A NEW not-for-profit social enterprise is giving artists the chance to turn their work into a successful business opportunity.
The Artist Retail Collective (ARC) will call the Jull Street Mall home from 2018 with the aim of creating a hub of creativity in the area, housing artist exhibitions, sales and workshops as well as the ARC Tea House.
ARC Armadale co-ordinator Charlene O’Brien said ARC came about because artists needed to have a continuous local space to be able to sell work.
“The Jull St Mall is a perfect place to house a gallery shop where funding from the City of Armadale will help activate the Mall to make it a vibrant place to hang out and be creative,” she said.
“Artists are generally isolated in their own studios and have to do everything on their own from marketing, sales and production, so having a collective brings shared ideas and a place where we can help each other sell our work.
“We have a membership of 20 local artists which we want to grow to 30 and the gallery retail space which we will be moving into will hold workshops and exhibitions.
“We have so much untouched talent here that needs to be explored and appreciated.”
Visit www.facebook.com/arcincarmadale for more information.
To help the group fund a permanent site, visit https://www.gofundme.com/savethearc