Thanks for the memory

Chrissie Parrott and Jonathan Mustard with an eclectic collection of items to be auctioned. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d426817
Chrissie Parrott and Jonathan Mustard with an eclectic collection of items to be auctioned. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d426817

Parrott and business partner Jonathan Mustard originally opened the Sussex Road venue as Chrissie Parrott Arts with the aim to provide a performance space for local artists.

‘We had a particular interest in providing a space for young and emerging dance and theatre art students,’ Parrott said.

‘The space was designed so it was comfortable for new and emerging artists to show their work.

‘Artistically the space has been a success and we had the Fringe Festival through here last year, which brought months of performances.’

Parrott said the decision to close the arts space was two-fold.

‘The main reason is that the building itself, although it’s just super-dooper and old school, needs an incredible amount of infrastructure work done on the interior,’ she said.

‘Because we don’t own the building it is hard to get the big funding for those projects. On a more positive note, myself and Jonathan both have some major arts projects that are on the go, so we want to spend time focusing on those.’

Parrot said she hoped another arts organisation would be able to use the building as Maylands was becoming a hub for creativity.

‘I think the arts are starting to get a little bit more attention from the local council and there is more support for small arts organisations,’ she said.

As a part of the closure, an auction will be held next weekend to sell more than 120 art works and 300 collectable items, including some made by Robert Juniper, Cliff Jones and Julie Goldberg.

Viewing starts at 11am, with the auction starting at 2pm on Sussex Street, Maylands.