Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Breenspace to close its doors

Media release

Breenspace gallery will be closing on 21 December 2013.

After seven years of operations in Sydney the Breenspace gallery will close on 21 December, 2013.
It has been a tremendous seven years. Breenspace has held some extraordinary, thoughtful and often highly provocative exhibitions.

Breenspace has, and through its Director, Sally Breen will continue to be, a passionate advocate of young or fledgling artists and an equally impassioned proponent of more established artists.

Breenspace encouraged artists to be adventurous and take risks with their work so it was more fulfilling and challenging personally and would create new or renewed opportunities for engagement and dialogue with collectors and institutions. Breenspace succeeded admirably on both counts.

The decision to close is a difficult one for any gallery, particularly for its staff, and more especially for its artists and patrons. Such risk taking and innovation is not always well supported. It is particularly difficult to undertake in Australia. There are few government incentives for commercial galleries, which are among the smallest businesses in Australia, often only two or three person operations. This has a direct and deleterious effect upon artists who rely upon galleries to bring their work to the attention of collectors. The lack of depth and breadth of collecting practice and limited philanthropy compounds this difficulty, as does the expectation among a number of public and private collectors that art can be obtained at discounted prices and paid for over several months, or even years, putting tremendous commercial pressure on galleries and ultimately compromising artistic endeavour.

Despite this difficult environment Breenspace nevertheless was an artistic and cultural success that will live long in the memories of artists and collectors because it shifted perceptions of the role of commercial galleries and their interaction with artists, curators and collectors.

Breenspace wishes to thank its staff, Anthony Whelan and Clare Lewis, its artists and its collectors.

Sally Breen, Director Breenspace 

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