Virtual art exhibition shows 'There's No Place Like Home'

NEW EXHIBITION: Bordertown's Walkway Gallery created a virtual exhibition that was watched by over 100 people.
NEW EXHIBITION: Bordertown's Walkway Gallery created a virtual exhibition that was watched by over 100 people.

When you think of the phrase "there's no place like home" your mind immediately thinks of the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.

However, Bordertown's Walkway Gallery has taken the phrase and made it their own, creating a virtual exhibition full of artwork that makes Tatiara residents feel at home.

With COVID-19 restrictions stopping visitors from attending the gallery, Tatiara District Council's arts and cultural development officer Naomi Fallon said showcasing local art virtually opened up a new opportunity.

"There were quite a few people who were uneasy about the restrictions lifting, and there lovely little bit of synergy watching 'There's No Place Like Home' from the comfort of your home," Ms Fallon said.

"It was another way to get people into the gallery without having to physically be there."

The opening of the virtual gallery was viewed through the gallery's Facebook page on June 12, and drew a big digital crowd.

"We had over 100 people on the opening day - they were very well behaved. But that was amazing, cause that's pretty rare to have on an opening day," Ms Fallon said.

The unique viewing experience consisted of Ms Fallon going through each room and showcasing all of the pieces, while highlighting the local artists who created the masterpiece.

"We pointed out some of the artists like Jaime Prosser, Catherine Warnest, Glenda Rowett and Kim Haines who work here and created things for the show," Ms Fallon said.

"We then did a brief overview of the objects that people had brought in - it was really simple and easy, and gave people a glimpse of what was here."

Each artwork has their own unique story, and with the simple theme of "There's No Place Like Home", all of the artists were given a great opportunity to create or showcase something that was personal to them.

"They all have some sort of connection to home for the artist who created them - there are a lot of very nice connections," Ms Fallon said.

"And we've had such a great response to this we are going to have to do a second version, because the amount of people who have said 'I could have brought in something in'."

The Walkway Gallery doors are now open, and people who are interested in checking out the exhibition will have until July 12. The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.