Late last year I attended Open House Perth which is an event that allows access to areas and buildings that are usually out of bounds to the general public. I went around with a friend and her husband but due to time constraints and distance to each location I had to call it quits a little earlier than I had wanted to. The buildings I did manage to visit were the ABC building, the Gotham Studios, Mountford Architects, Foundation Housing, La Petite Galerie, Perth City Farm, Boan’s Warehouse Apartments and Kensington Apartments. I didn’t take too many photos of the properties as it was a little too crowded and some I just simply forgot, however I did dwell at one location for a very long time and had a nice chat to the residents at Gotham Studios.
Gotham Studios is located in the Cultural Centre of Perth and houses several artists specialising in different fields. Upon arriving I was a little unsure if you were allowed access to the artist studios or if you were to simply observe from a far. After wrangling up the nerve to ask most of the artists were quite happy for you to come in and have a sticky beak ( ‘look around’ for those who aren’t from Australia ) and tell you a little about themselves and what they do. Most artists kindly showed off their works and were happy to inform me about their creations as well as give a little insight to how their works were made and how they had come to occupy the art space. During our conversations I took photos of their walls, books, objects, work spaces and visual diaries filled with references as I found their work process and explanations incredibly interesting. Each studio like the artist differed greatly from one to the other and it was an interesting experience to step into another artists space besides my own.
Overall the event was very fun and informative and I’ll be definitely attending Perth Open House next year, but next time round I’ll have to plan out my schedule a little better and wake up much earlier.