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Anthony Riding Gallery July 4, 2011

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The Anthony Riding Gallery, at the end of a cul-de-sac in Pearse St, North Fremantle, is Perth’s newest gallery space and a revelation.

Its  500sq  m of exhibition space houses the work of Justin Smith, New York based visual artist Christian de Vietri, photographer and filmmaker Jack Pam, and Tom Muller and Jean-Thomas Vannotti, who make up Maschi Fontana. Outside, there’s another 100sq  m of space for sculpture. All in all, it’s  a unique gallery aimed at showcasing world-class art, conceived and conceptualized and energized by Ben Riding and Andreia Anthony.

I first met Ben Riding when he was 19 and I was talked into documenting a multi-arts project in South Perth.

Then, the former Scotch College schoolboy co-curated Hotel 6151, a major multi-arts project that exposed the talents of more than 50 artists, theorists, performers, fashion designers, musicians and filmmakers. It was an incredibly exciting night,

Riding and his team turned a disused hotel in South Perth into an interactive art gallery and received international acclaim. And he’s doing it again. The Anthony Riding Gallery plans to offer an annual prize of between $10,000 and $20,000 to promising artists.

“We want to promote and nurture the visual arts with an emphasis on West Australian artists,” says Riding, who has completed artist residencies in London and Berlin.

There is the same excitement about this gallery that I felt when I documented Hotel 6151. The energy of Andreia Anthony and Ben Riding has changed the art scene and the art direction of Perth in a major way.

Ben Riding and Andreia Anthony Photo Bohdan Warchomij
Ben Riding and Andreia Anthony Photos Bohdan Warchomij

Anthony Riding Gallery
Anthony Riding Gallery

Anthony Riding Gallery
Anthony Riding Gallery

Anthony Riding Gallery
Anthony Riding Gallery