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Friday 22 March 2024

Cross to REDSEA for a new arts experience

When you think Margaret River you probably think superb beaches and world-class wines.

What is less well known about Margaret River is that it is home to dozens or artists across a variety of disciplines and crafts.

Now a new "international" art gallery has opened in the townhip, featuring a collection of paintings, sculptures, glassworks, ceramics, and even cutting edge X-ray art.

REDSEA Gallery is a contemporary gallery housed in a revitalised century-old heritage space.

Owners Chris and Charlie Churcher established REDSEA Gallery in Singapore, exhibiting global artists - including some from Australia - more than 20 years ago and have now opened a sister gallery in Margaret River, which they now call home.

“For many years we’ve holidayed in Margaret River with our daughters and have loved the relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty,” Chris said.

“When the opportunity came up to acquire the historic building situated at the entrance to Margaret River town on Bussell Highway, we were compelled to retain the artistic presence the building has upheld for 50 years."

Margaret River’s first art and craft group, which had 80 members, rented the space in 1974 for 13 years. It was then sold to a group of 15 local artists who refurbished the buildings.

It has remained an art gallery ever since, with the Churchers acquiring the building from the JahRoc team in 2022, exactly 100 years after it was built.

One of the original artists, Shaun Atkinson, continues to be represented there today.

“We’ve extremely proud to be creating the next chapter of the building’s creative story,” he said.

The gallery showcases a diverse range of art and artforms from local and global artists and operating the two galleries allows exhibitions and artworks to travel between Singapore and Margaret River.

“The Margaret River Region is a drawcard for artists and art lovers," says Chris. "We now represent a number of incredible local creators and are excited to showcase them to our Singapore clients too,” says Chris.

REDSEA Gallery is at 83 Bussell Highway Margaret River. See Open six days. Closed on Tuesday.

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