Art & Design
Posted by Dan Kuseta
17. Feb, 2011
In a rambling three story building opposite Richmond Station and between the car rental joints lies a most interesting and ambitious art project – The Owl and the Pussycat. Named after an Edward Lear poem, this multi-disciplinary space launches it’s new theatrette tonight.
The brain-child of Melbourne artist Jason Cavanagh, the Owl and the Pussycat is based on the collectives he encountered in Berlin, Amsterdam and London. More than just a gallery, the Owl is a meeting place. Jason explains “I wanted to create a space that had a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, something easily accessible to artists and audiences alike.”
Welcoming is right. and if the Owl seems a little homely that’s because it fills the better part of Jason’s house. The bar is in his kitchen, and the new theatrette, The Runcible Spoon, used to be his bedroom. He’s currently living on the top floor, and will move out once the space becomes a cinema later this year.
This means visitors can enjoy visual, performance and cinematic arts (and a drink) all in one space, and with a rotating series of shows and exhibitions no visit will be the same. Over the past year the gallery has hosted an eclectic mix of exhibitions, from sculpture to illustration and installation, and The Runcible Spoon will be used for plays, spoken word, comedy and cabaret. The new cinema will screen independent features, arty flicks and shorts.
Perhaps most important of all, the Owl and the Pussycat supports the works of emerging, predominantly local artists. It’s an exciting concept for art in Melbourne, and it starts this week.
The Owl and the Pussycat
34 Swan St, Richmond
Wed – Sat
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