The resource boom and the pop-up gallery bloom

The axis of the art scene is shifting in Australia’s most-isolated capital city. On one end of the spectrum, the traditional gallery is in crisis; on the other, artist-run initiatives and pop-up studio spaces are providing a hopeful new model for the sector. This change could be pinned to a number of factors, but none more significant than Western Australia’s backbone: natural resources. It seems any discussion about the Perth art community inevitably involves the mining industry, especially in recent times.

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