Exhibiting for the first time at Sydney Contemporary 2019 we spoke to SAINT CLOCHE founder and Gallery Director Kitty Clark about their upcoming exhibition.
The gallery is located in Sydney, can you elaborate on its location and why you chose to open here?
When I first opened Saint Cloche Gallery I had just left the corporate world and was motivated to pursue my passion and reconnect with like-minded creatives. I wanted to create a space that provoked contemporary thinking. Like many ideas they evolve and change, I slowly found a rhythm through meeting other like-minded creatives and artists who are a constant source of inspiration. Saint Cloche developed from a concept space into an art gallery. Today, Saint Cloche Gallery is one of the few galleries in Sydney’s East that gives opportunity to emerging artists to exhibit in a high spec gallery space. Through Saint Cloche Gallery artists are able to present their work to new audiences in a progressive space elevated through design. Peering through oversized European steel framed doors and windows, our fortnightly changeover of exhibitions aims to fascinate, captivate. I am always thinking of new ways to elevate an exhibition through contemporary design and non-traditional installations.
What are some career highlights, or exhibition highlights in the gallery to date?
The first end of year exhibition in 2015 I curated was the largest group of artists I had ever pulled together and I got them to collaborate on a common theme. Inspired by a trip to the iconic coastline of the Italian Riviera, the ‘Riviera’ Exhibition brought together the works of 13 emerging and established artists from Sydney and Melbourne. Each artist presented the symbiotic relationship between modern art and the evolution of the Mediterranean Riviera as a global tourist haven and bohemian hotspot. Working with a group of 13 artists was nerve-racking and exhilarating at the same time! Since then, I have continued with the tradition of ending the year with a large, themed group show that celebrates diversity, the collaborative spirit and rich experience of the ever-expanding Saint Cloche community, presenting new concepts and therefore, attracting new audiences.
What was your first exhibition? And why?
Four years ago, ‘Cactus Wonderland’ was an exhibition that transformed the gallery space into an urban desert, showcasing rare species of cacti I had collected over the years and featured the works of photographer Natalie McComas and sculptural ceramics by artist Jan Howlin. I wanted to curate an exhibition in an, as yet, unseen combination, pushing our audience into new artistic territory.
Who are you bringing to Sydney Contemporary and why?
I have a longstanding working relationship with Evi O and wanted to showcase an artist who has been with the gallery since our early days. Evi and I understand each other and our motivations as we both have backgrounds working in creative professional environments. I also believe that Evi’s work lends itself to Sydney Contemporary as it is bold, colourful and fun. It means a lot to us to be showing at Sydney Contemporary as we have become an established part of the Paddington gallery precinct and Sydney art scene. Participating in Sydney Contemporary shows our commitment to our mission as a gallery and announces our intention to continue champion emerging artists and connecting them with new collectors.
Evi O, Swimming with the Squid, 2019, acrylic and mediums on panel, painted timber frame, 70 x 65 cm. Courtesy the artist and Saint Cloche, Sydney.
Evi O, The Octopus Afloat, 2019, acrylic and mediums on panel, painted timber frame, 70 x 65 cm. Courtesy the artist and Saint Cloche, Sydney.
Evi O, The Viper Rattling in the Bush, 2019, acrylic and mediums on panel, painted timber frame, 70 x 65 cm. Courtesy the artist and Saint Cloche, Sydney.