NOT just a space for budding small business owners and creative types, MANY 2.0 is also introducing visitors to the creativity of Fremantle’s up-and-|coming artists.
Nestled in MANY’s new Adelaide Street home, Smart Casual is a new art space offering local artists the chance to get their name and their eye-catching work out into Fremantle’s art-loving public sphere.
Smart Casual director Carla Adams said it was a “no brainer” to support local artists in this way.
“We have so many hard working and talented contemporary artists in Perth and a real lack of arts spaces to show work in,” she said.
“We take proposals from early career artists and a panel of industry professionals select the successful exhibitions; we look for artists who are hard working, professional and have conceptual rigour.
“It’s great to be able to work with the MANY team because the unique location of the gallery in the middle of the retail space means more foot traffic for us and people visiting who wouldn’t normally come to an art gallery.”
MANY 2.0’s Kate Hulett said the new centrally located space was working well for both the tenants and providing a renewed energy in the East End, which was why they wanted to continue the art aspect of the original MANY experience in the new location.
“At MANY 6160, we had the expansive basement art gallery, two floors of studios for artists, makers and creatives, plus we hosted numerous art shows, events and classes over our three-and-a-half year tenure in the space,” she said.
“It was important to us that MANY 2.0 would retain this link to the thriving Perth art scene in some way.”
Hitting the walls this week is a collection of new work from Shannon McCulloch and Sam Bloor that delves into the world of graffiti and its social and political implications.
The exhibition, It Could Be Worth $1000, runs every Thursday to Sunday from May 6 to 28.