Warehouse-sized gallery to open in North Fremantle - Art Collector

From left: Ben Riding and Andreia Anthony. Courtesy: Anthony Riding Gallery

23 May 2011 | A 500 square metre contemporary art gallery called Anthony Riding Gallery will open in North Fremantle this June.

Directors Ben Riding, an artist and curator, and Andreia Anthony, an art collector, believe it will be the largest private commercial gallery in the country. The main gallery space is in a converted industrial warehouse and there will be an additional 100 square metres sculpture grounds.

The focus will be on West Australian artists. Riding and Anthony said in a statement that they feel the WA arts scene has suffered from “negative ill-informed press, unfair criticism, and comparisons to cities like Melbourne”.

Riding adds: “I see our city on the West Coast as being a lot like Los Angeles, where all the significant contemporary art has been happening in the States. It’s partly our total isolation that feeds what I believe is a truly unique creative environment. There is a sense of freedom in Perth, a different perspective on the world. We are far away enough from everything not to be influenced by the fads and fashions going on everywhere else.”

Both directors are 28 years old.

The gallery opens on 18 June 2011 on Pease Street, North Fremantle with a group exhibition featuring the work of artists from around Australia and the world, including Christian de Vietri, Jack Pam, Sophia Hewson and Justin Edward John Smith.

Jane O'Sullivan

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