

 

The opening exhibition showcases the work of Melbourne artist, Nadia Toukhsati, on now until 23 May. Toukhsati creates surreal and figurative paintings and illustrations, drawing on themes from popular culture to create her clean graphic style. Her work explores the transition of childhood memories into the complexities of adult life through the use of symbolic and dream imagery.

 

On popping up at Swan Street Chamber of Commerce Copley says, “There is already a really interesting and unique mix of retailers in the space and I’m hoping to offer a different cultural experience to visitors. Nadia Toukhsati was the first artist to come to mind when the opportunity to curate Yve Gallery arose, as she’s a local artist whose symbolic imagery was a perfect fit for such an iconic Melbourne location.”

 

The gallery’s second exhibition will feature Tokyo based illustrator, poet, artist and occasional singer, Manabu Iguchi, from late June. Iguchi focuses on creating intricate illustrative work in his distinct modern Japanese style.

 

Yve Gallery is open every day at the Swan Street Chamber of Commerce at 214 Swan Street, Richmond from 7am to 6pm.

 

 

Jo Rittey is a freelance writer who wants to live in a world where apostrophes are used correctly and smiles are genuine. When she’s not roaming the streets of the northside in search of great food, she likes getting lost in beautiful films and having wildly enthusiastic discussions with her friends.

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