Art Meets Dance @ Backspace Gallery

By Amy Tsilemanis & Aldona Kmiec Photography

Earlier this month we got out to enjoy Casey Tosh‘s Sugar Punk Fairy closing party and exhibition. It was a feast for the senses, bringing together workshops, break dancing, music, and even a Sugar Punk Pavlova!!

Sugar Punk Fairy from Aldona Kmieć Photography on Vimeo.

We also caught up with City of Ballarat Arts & Culture Officer Deborah Klein. Her role includes curating the Backspace exhibition program, managing the space, and marketing the program in conjunction with exhibiting artists.

What are the Backspace and Backyard Galleries?

Backspace Gallery is the City of Ballarat exhibition space on the ground floor of Huyghue House, at Alfred Deakin Place and Police Lane. An initiative of the Arts & Culture Unit, Backspace is an artist-focused space dedicated to supporting local & regional artists through exhibiting quality contemporary visual art, design, & craft.

Backyard Gallery is an occasional exhibition project using the area of Alfred Deakin Place as an outdoor display space. The idea of ‘Backyard’ plays on the adjacent Backspace Gallery, but also the idea of Alfred Deakin Place being downtown Ballarat’s backyard space. Up until now, the Backyard Gallery has been used to feature exhibitions focusing on the potential for public art to enhance & enliven the communal spaces we share as a community.

Backspace Gallery is provided free of charge to exhibitors, and we don’t take commission on sales. For the time being, exhibiting artists are also provided print & electronic exhibition invitations and all ancillary promotional materials, marketing support, assistance in installing their work, and a catered exhibition opening – all free of charge.  In exchange, exhibitors are expected to promote their shows and required to sit the Gallery space during opening hours.

What excites you about being involved?

I love discovering the rich vein of creative endeavor in & around our region, and the opportunities that Backspace & Backyard are providing artists to both show their work and to also be exposed to the work of other established professional artists whose significant skills & experience can contribute so much to their practice.

With Backyard and other upcoming events like the Ballarat Backyard Tasters, I’m also excited with how we are building awareness of Alfred Deakin Place as a gathering place for Ballarat’s ‘downtown’ community – making it a place where exciting things happen, and the real heart of the arts precinct.

We had a lot of fun at the recent closing event of Casey Tosh’s exhibition. How did that all come together?

The timing of Casey’s show Sugar Punk Fairy meant it was more sensible to throw an exhibition closing party rather than an opening, and with Casey’s work & cohort it made sense for it to be an event that would bring that new & younger crowd into the space.

Fortunately, Casey had history with BYou and the City’s Youth Services, so we were able to link up with Tabitha Walkingshaw and her crew in pulling together the entertainments and activities that we had at the Sugar Punk closing event. It was a great party!

Thanks so much Deborah and there are a bunch of great events coming up including the Ballarat Backyard Tasters- Friday evening events featuring local musicians and food vendors, We R You -a digital paper paste-up project, the new Arts Leadership Program, Harmony Fest, and much more, so stay tuned!

Click on this awesome image to see more shots by Aldona from Sugar Punk Fairy!

Ballarat Event Photographer Aldona Kmiec Art Photography

12 January, 2012 Alfred Deakin Place Photo by: Aldona Kmiec Photography