Conversation With Flinders Lane Gallery (Melbourne)

The gallery is located in Melbourne, can you elaborate on its location and why you chose to open there?
FLG is located as the name indicates on Flinders Lane in Melbourne’s CBD. In February 2019 we relocated to the corner of Flinders Lane & Swanston Street in the heritage Nicholas Building, a proud example of Chicago style architecture and the home for many years of members of Melbourne’s diverse arts community. After 29 years of standing alone on Flinders Lane it was very appealing to move to an activated building with a community of artists, artist-run spaces, and other commercial galleries. Our new light-filled gallery on Level one is encased in a heritage stained glass frontage and overlooks the trees and spires of Swanston Street. 

What are some career highlights, or exhibition highlights in the gallery to date?
This year is our 30th year. To celebrate we will close the year with an exhibition of all our represented artists who are creating new artworks that are 30 x 30 (inch or cm) and host a special private party for our life-time supporters, collectors, our artists and families.

FLG has demonstrated a nurturing & supporting space for emerging practices which has fostered many successful long-term partnerships.

What was your first exhibition? And why?

When I took over FLG in 2006 I launched with a solo of one of Melbourne’s favourite local artists Marise Maas. Marise has a large and loyal following for her playful and distinctive practice. She also represented the new direction in which I wanted to steer this new incarnation of FLG under my Directorship. Marise is holding her 13th solo exhibition at FLG this July and continues to captivate and lure new collectors & art lovers alike.

Who are you bringing to Sydney Contemporary and why?
FLG is excited and proud to present at its inaugural Sydney Contemporary stand the works of internationally exhibiting Australian-based artists Hannah Quinlivan and Agneta Ekholm. Fluidity is a curated exhibition exploring the way the artists Hannah Quinlivan & Agneta Ekholm manipulate the flowing quality within their chosen methodology and the motion and change implicit in their individual artworks. Whether it is the abstract flow of paint applied to canvas or the exploration of twisting and turning migration pathways, these artist’s works are unified in their flux and fluidity.

Both of these artists have a solid exhibition history and are dedicated in their pursuit of broadening their practices and audience engagement. Although their practices are very different, together their work has a harmony and strength that will activate the gallery stand and create an immersive experience for visitors of the Fair.

Agneta Ekholm, Recurrence (detail), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm. Courtesy the artist and Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne.
Hannah Quinlivan, Falling Through the Cracks, 2019, aluminium, yarn, salt and shadow. Courtesy of the artist and Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne.

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