Pop-Up Art Gallery in the middle of Fitzroy Street St Kilda

Known as Punchinello Pop-Up  this extraordinary gallery will remain open till Sunday 3 June from 12 – 7.30pm.

Photographs Michael Kluge, text Kerrie Pacholli

With 23 empty shops along Fitzroy Street St Kilda waiting to be rented, there has been much debate in state and local government, as well as among property developers and on the streets, as to why Fitzroy Street; from Grey Street down to the beach has become a tumble-weed zone.

Mobile artist Tommy Langra working at his draughtsman buggy image © Michael KlugeMobile artist Tommy Langra working at his draughtsman buggy 

Inspired by the May St Kilda Art Crawl and with assistance from owners of 33 Fitzroy Street, Jenny Li and husband Rob Semple, GRID ART SPACE (GAS) organized a group of local artists to join forces.  The result is an outstanding high-end pop-up art gallery in the middle of this neglected zone, to show what can be done with talent and teamwork.

Adrian Spurr. The second manifestation of Zeus, 'The Pariah', Sandstone, Steel table and Chariot wheels, 2018.

Adrian Spurr. The second manifestation of Zeus, ‘The Pariah’, Sandstone, Steel table and Chariot wheels, 2018.

This is the second time GRID ART SPACE in association with St Kilda Art Crawl hosted a pop-up art gallery in that space. GAS is a collaboration between Shakespeare Grove artist Adrian Spurr and producer / publicist Kerrie Pacholli with the aim to fill empty spaces with art and culture to bring about growth.

Hedron Resurrection by Cal the Stoner image © Michael KlugeHedron Resurrection by Cal the Stoner image © Michael Kluge

With encouraging sales on both occasions, the organizers received much praise from delighted visitors with encouragement to keep it open. But this of course can only happen with the community support of both local and state government.

65 Skull Series by Marko Maglaic image © Michael Kluge

65 Skull Series by Marko Maglaic image © Michael Kluge

With the debate still open most would agree that this collaborative artistic and cultural inclusion added much needed prestige to an otherwise depressed local economy.

Ceramics by Salvatori Lolicato image © Michael KlugeCeramics by Salvatori Lolicato image © Michael Kluge

Exhibiting artists include: Master printmaker and sculptor Adrian Spurr, ceramicist Salvatori Lolicato, photographer Michael Kluge, painters’ Tommy Langra and Marko Maglaic.

Images of Port Phillip by Michael Kluge

Images of Port Phillip by Michael Kluge

Punchinello Pop-Up presented by Grid Art Space

Punchinello Pop-Up presented by Grid Art Space