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Filling the void in Hobart’s art scene

A NEW art gallery is filling the gap in Hobart’s art scene by offering local and interstate artists the chance to become “established” in Tasmania.

Owned by Tasmanian-based artists Luffy Rae and Matthew Sertori, The Gentle Void is set to open on 15 June with a number of artists and creators already lining up to book the space.

Ms Rae said the motivation behind opening The Gentle Void was to offer emerging artists the opportunity to “start out” in Tasmania.

“Opportunity was the one thing that I couldn’t find in Hobart when I was starting out,” she said.

“Everyone I know moves to Melbourne at some point to ‘make it’ creatively and Hobart seems to only accept people once they have left and become established.

“We are lucky enough to have so many artists and art-lovers drawn to our city, so we wanted to create a space that fosters Hobart’s local talent, where we can exhibit and celebrate work made by us, for us.”

Run on a membership basis, the space is set to attract artists and makers from a broad range of backgrounds.

Ms Rae said the gallery had already received interest from both the local and interstate art and music scene.

“The response from local artists has been really positive, so I know I have hit a nerve,” she said.

“Established interstate artists are also really embracing the concept and I feel honoured to be able to show and offer their art to the people of Hobart.

“By attracting artists from the mainland and mixing it up with our local talent, we are creating something truly unique and amazing – the time feels right and we are filling the void.”

For more information, to assist with funding or to book an exhibition, visit http://www.pozible.com/project/gentlevoid.

*At the time of publication The Gentle Void was in the process of confirming a gallery location.

Caption: The Gentle Void is the brainchild of local artists Luffy Rae, left, and Matthew Sertori. The initiative is aimed at promoting and facilitating the sale of work by emerging and established artists in Hobart.

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