14.07.10

Clean Lines exhibition – Mercator Studios – 2010 State of Design Festival_

Friday July 23 6 – 8 pm
Saturday July 24 12 – 4 pm
Sunday July 25 12 – 4 pm

Mercator Studios
Gate 2, Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

Mercator Studios at the Abbotsford Convent is staging a special exhibition titled Clean Lines responding to the idea of adaptive re-use and referencing the building’s history as an industrial laundry.

Follow the clothes line leading from the entrance of the precinct through each studio to discover a diverse range of works including jewellery, glass, ceramics, furniture, lighting, printmaking and painting. While seeing the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the designers , learn about the development of the studios, and purchase work direct from the makers.

Mercator Studios is housed in a building that was once part of the commercial laundries run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Until recently the building had fallen into disrepair and was threatened by a proposal for a major residential development. Through a grant from the Sidney Myer Fund Commemorative Grants Program, Mercator has recently been transformed into numerous light-filled studios: a dynamic hub for art, craft and design and a remarkable example of adaptive reuse. The complex history of the building has been subverted by the creation of a dynamic new space, activated by the creative companies and individuals who work there, and now freely accessed and enjoyed by the public.

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