End of an Era: The Closing of Gallery 101 in March 2010

March 2010


It is with sadness that I hear of the closing of Gallery 101 in March this year for the closing of a prominent city gallery hurts the whole arts community. To the director, Diana Gold, and curators Martina Copley and Cate Massola, I wish them all the best in their new endeavours, whatever they may be. I thank them for their time, conversation, insight and knowledge about the art scene in Melbourne. Au revoir!

Dr Marcus Bunyan





To friends and colleagues in the Melbourne Visual Art community, it is with regret that we write to tell you that Gallery 101 will close in March this year.

Major rejuvenation works have recently been instigated by the owners of 101 Collins Street within the main ground floor entry lobbies of the building adjacent to Gallery 101. To coincide with this renovation program, 101 Collins Street has recently decided that the space that has operated as Gallery 101 will close effective from March 13th.

Gallery 101 has operated as a unique model in a corporate building since the building’s establishment. In 1992 Dianna Gold was appointed Director/Curator to run the Gallery space on behalf of 101 Collins Street. For nearly 20 years, the owners and management have supported the Gallery which has provided a forum for emerging and established artists. The formal exhibition program began with an acquisitive art prize called ARTWORKZ, which ran for 5 years and was fully sponsored by 101 Collins Street to begin their art collection.

Gallery 101 has been identified as one of the most beautiful gallery spaces in one of the most respected corporate buildings in Australia. The Gallery has contributed to the profile of 101 Collins Street, liaised with tenants in the building and played a significant role in the arts community. Gallery 101 is a respected commercial gallery and member of the ACGA. With over thirty represented artists, Gallery 101 has showcased an ongoing program of diverse contemporary art exhibitions to a broad local and national audience.

The end of its life as a gallery marks the very significant role the artists via many exhibitions have contributed to the rich artistic cultural tapestry in the City of Melbourne.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who have supported our artists and the Gallery.

Press release from Gallery 101 website [Online] Cited 03/03/2010 no longer available online




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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, an art and cultural memory archive, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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