2010 marks the second year for CarriageARTworks. The event sees the vast foyer of CarriageWorks transformed into a showcase of works from 11 of Sydney’s inner-west galleries. An exhibition that brings together work on canvas, sculpture, photography, mixed media, video art, performance art and textiles to the one location.
The galleries involved this year are; Alpha House Artists Cooperative, Black & Blue Gallery, Factory 49, Hardware Gallery, Lennox Street Studios, Marnling Press, May Street Studios, NG Art Gallery, Oh Really Gallery, Sheffer Gallery and Wilson Street Gallery.
The exhibition is a curated show and the panel this year included Paul Howard (Senior Curator Casula Powerhouse), Nicky Ginsberg (NG Art Gallery), Michelle Perry (Wilson Street Gallery), Guy Maestri (2009 Archibald Winner) and Jamie Dawson (CarriageWorks Executive Producer). We are quite curious to know more about the selection process for the works and the galleries involved, because after visiting last year, a great deal of the showcase gave us a sense of de ja vu. Not to take anything away from the talent of the artists, but it would be disappointing to think that CarriageARTworks was becoming stagnant in its second year.
This work by Thomas Jeppe won the imaginary top prize from us on the night. Love it.
We made it out for the opening, which was supposed to be RSVP only. This was perhaps not the best decision – for those of you who haven’t been to Carriage Works: it’s massive – the area was not as busy as it could’ve been.
The exhibition was opened with a speech by Rachel Kent, the senior curator at the MCA. Much to our disappointment we couldn’t catch a lot of it through the echo. We’d be interested to get our hands on a transcript if anyone has one.
Despite being slightly disappointed with the turnout, there were some truly amazing works again this year to lift the mood. We will be keeping our ears to the ground for the upcoming solo shows that will hopefully follow.