Nine Lives Gallery is a Brisbane based, completely independent gallery space that exhibits local, interstate and the occasional international artist. The idea of opening a gallery was conceived over beers between nine friends, all of which wanted to create a space to converge their passions of art, design, events and music.
The gallery started up in 2008, coming from very humble beginnings above an Italian restaurant in the Brunswick Street Mall. Since then, they have had two moves and are now situated on Winn St in the Valley, next to the Outpost and Flamingo Café. Not only has the gallery seen growth in location and space, according to part founder, Sam Beck, "Nine Lives has become something of a launch pad for the careers of young contemporary artists such as the likes of Shida, Beastman and Georg."
In terms of what the gallery exhibit, they prefer not to limit themselves. This means that any time you visit, you could be exposed to works ranging from street art to contemporary photography to sculpture, video work or soundscape. Basically, "expect to see something more peculiar than your average white walled gallery," Sam stated.
Exhibitions at the gallery turn over roughly every month with some of the artwork available for sale. People need not worry about breaking the budget, with the art works being sold at the lower end of the spectrum, however Nine Lives feel the price in no way reflects the quality. Sam explained, "Our aim is to keep the prices for works down, allowing people the chance to have original artworks from talented emerging contemporaries on their walls."
Appreciating that the creative industries is a tough market to crack, with so many amazing gallery spaces and initiatives going on, the gallery thinks that it’s important to work with other creative outlets, not against them. This view has seen Nine Lives successfully work frequently in partnership with Monster Children, Vice Magazine, Art Park, Happy Endings, Splendour in the Grass, Laneway Festival and The Outpost.
If you want to learn more about Nine Lives Gallery you can do so on Facebook, their website, or on their tumblr . Alternatively, go in and check them out in person. "Our openings usually fall on Thursday evenings from 6pm come down, share a beer and check out what some of the best emerging contemporaries have to offer," Sam said.
Check out Nine Lives collaboration with The James Street Festival and Sydney artist, Dylan Quirk.