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SLOT is a window gallery located at one of Sydney’s busiest intersections – the corner of Regent Street and Henderson Road in Redfern. It has presented in excess of 50 art exhibitions since 2003, viewed from the street 24 hours a day. To celebrate its fifth anniversary, SLOT will re-create 11 of those installations in empty shop windows along Regent Street, stretching from Wells Street to Henderson Road and creating an art walk of about one kilometre during a five-week period from January 19 to February 21 reports the South Sydney Herald of February 2009.

Artists presented include The Anonymous Signwriter of South Sydney, Marina Dearnley, Merilyn Fairskye, Junyee (Philippines), Ruark Lewis, Mai Long, Tracy Luff, Ian Milliss, Constantine Nicholas, Sculptors of Iloilo (Philippines) and Tony Twigg.

Other neighbourhood galleries – Locksmith Projects, Grant Pirrie, Medium Rare and Legge Gallery (during February) – as well as designers and businesses located along the passage have joined SLOT in presenting art works in their windows.

SLOT director, the artist Tony Twigg says: “Our audiences are the people passing in the street, people visiting the laundromat next door,  those coming to the small shopping centre that we are part of, and commuters caught in the daily peak-hour traffic that passes our window. We are open to anyone who cares to look and engage.”

This project has been supported by the City of Sydney with a small grant, InnerCity Arts and Art Monthly Australia. Most important, however, is the support of the artists and Redfern’s shop owners who have provided exhibition space.

The project will be launched on Saturday January 24 from 2–5pm with a casual art walk. SLOT: 5 years 50 windows will continue until February 21. Visit www.slot.net.au

Photo: Supplied - SLOT Gallery in Regent Street, Redfern

Source: South Sydney Herald February 2009 www.southsydneyherald.com.au

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