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Agora Project Space

Artist, educator and writer

Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW

Launched: 23 October 2014

Closed: 3rd April 2015

about Agora Project Space

Who are you?
I’m Laura Hanlon, I’ve recently returned to my home town after a five year stint in Melbourne where I studied drawing at the Victorian College of the Art. After graduating, I worked with the organisation Arts Project Australia and wrote exhibition reviews for ArtsHub.

What do you do?
My work conveys an interaction with and interrogation of the structure of time. This evolves through the compulsive tearing, folding and breaking of simple everyday materials such as paper, glass and linen which are then assembled to create site-specific installations.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
Renew has made the already existing arts community visible and accessible and I’m really excited to be involved with this organisation.

What are you doing in your new space?
My own practice splits into many different facets. I am an artist, an educator and a writer and with the support of Renew I aim to aggregate these interests into one space. The word Agora was used in ancient Greece and translates to “gathering place”. The space is a dynamic studio and gallery which supports emerging writers, researchers and practitioners within the contemporary arts; a place to read, write, think, talk and test ideas. With a small membership fee of $20 per week artists are invited to use the facilities as needed. This includes the use of the gallery space outside of exhibition bookings. Agora is also accepting project proposals for its gallery.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
The space was last inhabited by the wonderfully talented duo Doubleyou + Suko Gallery . Sara Spence and Sue Dawes transformed the unused space into a beautiful shopfront and gallery. I am indebted to the hard work they put in to get the shop up and running and hope to continue what they started by utilising the space to its full potential.

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