by Deb Carr
I visited Tap Gallery in Darlinghurst on Saturday night. It was a busy 'arty' evening for me - Daniel was making sure I was getting a double-dose of creativity on Saturday! (see previous post).
The exhibition was "Nudes on Nudes" and Tap Gallery was filled with people, music and of course beautiful artwork. If you have not been to Tap Gallery before it's worth putting on your list of things to do in Sydney.
Tucked away in Darlinghurst is an artist-run gallery known as TAP. For the last 25 years many of Australia’s foremost artists, including Andrew Logan, Carlos Barrios, Mark Hanham and James Powditch have launched their exciting careers, with many more artists are preparing to exhibit in the future.
The TAP Gallery’s vision is a simple one, and that is to support Sydney’s arts scene by providing a workable and an affordable space for artists to exhibit. TAP supports all forms of art at a grassroots level making it a popular destination for artists and art lovers alike, which exemplifies TAP as credited with being voted the Best Art Gallery in Sydney for artworks under $5,000 in 2008 & 2009.
TAP stages regular Art Prizes and group shows to give artists an opportunity to participate and be involved. Situated in close proximity to the CBD, TAP provides a flexible space with two levels, comprising different exhibition rooms. The gallery operates on a space hire basis, and includes a theatre showcasing the work of many fresh playwrights. Although TAP has over 900 sq metres of fantastic space, it can be adapted to any size with the use of movable walls to cope for smaller or larger shows.
TAP offers an opportunity for the community to meet artists, actors, film makers and playwrights. It is a well known meeting place which also has a café/bookshop for relaxation.