Words: Adriana Borsey
Marking a 10-year milestone, Daine Singer gallery has relocated from Fitzroy to Brunswick, with a space that doubles their current, including a room for two exhibitions to run concurrently, with expanded storage, and on-site parking.
Established in 2011 in Flinders Lane, Fitzroy from 2018 until 2022, Daine Singer has run her independent gallery, representing a group of fifteen artists from Australia and New Zealand.
The purchase and renovation of the industrial warehouse, and former dressmaker factory offered the gallery new internal proportions to expand and provide new opportunity for their artists and an investment in the gallery’s longevity.
The existing architectural face of the preceding factory remains entirely intact, with a graffitied exterior concealing a sophisticated and expansive space that honours the heritage of the building, with its details intentionally preserved.
A pared-back minimal approach with materials such as board-formed concrete, soffit ceiling and beams, create a sophisticated juxtaposition to the white walls. The main entrance roller door nods to the old, before being greeted by a full height glass pivot door.
A large open plan office features a mild steel table, chairs by Daniel Barbera, a handmade steel frame and ceramic tiled coffee table by Kate Tucker, and Magis Sam Son armchairs.
In realising the space Daine has drawn on the expertise of gallery artist and architect Peter Davidson (architect of Federation Square) and gallery associate Charlotte Noall, who is also an interior designer, alongside industry colleagues and friends.
Before opening her gallery in 2011, Daine held positions including Gallery Manager at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Associate Curator at Experimenta Media Arts, and Curator at the Museum of Chinese Australian History. Curatorial projects external to her gallery program include O Horizon, Salamanca Arts Centre (2022), Experimenta Utopia Now: International Biennial of Media Art (curatorium, touring Australia 2010-2011), Dream Weavers (CAST Gallery, Hobart 2010), Draw the Line: the Architecture of Lab (National Gallery of Victoria 2009), The Nauru Elegies (DJ Spooky and Annie K Kwon, Experimenta at Blindside and Shed 4, 2010) and Big Screen Shorts (Federation Square 2010).
This article was posted 28 September 2022.
Image: Daine Singer Gallery, Brunswick, 2022. Courtesy: Daine Singer Gallery. Photo: Tim Gresham.