Collaborating with local creative folk, artists and businesses was high on our wish list when we made the move to Byron Bay - be it painters, floral design, photography, food or local spirits of the gin kind! We had envisioned our warehouse and gallery as a welcoming space to share creative inspiration and good times.
It was a serendipitous meeting that led to our first ever event. We had the pleasure of hosting the BAM Art Series Dinner - an evening with artist Michael Zavros. This event was organized by passionate supporter of the arts, Lisa Cowan from The Art Connector alongside the team from Byron Arts Magazine. We were delighted to join forces and share our not-yet opened space for an evening of good food, wine and conversation. A Brookie's gin cocktail was a great way to start the evening…
A sell-out house of 60 were privy to an intimate conversation with Australian hyper-realist artist Michael Zavros, his partner, independent curator and writer Alison Kubler who generously offered an uncensored view of life in the art-world. Also on the couch was their daughter and some-time muse Phoebe Zavros. The informal conversation covered his daily art practice and how it plays out in family life. A lively Q & A finished the conversation.
I called on friend and fabulous ceramicist Greg Furney, from Villa Rustica Ceramics to make all the tableware for our first-ever event (as well as this stunning vase ⇧). Understated styling and floral arrangements were an in-house affair. Timeless cut glass & crystal vases paired with pastel hydrangeas and wild olive branches decorated the tables - simple elements that left the art and antiques the focus of the space.
In keeping with Michael Zavros’ heritage, guests were treated to a delicious authentic Greek feast from Kouzina - Phoebe and her team effortlessly catered to a full house of 60 for this sit down event. Thanks to Brookie's Gin for fuelling a rather rowdy, arty crowd from the get-go with a gin cocktail on arrival! It was such a privilege to work with amazing local companies.
After months of hard work renovating it was wonderful to enjoy the space, hear the hubbub of conversation and the tinkle of glasses. We look forward to creating and collaborating with artists from all fields of creativity in the future and opening our space to the general public sometime very soon!
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