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Bringing art into the every day: Artistic new era for historic shopping centre in Melbourne's South East

BY The Glen | 09-Nov-2018
The Glen is bring art into the every day with the unveiling of a new, artistic gallery space within the shopping centre.

Shopping has been elevated to an art form at The Glen Shopping Centre in Melbourne’s South East. Not content to deliver simply a retail experience with the new 13,500 square metre fashion and lifestyle precinct, co-owners Vicinity Centres and Perron Group have created a gallery space from entry to exit, housing a series of large-scale, permanent artworks by some of Australia’s leading artists across multiple disciplines.

Three significant commissioned artworks inspired by nature and the social fabric of the Glen Waverley community are part of The Glen’s new precinct, just revealed on 25 October as part of the third stage of the shopping centre’s $460 redevelopment.

Celebrated illustrators James Gulliver Hancock and Carla McRae have designed individual bespoke murals for The Glen; Gulliver Hancock has created two murals that reflect the Glen Waverley community and local landmarks, while McRae has painted a mural that incorporates her signature look of bold, bright and simplistic geometric shapes.

Renowned artist and designer Suzie Stanford has created a very special permanent installation called ‘Threads of Hope’ with assistance from students of Glen Waverley’s Glenallen School – a specialist school for children with serious physical disabilities and health impairments requiring paramedical support. The community-focused piece measures 4 metres wide by 1.5 metres high, bringing vibrant colours, textures and a unique message.

The Glen has also partnered with local cultural institution Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) to open a permanent gallery space showcasing Australian photographic exhibitions, themed to reflect the larger exhibitions on show at MGA’s nearby gallery in Wheelers Hill.