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BRIGHT LIGHTS - SMALL CITY

BY Karys McEwen | 30-Aug-2013
A showcase of contemporary art from early-career creatives in Western Australia. With new works in an assortment of mediums, this survey celebrates emerging talent from our isolated state.

Opening Night 19 September 6pm A showcase of contemporary art from early-career creatives in Western Australia, Bright Lights, Small City celebrates emerging talent from our isolated state. All hailing from the sunny west coast, these artists debunk the myth that you need to move east to make a name for yourself in the Australian art world. The exhibition will unveil new works by painters, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors and mixed media artists. This eclectic collection includes a large marble installation from Lauren Ravi, new work from local street artist Amok Island and skyscapes from Perth photographer Lisa Kyle. The experience on show is mixed, but of a consistently high quality. First time exhibitors like Mimi Cho and Kyle Prentice will be displayed among Perth's best creative exports such as Jackson Eaton and Thea Costantino.

Brought together by young curator Karys McEwen, the exhibition fills a midway gap between traditional art galleries and younger artist-run initiatives. "By giving emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in an established gallery setting, this showcase allows young creatives to connect with each other and potential buyers," she says. "The more support artists receive in Perth, the more the art industry is likely grow in this small city. In its own humble way, Bright Lights, Small City aims to achieve just that."

All works are for sale. Exhibition 20 September - 12 October Wed-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-4pm Artist Talks 21 September 3pm and 5 October 3pm

AMOK ISLAND HANNAH JONES CLAIRE BUSHBY COURTNEY ILLFIELD CLARE DAVIES CHERISH MARRINGTON W J FERRIER MIMI CHO CLAIRE MARTIN LISA KYLE KIMBERLEY PACE CHLOE TINE KATE JARMAN NINA JUNIPER ANYA BROCK JACKSON EATON ZOE BARRY ANNA DUNNILL KYLE PRENTICE LAUREN RAVI CLAIRE CANHAM BEN RODIN LUISA HANSAL ELIZABETH MARPOLE EMMA MCPIKE JUSTIN GRIFFITHS JOANNA SULKOWSKI TOM BLAKE DALE BUCKLEY THEA COSTANTINO RACHELLE DUSTING SARAH ROWBOTTAM LIAM DEE ALEX SHANNON WILLIAMSON RENAE COLES Curated by Karys McEwen