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Perth's newest gallery space opens at ECU

Thursday, 07 April 2016

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A new art gallery built to house professional exhibitions of art and design is now open at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Gallery 25 is the second art space at the Mount Lawley Campus and forms part of the School of Arts and Humanities new $5 million arts hub.  Its name celebrates ECU’s 25th anniversary this year.

School of Arts and Humanities Dean Professor Clive Barstow said Gallery 25 will accommodate exhibitions from a high calibre of external artists.

Gallery 25 exhibitions will include work from the ECU art collection, local and national collections, graduate exhibitions, and international artists,” he said.

“Hosting these external exhibitions gives ECU students and the wider community the opportunity to engage with high level art on campus, particularly as ECU develops international linkages in China, India and Cuba,” Professor Barstow said.

Spectrum Project Space was ECU’s first art gallery, opening in 2003. It will continue its successful approach of focussing on ECU creative research and the work of students and staff.

The opening exhibition at Gallery 25 features a selection of recently purchased works from the ECU art collection. Approximately two thirds of the art will be shown for the first time.

Artists include: Lena Nyadbe, Mabel Juli, David Wadelton, Stuart Elliott, Indra Geidens, Clare McFarlane, Mark Datodi, Creepy, Graham Miller, Vanessa Russ, Marion Borgelt and Paul Kaptein.

Also on display is a new video work by acclaimed Australian artist Joan Ross, reflecting the changing dynamics of the art world as well as the development of non-traditional art forms.

Staff, students and members of the community can visit the opening exhibition on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am - 5pm until 30 April.

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