Fehily Contemporary opens its doors - Art Collector

Gregor Kregar, Model for liquid geometry. Courtesy: the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne.

2 May 2011 | Collectors first had a glimpse of Fehily Contemporary at last year’s Melbourne Art Fair, where artists Belle Bassin, Patrick Pound, collaborative duo Ms & Mr and Veronica Kent were exhibited under the Fehily banner.

But until now the venture has not had a permanent venue. Exhibitions were presented in the family home of director Lisa Fehily and her husband Ken. This month, however, Fehily Contemporary will upgrade to a permanent gallery space at 3a Glasshouse Road in Collingwood, Melbourne.

“Art has been a central and enriching part of our lives. Opening the gallery allows us to share that with a wider audience,” says Lisa Fehily.

Fehily has been quietly building her stable since the Melbourne Art Fair and is launching the gallery with 17 represented artists from Australia and New Zealand. They are:
  • Belle Bassin
  • Graham Brindley
  • Nick Devlin
  • Angela Ellsworth (US)
  • Brett Graham (NZ)
  • Ash Keating
  • Veronica Kent
  • Gregor Kregar (NZ)
  • Richard Lewer
  • Ricky Maynard
  • Ms & Mr
  • Scott Miles
  • Sonia Payes
  • Patrick Pound
  • proppaNOW
  • Lisa Reihana (NZ)
  • Sally Smart

There is a street-level gallery with an outdoor atrium, as well as a loft space on the first floor.

The year-round program will include parallel exhibitions in the two gallery spaces and Fehily is also working on new programs aimed at nurturing new generations of collectors.

"We want to offer a different way of presenting art that will inspire new and experienced art lovers alike,” she says. "We’re hoping to change some established perspectives – we’d love to make Baby Boomers feel just as comfortable as Gen Ys”

The Fehily Contemporary gallery will open on 12 May 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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