Art and Coffee at Aldas
More and more, retail outlets, restaurants and cafes are seeing the wisdom of converting available spaces within the establishment into "art spaces" - for the exhibition of creative works by local artists. The exhibitions provide a drawcard for the establishment and help adorn walls which would otherwise require further expenditure to furnish with artwork.
Aldas Caffe E Pannini in Wolf Lane, Perth, is the latest venue to provide a space for both gastronomic and aesthetic adventures.
This urban and upbeat cafe+restaurant, tucked away in stylish little Wolf Lane, off Murray Street, boasts a Project Space and Gallery available for local emerging and establish artists to exhibit via an application selection process.
Seeking venues to house FotoFreo Fringe 2010 exhibitions, Elizabeth (my co-conspirator in FotoFreo Fringe organisation) and I visited Aldas to meet with the manager of the Project Space, Lizzie Delfs.
The Project Space consists of a small, mezzanine-style gallery located above the cafe and overlooking the entrance, and a window space within which installations can be exhibited. Then, there are the walls within the cafe - ideal for large 2-dimensional artworks.
There is a great deal of potential here and Aldas is definitely a space to consider if you're a local WA artist. Aldas will accept applications from established and emerging artists who are currently unrepresented in WA.
For further information about the Aldas Gallery and Project Space, check out their Facebook Page.
Oh, and the coffee is terrific!