An ARI Extravaganza opens this Friday at Sawtooth Artist-Run Initiative (ARI), celebrating the work of emerging and experimental artists who show with ARIs, Constance and Visual Bulk, of Hobart.
Constance, an off-site project-based ARI, brings They tell you which rock they were and how they travelled so far. This show is a 2018 project at Salamanca Arts Centre by Alana Collins, Jessica Quinnell, Gabbee Stolp and curator Caitlin Fargher, that has been reimagined for the Sawtooth space.
“As an artist and curator in Tasmania it is so important to foster connections within the arts community,” says Ms Fargher. “Smaller exhibitions can pack just as much punch as any large scale show, and as such we are very proud of the response we had from the Hobart community and can’t wait to see how Launceston enjoys it.”
Grace Herbert of Visual Bulk is excited for the Hobart artists to show their work and connect with the Launceston arts community. “The support and exchange between artist-led organisations in Tasmania is heart-warming and helps young artists connect with more diverse audiences.”
Visual Bulk will present Time Horizons, a group exhibition of artists who were students at the University of Tasmania’s School of Creative Arts in Hobart in 2018, responding to the relationship between art, artists and institutions.
Also at the February opening, Sawtooth is excited to launch the Sarah McKay Drop-In Centre, a community space at the gallery. Writing desks, an evolving art library and a social space will be available during gallery hours for anyone who would like to work in the space. The space will be also available to community groups outside of opening hours by appointment through Sawtooth director, Liam James.
The ARI Extravaganza at Sawtooth launches on Friday, 8th of February. The exhibition continues through to Saturday the of 23rd February during gallery hours (Wednesday-Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-2).