I’d like to share some of our expansion plans with you.
A) We’ve been in Camberwell for almost 30 years now. The current space is in Harold St which is tucked around the corner from the main thoroughfare Burke Rd. Recently the shop next door on Burke St became empty and we decided to do a pop up while we renovated our Harold St space to convert it into an exhibition space. We are currently negotiating with the real estate agent to lease both spaces and join them so we have a Burke Rd frontage. If this happens the rent is horrifying BUT it will give much greater access to many more people. If this happens we’ll knock an entry between the Burke Rd space and the Harold St space.
B) Regardless of what else happens we’ve gutted Harold St and created a great exhibition space which will be used to show the work of the many artists who we represent. This is functionable now but we are still adding the finishing touches.
C) In the back of my mind I’d love to set up an informal cafe in the Camberwell Gallery so our clients can chill out with some great coffee and a nutritious bite to eat.
D) If this works at camberwell we plan to duplicate this formula in our South Yarra Gallery. We’ll have more affordable art and prints at the front and an exhibition space at the back and once again….maybe a simple cafe for you to chill out in.
E) We have created a separate arm of the business called ArtScope Fine Art Publishing to publish L/E and Open Edition prints by selected artists. We’ve discovered that not everyone can afford original art and this is one way of offering high quality images at more affordable prices. We have leased a warehouse and showroom in Kilsyth, in Melbourne’s East. Whilst this is up and running there is a far greater potential for growth and we plan to set up a proper gallery in this location as well.
OK. So that’s a brief rundown on our plans. We need loads of money to finance all of this BUT we are slowly achieving the goals that we have set for ourselves.
Gary Collier and Georgina Berry
Tusk Gallery Directors.