Popping up in an exciting venture for emerging artists

ORANGE’S newest art space will open its doors on Saturday to host the Pop Art Collective’s inaugural event designed to celebrate emerging artists.

The Peisley Street premises that previously housed Sam’s Automotive was recently purchased by John and Marian Spanjer, and will now play host to the pop-up art exhibition.

Mr Spanjer said he hadn’t painted for years but since moving into his new building has rekindled his love of art.

“The building was originally part of a flour mill,” Mr Spanjer said.

“We (The Busy Bees) specialise in old building repairs so we’ll be fixing up a few things in this building to keep it in good shape.”

The Pop Art Collective is an initiative of the Orange Regional Arts Foundation, and was formed by a number of art lovers passionate about new artists and keen to highlight a range of different art forms including street and performance art, contemporary dance, photography and video installation.

Pop Art Collective spokesperson Holly Manning said a lot of work had gone into selecting a range of different artists to perform and display their work during this launch.

“There will also be local artists and photographers displaying and performing their work as well as sculpture and a coffee shop,” Mrs Manning said.

The Pop Art Collective will be at 84 Peisley Street on Saturday from 10am-5pm.

Entry costs a gold coin donation. From 6pm-8pm the space will be used by Orange Regional Art Gallery who will charge $10 for entry, wine and snacks.


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