The MARS (Melbourne Art Rooms) Gallery has moved to new, purpose-built premises, at 7 James Street, off Chapel Street, in Windsor. Artists in their stock rooms include Anne Judell, Bill Sampson, Bronek Kozka, Daniel Agdag, Graeme Base, Greer Taylor, Hazel Dooney, Hitesh Natalwala, Piers Buxton, Saffron Newey and William Kelly, to name a few.
The new building features permanent spaces for drawings and sculptures, total glass facade to open the gallery to the viewing public, and a dedicated video-installation gallery. The five-meter ceilings will allow for a wide variety of works to be properly displayed.
“We believe that this is set to represent a benchmark for commercial galleries in Australia,” says gallerist Andy Dinan, who established MARS in Port Melbourne in 2004. “It’s about the art and the artists. I listened to the artists in order to create the space.”
Designed by Chris Manton of Jam Architects for maximum environmental sensitivity, the gallery has hydronic heating in the offices, photovoltaics on the roof to generate electricity, and a rainwater collection system. It incorporates environmentally friendly materials.
From 2 -19 October, the gallery is featuring an exhibition of pieces from Saffron Newey, ‘Sullied Sublime’, Kieran Boland “Camoufleurs” and Jae O’Donnell’s “Not By Sight” installation is featured in the Light Box.