HOTSOUP! is a gallery with a difference.
Not only does it provide a space for emerging artists to exhibit their work, it also runs alongside a pay-it-forward soup kitchen program, offering those in need a free meal through the generosity of those who stop by for soup or coffee.
Ellen Broadhurst, who runs the art gallery alongside former councillor Tim Grey-Smith, said it was a collaboration that benefited many in the community.
“Only $2 from a customer will allow us to prepare and give away a free soup to someone who needs it, and I think that this helps to bridge the gap to the disadvantaged people of Fremantle and let them know that their community respects and cares for them,” she said.
“Art is such a difficult game to break into.
“It is important for there to be spaces that are willing to show less-established artists, which gives them a chance to experience all of the extra work that goes into preparing for a show.
“Judging by the response from the community, it seems to work for everyone.”
She said she wanted the gallery to be an affordable platform for emerging artists, giving those who are less established the chance to push themselves and put their work into the public eye.
Hilton artist Nathan Hoyle will be the latest to benefit from the art space, kicking off his first solo exhibition this week with a collection of his latest work.
He said the work was a record of the unintentional marks, patterns and arrangements of colour that people pass everyday but don’t necessarily notice.
“For a while now I’ve been noticing incidental patterns and shapes, marks sprayed on the road during roadworks, odd coloured pavers, paint spilled onto tin sheds and overspray against factories,” he said.
“To me, it started to become a visual language, so I began recording some of the marks and shapes as photographs and drawings.”
Hoyle’s exhibition Introspect will be at HotSoup! Gallery at 10 William Street Fremantle from September 12 to 19.
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