Friends share space for show, sale and a cuppa

Investor Jackie Kirchlechner, left, poses with Arlo Walker from Naked Native, artist Jac Fear, barista Rob Franklin, Ethan Hogan of Life Round Here Collective, and Lucinda Pearson and Peter Milsom from Andrea Pearson Cultured Pearls.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d447305
Investor Jackie Kirchlechner, left, poses with Arlo Walker from Naked Native, artist Jac Fear, barista Rob Franklin, Ethan Hogan of Life Round Here Collective, and Lucinda Pearson and Peter Milsom from Andrea Pearson Cultured Pearls. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d447305

A GROUP of friends were running on pure adrenalin in the days leading up to launching their art exhibition, coffee and retail collective in Claremont last Friday.

Dalkeith artist Jac Fear said he came up with the idea with barista Rob Franklin (both 24) while searching for a gallery to host his latest exhibition.

“I found it quite frustrating because the closest galleries either weren’t big enough or are way too expensive,” Mr Fear said.

“Getting everyone together to collaborate and share the space meant we have that support; we’re all in it together.”

Investor Jackie Kirchlechner said the pop-up gave a platform to small businesses that would not have the financial backing to go out on their own.

“The temporary nature of it works well for us, especially since everyone working here is under 25,” Ms Kirchlechner said.

Mosman Park resident Mr Franklin said Bayviews on Bayview was completely unique to Claremont.

“When you’re out doing your Christmas shopping, just come in, grab a coffee, sit on the ottomans, look at the art or check out our retail,” he said.

“It is a space that people want to come in and enjoy themselves.

“We’re all here to have fun, but also we’ve already learnt so much about starting a business. This is potentially something that we can really build on.”