Where: 11 Rutland St, Newtown
When: Wed to Sat 9.30 – 4
Yesterday, I needed to unchain myself from the stress of my workbench momentarily, to clear my head and have a change of scenery!
One of my favourite places to visit for a little bit of escapism is Boom Gallery.
For those of you that have been reading Oh! Hello Geelong since the early days, hold tight whilst I give our more recent followers a snapshot of Boom Gallery’s history…
Founders Kate Jacoby and Ren Inei have a passion for all things art and design. Put simply; they are brilliant at what they do!
They have done both themselves and Geelong proud, by breathing new life and purpose into an old red brick warehouse, originally home to a wool mill that provided employment for returned service men. Located in the industrial heart of Newtown just off Pakington Street, it sits perched, proudly, above the Barwon River. Since it’s opening in August 2011, Boom quickly established itself as Geelong’s premier contemporary art gallery and has continued to grow from strength to strength!
From the moment you walk through the door, their vision and respect for the integrity of the building’s industrial heritage is abundantly clear! The use of big bold light fixtures and recycled wood throughout the interior, has given way to a sleek, contemporary gallery/café/retail space!
August 2013 saw the launch of Big Boom; a celebration of their second birthday and the opening of the gallery space to include the adjacent warehouse; a perfect solution for the ever-growing cross section of work that includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography and small objects – all with a strong regional bias!
More recently, local chef Andy Pye (talented owner of the fabulous Rue ClerMarket – stay tuned for this delicious post!) has joined forces with Boom and is serving breakfast and a gallery lunch, 9.30 ‘til 4 Wed – Sat, featuring incredible local produce, bakery sweets and of course, Geelong’s very own Cartel Coffee.
So back to the escapism…
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to catch the Merrang exhibition (it runs until the 30th November). This exhibition is a collection of works by 9 artists (Ben Fennessy, Pai De Bruyn, Jiri Tibor Novak, Gregory Day, Cricket Saleh, Glenn Romanis, Deb Fisher, Ren Inei and Natalie Anderson) that Boom Gallery took on a 3-day field trip to Merrang; a historic property of national significance, located in the heart of the Western District of Victoria.
It was a slow procession around the spaces, absorbing the diverse subject matter and media, but for me, the standout was an installation piece by Glenn Romanis. You need to see it in person to really appreciate the inspiration behind it!
Boom will be presenting their final two shows for 2013, both opening on Friday 6th December from 5.30pm – 8pm.
“Terrafirm” (until 1st February 2014) is an impressive body of work by Mackay-based Ngaio Lenz. Over the past 10 years, she has had many solo shows in Queensland and Victoria, most recently at Flinders Lane Gallery & Hand Held Gallery in Melbourne and Umbrella Studio in Townsville.
Boom’s third annual Christmas Show (until 21st December) brings together seven diverse artists from Geelong and Melbourne and will focus on affordable, small format artworks – yay! This year the participating artists are Shelley McKenzie, Steve Salo, Mark Cuthbertson, Elize Feely, Simon Benz, Sandra Eterovic and Idil Ersoy.
For a little more reading on Boom Gallery, please see our previous post from July 10, 2012.
For the full experience (trust me – you need to do this!) please visit them at 11 Rutland St, Newtown (Geelong), Victoria 3216.
Special thanks to Cricket Saleh & Boom Gallery for providing photos for this post!