Just next door to our Daily Grind McLaren Vale hub, we have recently seen the opening of a new art gallery in town - Good Bank Gallery.
Run and creatively directed by our friend Henry Jock, we had a brief chat with him about all things 'Good Bank Gallery', what's been happening so far, and what to expect!
We are hyped to see the engagement with the local arts community so far and hope to see it grow and grow.
Words by Dailys art guy, Henry Jock
The concept of ‘Good Bank Gallery’ is to create an exciting contemporary art space that is approachable, inviting and supporting artists to explore and share new ideas, processes and knowledge. The gallery aims to have a wide variety of interactive projects, residencies, events and workshops, and an open approach to these happenings to find the best ways to support the artists and the community to engage with the art.
The idea behind the first show: 'Who Let The Flies In' is hidden in the title - the screen door is open, the first creative process started/equipment we purchased and set up in the space was screen printing. Hari Koutlakis is a screen corelord and has been a pertinent part of creating a screen print resource and operation. At this stage the gallery and screen printing are hybrid operations while we make an exciting new space for the screen printing out the back, therefore to kick the gallery off we thought it would be great to start with a screen printing focus, Hari, Aidan and I team worked to invite artists, facilitate and print the show.
67 SA artists were invited to submit an artwork, we printed an edition of nine of each artwork, all one colour print on a nice heavy duty paper, and the prints are available for an affordable price of $45.00 each. It has been a great simple way to see a little window into lots of great SA artists work, and in the process we felt like there are infinity other great artists we could have included so we want it to become an annual project mixing the printing format/process each time.
There are lots of links between Dailys and Good Bank, we are making the tees for Dailys in the screen operation, there are naturally lots of crossovers in music, art, surf, skating and BMX so it is a great platform and hub to encourage as much cross-pollination, connections, creative experiments and developments as possible. Having an art space so closely connected to Dailys is exciting to see how the youth and wider surfing and skating communities engage with the art but also how the different artists react and engage with the community.
Free Wall Flare, our latest event at the gallery, was the beginning of creating more space for artists to play. Painting on walls is fun and we want to encourage artists of all types to practice and play on there. The first flare there was great, we had the shorebreak (the fence) packed with groms all day charging, then on the bigger wall we had some of the artists from 'Who Let The Flies in' jaming with some Adelaide's spray gurus to make a very colour cluster of froth.
What's Next for Good Bank Gallery
Next up we are leaning further into the core of screen printing with a residency/interactive show by Daria Koljanin and Jake Holmes (both absolute graphic wizards) with many many other great things going on. It is exciting to see how they will collaborate to present their work.
At this stage, there is talk of creating a very inviting homely environment to begin the creative process. The artists will be in residence from the start of May and the space will be open to the public from the middle of May with the main event to be held at the end of their time there in early June - stay tuned!