Cement Fondu is mixing up a new breed of gallery

Cement Fondu is a new art space that smashes the traditional gallery model and bonds it back together in a refreshing way.
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Amber Koroluk-Stephenson, Paradise Dreaming, 2015. Mixed media installation; image supplied courtesy the artist.

During the past decade, the traditional commercial gallery sector has been in the mode of ‘recalibrate or close up shop’. Equally, the ARI – the independent, artist-run experimental space – has fallen under the pressure of rental hikes through city gentrification and big developers, rending many closed. With art fairs and online selling sites finally nestled in as the norm, the thought of opening an art gallery is both a risky and slightly nostalgic option.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina