I was lucky enough to be given a fabulous guided tour of Geisha Arts yesterday by Miranda Rasmussen, the Director of this brand-new, urban art gallery. This fantastic space, situated within the Madame Geisha venue, features work from up-and-coming urban artists including Zac Walsh, Ben Allen and Matt Small.
Geisha Arts is so much more than just another gallery. Describing itself as an ‘urban arts hub’ – an organic restaurant and bar, a gallery, a place to hold meetings, and a business running art-related workshops – Geisha Arts IS Madame Geisha during the day. At night, the more fragile pieces of art are removed from the walls and it becomes ‘Madame Geisha – the nightclub’.
The best thing about this space, of course, is that it’s not like a traditional gallery at all – there’s no silence, no forced reverence for the art and you can wander around chatting over a glass of wine. Everything about this place is edgy and contemporary. If you aren’t the biggest fan of traditional galleries, but have an appreciation for art, then this is the space you’ve been crying out for.
Upstairs, there’s an outdoor courtyard featuring graffiti art and the uppermost meeting area (available for hire) is fantastic – a glass table with clear plastic chairs on a glass floor, surrounded by the most striking art underneath an enormous chandelier. If there’s such a thing as ‘urban decadence’, then Geisha Arts defines it perfectly.