New exhibition in Fremantle’s art-full staircase

Teresa Fernandez, Anita Phillips and Melissa Bentley.
Teresa Fernandez, Anita Phillips and Melissa Bentley.

IN a world that is so fast paced, the curator for a new Fremantle exhibition wants people to slow down and just enjoy some art.

THREE is a new art exhibition in the stairwell of the National Hotel.

Curator Teresa Fernandez said most people knew about slow food or slow TV, but not slow art.

“Slow food started in Italy as a response to modern life and everything getting fast paced and people not taking the time to enjoy a slow meal and conversation,” she said.

“It is really asking people to take the time in enjoying the exhibition not just racing around but thinking how it was put together and enjoying the experience.”

Melissa Bentley and Anita Phillips will show their work alongside Fernandez.

Fernandez said it was important to put works together that makes sense.

“In this case they are quite different types of work by they still work together as a group of three,” she said.

“Anita is a country girl who depicts rural scenes, Melissa does abstract and sometimes semi abstract collages.

“In this exhibition my work is mostly ‘still life’ art, there are things that appeal to me or that have a meaning to my daily life.

“The work will be mixed because there are a lot of alcoves which used to be windows and doors that have been bricked in, so you have to work in the confine of the alcove.”

National Hotel owner Karl Bullers said exhibitions like this activated the space.

“It is bringing a new audience to see the artwork, people who might not set out to go to an art gallery,” he said.

“It’s making the most of the heritage setting, you have this great staircase, it’s a unique gallery probably the healthiest gallery in WA because you walk up all those stairs.”

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: THREE

WHEN: Wednesday May 29 to Friday August 30

WHERE: The Staircase Gallery at the National Hotel