As featured in the Art seen section of the ODT on 1 October 2015: http://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/357729/art-seen-october-1
Together with the Dunedin School of Art, we have created a new public gallery space in Dunedin's central business district. Based in our offices at 79 Lower Stuart Street, the AS Gallery (Alternative Space Gallery) is designed to expose emerging artistic talent to the wider Dunedin community.
Dunedin School of Art lecturer in painting Michael Greaves says the gallery space and location is of significant value to the postgraduate students who exhibit there.
"These students get the opportunity to test work outside of the studio and the Art School context, which provides them with a fresh view on their proposed projects. Secondary, but of equal importance, is the relationship that the Dunedin School of Art is fostering with Dunedin business and the community. Art and artworks are vital to a healthy, vibrant and diverse community. Having outlets beyond the established stuctures of the commercial dealer and public galleries benefits both the public and students exhibiting".
Webb Farry partner Megan Bartlett says that, after the firm completed renovations to its Dunedin office in 2014, it became evident there was scope to do something special. "We identified that the significant wall space available in both our ground and first floor reception areas had potential to be used in a somewhat non traditional way - that is, 'non traditional' for a legal practice".
"The presence of the AS Gallery within the legal environment broadens the reach for the emerging artists beyond their normal audience. In addition to our clients, colleagues and staff, the public are encouraged to call in and freely wander around the exhibition on display".
To complement the establishment of the AS Gallery and further support emerging artists, Webb Farry has created an undergraduate award. It is designed to support the student by contributing towards the costs of their materials, studio time and other expenses. The inaugural Webb Farry Award was presented in 2014 to Ella Knapton, a graduate of the Bachelor of Visual Arts Programme (Painting) from the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic.
The gallery is open during business hours: 8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Artworks can also be viewed online at http://asgallerydunedin.tumblr.com.