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Worth Gallery joins Kent Town collective hub

From early next month the coffee won’t be the only reason to drop past 20 The Parade West, Kent Town. On 9 April Worth Gallery will officially begin managing its operations out of the collective hub. The old mechanics workshop was gentrified by the creatives at Love Concrete (the peeps responsible for nurturing Adelaide’s love of the polished stuff through the production of all things concrete, including Osteria Oggi’s glorious mile-long bar) before being transformed mid-last year to house coffee specialists Tell Henry, creative agency Rodeo and more recently, Lucent Construction.

Previously based out of The Barn in Stirling, Worth Gallery will host monthly exhibitions in the space, the first of which includes work by Well Made artists Clare Belfrage, Lex Stobie, Tracy Chaplin, Stephanie James-Manttan and Liz Williams. The mixed-use venue will also act as showroom, with local handmade product and gifts stocked in the shopfront, alongside exhibition pieces by Worth Gallery’s key artists.

Image: Liz Williams, Sophia, Roberta and Beatrice, White clay stoneware, paint and fabric, Photographer Grant Hancock

Founded on partnership and collaboration, Worth Gallery has been hosting exhibitions at locations across Adelaide, including Fisher Jeffries, the Adelaide Oval and Sam Scott & La Prova Cellar Door, for the past five years. In 2014, Director Amy Sierp Worth also established The Barn. Based in Adelaide’s foothills, the centre houses six artist studios and hosts exhibitions, artists in residence, art classes and workshops. While continuing her work at The Barn and reaching new audiences with exhibitions in unexpected spaces, Sierp Worth is excited by the prospect of establishing a permanent presence for Worth Gallery in such a dynamic, community driven space.

‘This new location is buzzing and we are positive Worth Gallery will be well received here. Our focus on South Australian artists and designer makers guarantees a stunning selection of art works, homewares and jewellery. We look forward to seeing you here soon.’

While Kent Town has long been home to a vibrant creative community it is largely hidden from view. The metamorphosis of 20 The Parade West is bringing new energy to the area and Worth Gallery’s inclusion is just another reason why it is well worth a visit.

Image: Worth Gallery, 2016, blown glass light by Mark Douglas Design, Photographer Alkan Chipperfield

Banner Image: Worth Gallery, 2016, ceramics by Susan Frost and Marianne Cole, Photographer Alkan Chipperfield