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The Real Refuses :: T.A.P. Gallery

Having a craving for some culture one lazy Sunday afternoon , and having been invited by Gustave Cauhepe (from Hernandez Cafe on Burton street), I wandered down the street with friends and next door neighbour in tow; and beheld the spectacle of Tap Gallery (corner of Palmer and Burton st) in full exhibition mode.

Not only were they holding the Launch of "The Real Refuses" (running for a week only & now closed for 2009) but were in the last 2 days of the Australia Tibet Council's Photographic Exhibition "Tibet: Never Give up. 50 years of Hope and courage" in the Upstairs theatre space. This runs in Brisbane until April 5th then to Melbourne from April 14th for 2 weeks.

If you listen to the doom mongers you'd think the good old days of artists living & painting in Darlinghurst, Paddington, East Sydney, etc were over - but Tap Gallery and many other local Galleries are still there serving the community . I can count a good half dozen within 5 mins walk, from large commercial to small bohemian ; Tap is a Large , Artist run Gallery - with exhibitions ranging from well known artists including Andrew Logan, Carlos Barrios, Mark Hanham and James Powditch , to local unknowns just starting out.

This was the 13th year of the Real Refuses, now considered a fixture in the "Archibald Season". It’s an exhibition of Artists not selected for the Archibald or other large competitions nationally ....& showcasing a range of artists including many locals. This is the ‘alternative Fringe’ version of the “Salon de Refuses” currently on exhibition till the end of April at S.H. Ervin Gallery in the National Trust Centre on Observatory Hill.

A massive crowd was in attendance, including the guest of honour the Hon Virginia Judge MP (Minister for Fair Trading; Citizenship, and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts) and of course the delightful host, the Gallery manager Lesley Dimmick. Meredith Griffiths from ABC JJJ breakfast news was even one of the artists on show.

The Winner of the Peoples Choice Award , voted on the night and winning $2000 worth of prizes, was Christine O’Hagan. You can see the winner in front of her painting “Illusion: a portrait of Phil Jamieson” with Lesley and Virginia.

This was a great show to see and a fun event to go to – don’t miss it next year.

Their next large project is “Small is Beautiful: 3rd Annual Pyrmont art prize” with over $5000 in prize value, held at Union Square Pyrmont Union Square, (Cnr Harris and Union Streets , Ultimo) on 2nd May 2009 10am -4pm. There will be entertainment, food, wine and of course Art aplenty!

You still have time to enter, so grab the canvas ans drop works into Tap Gallery by 6pm , 17th April. Entry is only $20 ( $15 for students/cons) (+$5 post) which includes the 12”x12” (31cmx31cm) canvas you have to use...although any art can be entered as long as it fits within the canvas.

Art will be on sale also so even if you miss the prize you may still walk away with money in your pocket, See for more info & conditions.


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