Studio2 / The Margaret Freeman Gallery takes art out of the galleries and into the community

chorus box

2015 was a great year for Studio2/the Margaret Freeman Gallery. Our art space is now firmly established in the centre of town. But rather than keep artwork within the confines of the gallery, in 2015 we branched out. We felt strongly that everyone should have access to art. We have focused on getting our artist work out into the community where everyone can enjoy it. Not everyone wants to visit a gallery to see art. And art adds vibrancy to local communities.

Studio2’s entry “On the Buses” was judged runner up in the best film and visual art section of the 2015 Dunedin Fringe Festival. Our exhibition involved digitally reproducing Studio2 artists work on the back of city passenger buses for the duration of the Fringe Festival.

Studio2 artists, with assistance from Studio2 programme facilitators and volunteers painted two Chorus Boxes. We now have three shop fronts around Dunedin that we use for pop up window exhibitions. We conducted a survey of the people in the vicinity of the South Dunedin shop window and we delighted with the responses we got. People much preferred to see Studio2 artists work in the windows to the empty shop. Our artists also enjoy seeing there work exhibited in the community in places where everyone can see it.

We hosted numerous exhibitions, including openings to which the artists family and friends were invited. And to top off a great year. Studio2 artist Andrew Keogh was a regional finalist in the 2015 IHC Art Awards.