A print artists’ collective is taking up residence in a disused tramway power station, with the aim of rejuvenating the area’s creative scene.
Kedron’s sub-station No.8 – once the power supply for the city’s tramway network – has been revamped into a new studio space, with an upcoming exhibition celebrating the city’s bygone tram era.
The network served the city between 1885 and 1969, but was abolished to introduce the motorbus system.
After lying largely unoccupied for the past 40 years, the sub-station is now being turned into studio space for Queensland’s primary printmaker collective, Impress.
The launch of the studio is both a turning point for Kedron, and for Impress.
Kedron has recently undergone substantial public works, and has been ‘in desperate need of rejuvenation’, says Impress.
To celebrate, the Regenerate exhibition, will reflect on Brisbane’s historic tramways with a series of workshops, demonstrations, artist talks and collection of prints.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, and Professor Sasha Grishin of the Australian National University will present at the gallery’s launch.
Quirk says there is no better time for Brisbane to be proactive in encouraging the local creative industry.
“The once disused Tramways substation is now a thriving creative hub that inspires and provides a space for young and emerging artists, designers and arts organisations to create, test and exhibit their work,” he says.
Celebrations will continue through March with a ‘Month of Print’ activities, available to the public.
Locals are invited to view the new gallery, meet the Impress artists, and learn about the organisation, as well as the art of printmaking.
Professor Grishin believes printmaking is the most accessible and ‘democratic’ form of art the community can experience.
“Perhaps more than in any of the other visual arts, we can speak of a community of printmakers, actively working together, sharing facilities, ideas and the conviction that art is something that really matters and it is something which is done for the betterment of the whole community,’ says Professor Grishin.
The launch for the new Kedron SubARTstation begins at 5:30pm on 21 February.
The exhibition will continue Thursday to Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm from 22 February through to 30 March 2014.
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