3 May 2017
After more than thirty years in their iconic Fitzroy building, Gertrude Contemporary will move to a new location in Preston.
The gallery will be relocating in June to a 1,300sqm space at 21-31 High Street, Preston South, at the top end of Thornbury.
This move, the first in the gallery's history, represents an exciting new phase for Gertrude. Formerly a large retail showroom, the interior of the space will be re-designed by architects Edition Office, to create flexible exhibition spaces, sixteen non-residential artist studios and offices all on one level.
As a leading centre for contemporary art and ideas, Gertrude provides a space for artists and the public to engage in risk-taking contemporary art. The new premises will enhance Gertrude's artistic program, supporting the production and presentation of contemporary art practice.
'Without question the building and location of the current premises have been instrumental in how Gertrude, its community of artists and its broader audiences have evolved,' says Mark Feary, Artistic Director, Gertrude Contemporary, 'however, for over thirty years, the architectural parameters have remained the same.'
'For the first time in our history,' he continues, 'we have been able to design an architectural structure that will meet the needs of artists and audiences. Our new purpose-built spaces will reflect our commitment to artistic development and practice. Additionally, the new location offers us the opportunity to be located in greater proximity to where many artists are now living and to contribute towards the increasing dynamisation of those areas.'
The final exhibition at 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy will be The End of Time. The Beginning of Time. Showing from 5 May – 10 June 2017, the exhibition will form a tribute to the building and pay homage to the site's history.
The new space will launch with its first major exhibition at the end of July.
Gertrude Glasshouse, at 44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood, will remain the home of the Studio Artist solo exhibition program. This is a vital part of Gertrude's artistic program and will continue to be so after the move.