Off The Wall Gallery is an alternative outdoor popup art space, using projections to create light graffiti or “art-vertising” on a publically viewable wall.
Located on King St, St Peters, facing St Peters train station, approximately a thousand people per hour pass the main gallery wall during peak hours.
Off The Wall Gallery aims to transform this underutilised publicly viewable space into a creative & engaging popup arts hub to exhibit & promote local, international & under-represented artists with a view to advocating intersectionality.
It aims to deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public by:
- innovating a fresh take on the traditional art gallery;
- encouraging site specific artworks that respond to the medium & the environment;
- enabling impaired or disabled artists to exhibit without the physical & mental extertion of traditional installation;
- advocating marginalised & under-represented artists;
- supporting the development of a vibrant local arts community;
- promoting a creative & cultural city;
- exhibiting to audiences that may not usually attend traditional art galleries;
- supporting local & early career artists;
- beautifying a local urban environment usually dominated by advertisements or tags;
- & engaging the hearts & minds of local commuters & community in an innovative & unexpected way.
Exhibiting on a public brick wall is reminiscent both of traditional billboard advertising, & the graffiti that so often goes hand in hand. Off The Wall Gallery hopes to subvert the paradigm by exhibiting art-vertising – site specific works influenced by the medium & modality, transforming a medium traditionally used to degrade & disempower the marginalised into a powerful & public voice to question the status quo.
Off The Wall is a concept I developed in reaction to my own disability. Due to the crippling effects of Depression, Anxiety, Psychomotor Retardation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, & further maladies, I am currently less able to work or exhibit in a traditional studio or art gallery context. In order to work around this, I found a site that would enable me to live, create new work, curate & exhibit all in the one space, thereby rendering many of my disabilities more manageable in regards to my artistic practice.
The title Off The Wall refers both to the physical reality of the concept – art exhibited on the wall, yet not physically “on” it – & the supposedly “unconventional” nature of my disabilities themselves. Those who suffer from mental health issues are stigmatized as eccentric at best, dangerous at worst, & are sometimes referred to as “Off The Wall”.
In the past I have curated two short exhibitions under the same modality & title, both of which were well received by public & peers, one as part of Sydney Fringe Festival. I hope to create a more semi-permanent, popup mode of creating & exhibiting both my own work & the work of other artists with similar difficulties over the next two years.