Archibald Finalist Mertim Gokalp Joins Project 504

| February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments



I need warmth / Mertim Gokalp

An experimental, co-operative art initiative, Project [504] is soon to be open in the heart of St Leonards
showcasing an eclectic mix of well-known and emerging Australian artists; including Mertim Gokalp who was finalists in the Archibald Prize 2013.

Project [504], located at 504 Pacific Highway, St Leonards will launch with a mixed art exhibition on 20 February 2015 from 6pm. Project [504] is open to the public between 1pm and 6pm weekdays. For more information about the exhibition or to enquire about using the space please contact Kathrin Longhurst on 04111 44 893 or check out the website

Project [504] has been established to provide an outlet for artist’s to showcase their work outside the mainstream gallery scene which is sponsored by Charter Hall, one of Australia’s leading property groups which manages $12.1 billion of quality office, industrial and retail assets. It will also offer artists a supportive creative working environment, enabling collaboration across genres and mediums and fuelling innovation and creativity.

The space at 504 Pacific Highway is currently showing the works of a number of artists and will host art classes, workshops, events, exhibitions and creative projects over the coming months. Resident Project [504] artists and directors are now accepting proposals for use of the space, and have received overwhelming interest to date.

Natalie Devlin, Charter Hall’s Head of People, Brand and Community said the Group was proud to be partnering with the local North Sydney community to offer Project [504] space at its Pacific Highway office building.

“Public interest initiatives, such as Project [504], can have such a positive social impact, creating stronger engagement within mixed use areas and bringing communities to life. “Project [504] has taken an under utilised space at 504 Pacific Highway and brought together different parts of the community to create a more interesting and engaging environment.

“Charter Hall is excited to be part of this innovative space; it’s great to see the local community supporting Project [504] and to see the first art works hanging in the gallery for everyone to enjoy,” Ms Devlin added.

Kathrin Longhurst, a Director of Project [504] has been inundated with local support and is working with a number of artists to provide an opportunity that will help them create and showcase their work in a beautiful setting.

“We have enjoyed incredible support so far, both from our corporate sponsor Charter Hall, Lane Cove Council and other businesses in the area who have been donating furniture, equipment, supplies and their services. It’s been so much fun meeting new people and seeing the response to what we are creating in the space.

“There are many artists out there who are very excited to be part of Project [504]. We chose the name Project [504] to indicate that this space is evolving organically and is quite experimental. We don’t know where it will lead and that is part of the fun with it. It can become anything that the artists and  community want it to be. One thing is for sure – it won’t be boring,” Ms Longhurst said.



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