New shop launches at Campbelltown Arts Centre

Arts centre director Michael Dagostino with Campbelltown councillor Margaret Chivers and mayor George Brticevic.
Arts centre director Michael Dagostino with Campbelltown councillor Margaret Chivers and mayor George Brticevic.

Local artisans have a new space to showcase their wares with the opening of Campbelltown Arts Centre's first gallery shop this week.

The shop, Artist Exchange, opened on Wednesday and includes a range of ceramics, jewellery, woven pieces and more unique gifting.

The centre's foyer has been redesigned, with the new shop occupying the old reception area and the new reception area moving closer to the entrance.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said it was great to see the shop up and running.

"The Campbelltown Arts Centre is a cultural hub for the region and a place where local artist are able to showcase their work," he said.

"This new shop will further support our local artists by providing another avenue to sell their amazing work, especially during a difficult period when the arts industry has been impacted so heavily by Covid."

Arts centre director Michael Dagostino (centre) with Campbelltown councillor Margaret Chivers and mayor George Brticevic.

Arts centre director Michael Dagostino (centre) with Campbelltown councillor Margaret Chivers and mayor George Brticevic.

The shop's name was picked after a community poll, where locals were invited to choose from a list of potential names or suggest one themselves.

"Thank you to everyone in our community who took part in the competition to help name the new shop," Cr Brticevic said.

"Artist Exchange was among the most popular names on our shortlist while there were also some fantastic ideas for alternative names.

"We are excited to open this new shop to our community which will support our local artists and provide another way to showcase the strength of arts and culture in the Macarthur region."

Campbelltown councillor Margaret Chivers first brought the idea of a shop at the arts centre to the council more than a year ago.

She said it was wonderful to see it come to life.

"I'm super excited and proud," she said.

"Our arts centre is such an amazing place where so many people, not just residents, but people from all over Sydney and NSW, come to visit.

"The Myuran Sukumaran exhibition brought 30,000 people through the centre.

"When I go to galleries, the first place I love to visit is the shop - I always buy something that I'll take away as a reminder of my visit.

"I think a shop, cafe and gallery really complement each other."

Cr Chivers said she was thrilled local artisans had a chance to showcase their work to a broader audience.

"When you get here you will see a lot of items with pink tags which say 'Macarthur made'," she said.

"That's telling people who come into the shop that we have such talented artisans working, and sometimes you don't see them, because they're working in a potter studio or weaving insider their own house. But this is a place where they can showcase what they make."

Campbelltown Arts Centre director Michael Dagostino said the shop was the perfect addition to the gallery.

"This will further enhance the experience for people visiting the arts centre and I encourage everyone to come and see the new shop," he said.