SKYWHALE CREATOR PATRICIA PICCININI WINS NATIONAL ART PRIZE
It was her experience running a tiny gallery in a Collins Street basement in the mid-1990s that convinced Patricia Piccinini to devote her working life to art.
Called The Basement, the artist-run initiative had no money and received little attention, but it helped kick-start Piccinini’s career.
‘‘It was at the peak of the recession, our rent was really low … it was incredibly atmospheric. One of the artists who showed there had a fire in there, in this big metal bowl. Now that I think about it 20 years later, I think we were completely mad. We did incredible, fun things, we had 60 exhibitions in three years.
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