Blue Oyster moves into 'art precinct'

Blue Oyster Gallery director Jamie Hanton prepares the first exhibition in the new gallery space...
Blue Oyster Gallery director Jamie Hanton prepares the first exhibition in the new gallery space in Dowling St yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The Blue Oyster Art Gallery is relocating to the heart of Dunedin art, in Dowling St.

The contemporary art space has been based in Moray Pl for the past eight years, but was moving to the new 149m2 location at 16 Dowling St to raise its profile and accessibility, director Jamie Hanton said yesterday.

''It's a very accessible and versatile space, in an area that has organically become Dunedin's art precinct,'' Mr Hanton said.

''This shift will increase the visibility and accessibility of our activities, as well as place the Blue Oyster in the vicinity of a number of Dunedin's established contemporary dealer galleries and artists' studios.''

The Milford, Brett McDowell and Artist's Room galleries and the Dowling St Studios are based in the street.

The Blue Oyster Arts Trust was established in 1999 to encourage and promote innovative contemporary art projects in Dunedin.

The Blue Oyster Gallery will reopen at 5.30pm on Friday, August 30, with Auckland artist Judy Darragh's ''Pinewood Bend 2013'' exhibition.

- nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

 

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