‘Vannswet’ exhibition to launch re-opening ofEden Art Space Gallery |22 July 2021
Following the closure of its former art gallery and further delays caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Arterial Network Seychelles is delighted to announce the opening of its new exhibition space at Unit 13 of the Plaza, just 20 metres from its original location.
The first show features works by 24 artists, thematically grouped under the heading ‘Vannswet’.
The exhibition, which is now open and free to the public, includes a wide range of interpretations by local artists working in a variety of media and employing a broad range of techniques and processes.
According to Martin Kennedy, chairman of the Arterial Network Seychelles – the country’s principal cross-arts association –the first show in the gallery benefits from a new professional hanging system which has enabled the gallery manager, Michelle Morden, to maximise the exhibition space available.
“Since the start of Arterial Network, the principal aim of the association has been to support local creative and promote the development of culture in Seychelles,” he said.
Mr Kennedy added that artists have been unable to exhibit and sell their work during the pandemic due to the closure of the original gallery and the absence of tourists – who comprise their largest group of buyers.
“However, artists have not stopped making works of art – quite the contrary in fact – and we are very pleased to be able to offer them a great exhibition area where they can show two- and three-dimensional works,” he added.
“We have been unable to hold our customary ‘private view’ due to the public health restrictions. We have started with a ‘soft open’, initially only selling books and postcards; however we now have a full exhibition of fabulous, previously unseen works by both established artists and younger, emerging talents,” further added Mr Kennedy.
He concluded by extending a warm welcome to art lovers young and old:“We believe that there is something for every taste in this show, as well as for every budget. Whether you are interested in larger unique art works or simply wish to acquire some postcards you are encouraged to drop in and view this beautiful exhibition.”
The gallery has begun to sell artworks and the association is confident that this will continue and increase as people become aware of the fact that the space is now operational andof course, tourists return in significant numbers.
On behalf of Arterial Network Seychelles, Ms Morden would like to extend a very special thanks to Vijay Construction and Penlacfor their kind and generous support during the preparation of the new gallery.
The Eden Art Space Gallery is open between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays.
The accompanying photos taken by Seychelles NATION photographer Thomas Meriton show some of the works being exhibited.