A new public art initiative in Ballarat began on Friday with the grand opening of the Unicorn Gallery. Situated in Unicorn Lane – between the CBA and the Unicorn Bar on Lydiard St, the gallery consists of eight wall mounted metal boxes in which artists of any medium can exhibit art work. The boxes have perspex fronts, are internally lit and are lockable. The initiative has been developed by the Ballarat council, and as such is free to artists and no commission is taken on sales.
I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in the opening exhibition. Installation was conducted on Friday afternoon, and the boxes looked great. Come night time at the opening they looked even better, with the lighting working well against the starkness of the laneway walls.
During the afternoon while artists were installing their artwork, lots of passers by stopped to look and comment – all were very positive to the idea, and agreed on the value of art and public art within the community – so YAY!
I installed four organic abstract forms by mounting them to the back wall complimented by stones arranged along the floor of the box.
Here is a slideshow of the artworks and the opening.