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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Stafford Studios in Cottesloe turns 21 this year. To celebrate, we
speak with gallery director Marlene Stafford about some of her
highlights from bringing beautiful art to the people of WA.
Biggest privilege? Working with and getting to know many of the
major Australian artists through my involvement with the Artcenta
Exhibition at Newman College. I was encouraged by several of them
to open a gallery in Perth and they would all support me.
I opened the gallery... with Bevan Hayward Pooaraar, an Aboriginal
artist. He went on to gain an international reputation and is now
represented in the National Gallery of Australia. e gallery has gone
in leaps and bounds since it started up 21 years ago.
What makes you feel proud? We are the only WA gallery to have been
in one location for this long a time. e people in our area talk of it as
their gallery and that is the identity we have tried to engender.
One of the most memorable exhibitions? Ballet on Show, which
transpired from my observations of the Ballet Rousse exhibition,
visiting from Russia at the State Gallery of WA. I thought, 'We
can do this!', so I contacted a past student of mine, David McAllister,
who is now the artistic director of the Australian Ballet, and got
permission to take five of our top Western Australian painters,
plus two national artists, to work directly with the ballet in
Melbourne. at exhibition became a major sell-out event for
the Festival of Perth in 1999.
Have you ever toured? We have taken exhibitions to Hong Kong,
China and Japan. In each of these experiences, we have gained
international exposure for our artists. We now have clients who
purchase works from us via the web page, to be sent around the world.
We are never quite sure... who is going to come through the door of
the gallery. For instance, the King of Malaysia became a familiar
visitor to our gallery, and people like Barbara Blackman visited when
they were in Perth. e life of a gallery director is full of wonderful
surprises and industry.
Stafford Studios will present an exhibition of current and past artists in July
to celebrate its coming of age. Visit staffordstudios.com.au.
Marlene Sta ord will be
celebrating the 21st bir thday
of Sta ord Studios with a
special exhibition of featured
artists past and present.
Photography Tim Lofthouse
Oil on canvas
46 x 120cm
Wheels on Fire
ALCOA MANDURAH ART GALLERY
The Syndicate Project: Portraits & Proxies & Protagonists
NAIDOC Exhibition -- Judy Penny - July 9 - 31
Youth Art Perspectives -- August 6 - 28
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
www.manpac.com.au (08) 9550 3900
Simon Gilby: Cadoux
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