If you can tear yourself away from sifting through records at Title Store, wander up the stairs and down a narrow hallway and you’ll find yourself in Matt Rabbidge’s light-filled gallery. The fresh white walls sit against original hardwood floors, plaster patterning and an oversized arched window in this heritage-listed building. This is the new Sydney home of Mild Manners Project Gallery (M.M.P.G), an exhibition and zine platform that started in Brisbane in 2012.
“Mild Manners was born to show contemporary artwork from the fringes in temporary project spaces across the east coast of Australia,” says Rabbidge. Past exhibitions have featured the work of range of photographers, painters, sculptors, illustrators and filmmakers from Australia and abroad, including locals Trent Whitehead and Miso.
With little emphasis placed on career or saleability, Rabbidge says Mild Manners’ projects are driven by genuine interest in, and respect for artworks. The artist book and zine arm was developed to appeal to the wide demographic coming through the gallery. Past titles include the sold-out zines No Shelter by Sean Morris, DIY Tattooing by Miso and Masters of the Universe by Ghostpatrol.
"M.M.P.G is a project space for Mild Manners,” says Rabbidge. “For the moment, I’m definitely happy with keeping a bricks and mortar space in Sydney while continuing to work on project exhibitions interstate.”
Upcoming exhibitions include shows from American painter Ramsay Dau, Sydney photographer Sylve Colless and Melbourne sculptor Justin Lee Williams, with Rabbidge promising to stay put for at least 12 months.
FUTURE PRIMITIVE, New paintings by Ramsey Dau is showing until November 1, 2014.