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For artists and passers-by

Shopfront Studio, located at 152 Redfern Street in Redfern, is a studio/gallery space where local artists can create and display their art. People walking by get to witness the creative process of the artists reports Eve Gibson in the South Sydney Herald of October 2008.

This venture is a first for Rachel Jacka, who decided to open the studio to support local artists who are trying to make their way in the Sydney art scene. Rachel says she wants to “make a difference in the Redfern community, and bring a bit of colour and joy to people’s lives”.

The decision to open the gallery has been a courageous one for Rachel, moving away from a career as an English, Art and Drama teacher to follow her passion – not only pouring all her time and energy into Shopfront Studio, but all her savings too.

The vision for the art space is to share ideas and techniques between artists. “I am trying to create a place that is a bridge between university and a commercial gallery where people can create together.”

The studio is designed for five artists to come together (beginners or experienced) for 10 weeks, all working independently in the one space. This enables the artists to share ideas, skills and knowledge. The artist can choose to have an exhibition at the end of their 10-week session, or display works as they are created.

Rachel is looking for volunteers she can mentor to help develop the Shopfront vision and to be involved in the running of the space. Volunteers need to be able to staff the studio six hours per week.

If you wish to use Shopfront Studio the cost is $250 for a 10-week session and $250 – $400 for an exhibition space. For more information contact Rachel by emailing or drop into Shopfront Studio.

Photo: Eve Gibson - Caption: Creative activity at Shopfront

Source: South Sydney Herald October 2008