The name may strike you as a little odd, but don’t be fooled — this gallery is not for peanuts... unless you’re a peanut who is also a crazy-talented emerging artist, in which case, walk this way...
Thought up by Adelaide-based artist and curator, Fruzsi Kenez and graphic designer, Caroline Gliddon, Peanut Gallery is a space where upcoming local talent merges with established artists on both a local and international stage. Aiming to support Adelaidian creatives as well as encourage international exhibitions, the gallery is sure to offer our state some wow-factor in the art venues sector.
Opening this Friday 30th September in Adelaide Arcade, just in time for some warmer weather (that is surely coming soon...right?), the gallery will also collaborate with other creative avenues including music, theatre, film and poetry. The gallery features a pop-up bar stocked up with local produce and brews, and will be the coolest new arty-farty place to pre-drink for two Fridays a month. Alcohol plus creativity — a formula for fun in anyone’s language!
The name of the gallery comes from a childhood story of Fruzsi’s, as well as references old theatre days where the cheap seats at the back were labeled ‘the peanut gallery' (where the rowdiest and most interactive audience members sat). This may well also be a reflection of the gallery’s intended approachable vibe, exposing the world of art and creativity to new, and perhaps unlikely crowds. This vision is a dream come true for Fruzsi, who has spent the last eight years curating and exhibiting in over 60 exhibitions. ‘We couldn’t be more excited and committed to making this space an absolute success, and supporting as many artists as possible,’ she says.
The Peanut Gallery will also host wonderful, thought-provoking events, as well as provide a space for some of Adelaide's best up and coming arts and creatives to bask in a well-deserved lime light... and we think Adelaidians are going to go nuts for it!
The gallery's debut exhibition, ‘Of Land and Sea,’ will feature an impressive international line-up of artists and will open to the public on Friday 30th of September 6–9pm.
Images: Josie Withers