Blue Oyster Project Art Space director Chloe Geoghegan
yesterday at the installation of ''Who Opens the Door'', by
Christchurch artists Annie Mackenzie and Dave Marshall,
which opens in the gallery today. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The Blue Oyster Project Art Space has a new sense of
Wellington artist Chloe Geoghegan has taken over from former
director Jamie Hanton, who left Dunedin in February to curate
the University of Canterbury art collections for a year.
Ms Geoghegan (27) studied at the University of Canterbury
School of Fine Arts, before helping set up artist-run gallery
Dog Park Project Space.
''I wanted to re-enter a contemporary art dialogue and
discussion, that wasn't based around Christchurch disaster
experiences,'' she said yesterday.
''There's a great art culture and a lot of support for
artists in Dunedin. I'm particularly interested in all the
different studio spaces here. There are people setting up
interesting exhibitions all over the place.''
The Blue Oyster Arts Trust was established in 1999 to
encourage and promote innovative contemporary art projects in
''I've been to the Blue Oyster a lot in the past and I did a
bit of carpet-ripping for the opening of the new gallery,
here in Dowling St.
"The gallery has been open for 15 years now and it has
developed such a strong history, culture and volunteer base
in Dunedin,'' Ms Geoghegan said.
Her first programmed exhibition, ''Who Opens the Door'' by
Christchurch artists Annie Mackenzie and Dave Marshall, opens
in the gallery today and runs until May 3.
''I'm really excited about what's coming up. We have a lot of
solo shows and project-based collaborations. I'm keen to
experiment and learn and do things that are responsive to the
space. The space will evolve.''
A website featuring an exhibition archive of the first 15
years of the gallery will be launched in June.