| The result of May 2018 St Kilda Art Crawl.
The May St Kilda Art Crawl was launched on Thursday with 37 participating venues and businesses showing tremendous community support, with over a 100 artists showcasing the best in St Kilda.
In Fitzroy St, there were five participating venues including Claypots Seafood Express, The Oyster Bar and Gallery (No. 7), The Linden Tree (No. 11) and the pop-up gallery at 33 for the duration of the crawl. The Linden Tree Bar & Gallery had the St Kilda Comedy Club late Sunday afternoon and next door
St Luja had poetry readings and recitals in the Notorious Whiskey Cellar early Sunday afternoon.
Thursday 24 was the opening of the St Kilda Art Crawl at the Vineyard Restaurant where up to 70 guests enjoyed the entertainment with special guests Frank Howson, Serge Thomann and entertainment from Eclectica and Steve Lucas.
Sunday early afternoon began with the St Luja Whiskey Cellar being the venue for four poets and a musician with various readings and music recitals which attracted an appreciative gathering.
The Linden Tree Bar and Gallery hosted the St Kilda Comedy Clubs entertainment with well-known comedians such as Nikki Osborne attracting a strong attendance.
During the weekend, galleries, in general, were happy and noted a large number of visitors in the hundreds such as the Laneway Gallery, Punchinello Pop Up, and 4Dverse Hub with robust art sales. Marloes Bakker-Marsden showcased her work in a pop-up in Acland St attracting a lot of interest. Apart from galleries doing well, venues observed a high usage of maps such as the Storehouse. Studio/art spaces such as Catherine Hiller, Art Studio 106 and Toot Artspace are happy with what the Art Crawl attracted gaining new customers.
The Alex Theatre was happy with the results of the “Grid Art Space” exhibition supported by St Kilda Arts Community. The Opening night of PUFFS saw a large turn out affording the artists’ great exposure.
Many venues were very busy over the weekend particularly on Saturday, these included Republica, both Claypots, The Post St Kilda, the Greeve St Project, Leroy’s, and Vegilicious.
Numbers could have been better in Carlisle St so The Body Gallery, Maureen Williams Studio, and ILANEL Design Studio supported by the St Kilda Arts Community are planning tours for the next Art Crawl. Other venues participating were; Art Yarramanua, Phamish Food and Wine Bar, The Shakespeare Grove Artists Studios, Vegout, the St Kilda Film Festival at the Town Hall, Masters, Space2B and Happy Folk in Fitzroy Street.
The measure of people on the art crawl has been estimated at around 1,500 people. Our calculations show an approximate increase of 60 percent of people on the Art Crawl compared to last year.
Most venues have indicated that they wish to be involved in the September 2018 Art Crawl.
St Kilda Arts Community Inc.