The Sapphire Room, usually a function venue, had been transformed into a light and airy gallery space; the entire western wall of windows now taken up with white walls, hung with an eclectic and colourful selection of contemporary art. Curated by Richard Maloy, the artworks were perhaps less familiar works from familiar named artists, with a local connection. He had also brought in K Rd's Artspace and art book store and publisher Split/Fountain to have pop up exhibits within the show. The event had that feeling ...of being local. Everyone seemed to know each other (if not personally then by a few degrees of separation), and were mingling and chatting and most importantly talking about the art. And talking about the space and how wonderful it was to interact with art in a casual, friendly, unpressured atmosphere. Occasionally a person would break off from the crowd to talk to the guy at the back of the room with an eftpos machine.
"Taking the art out of the gallery now thats smart" is the comment that lingers. Great, we achieved what we set out to do! Bring on next year.