Students put wheels in motion for cool display

Artskool curators Paul Eggins and Mel Fidler with a spray-painted car that forms part of the Artskool exhibition. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Artskool curators Paul Eggins and Mel Fidler with a spray-painted car that forms part of the Artskool exhibition. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

GIVING up his car for arts sake was a risky move for Paul Eggins, but one that is sure to catch some attention and hopefully inspire others.

Eggins and University of Tasmania Bachelor of Contemporary Arts peer Melanie Fidler opened their new exhibition Artskool at the Powerhouse Gallery, above Blue Cafe at Inveresk, last night and the car is the billboard to entice people to view it.

Fidler said they wanted a billboard that stood out and Eggins's car wasn't working too well so that ended up being the prop.

"Now it doesn't go at all because of all the spray paint," Fidler said.

"But he's from Sydney originally and it came from there and served him well with a few Hobart trips, so he's not too fussed yet."

Inside, the gallery is filled with a collection of works by Fidler and Eggins and they have even set up PlayStations and an old Vectrex machine to keep people entertained.

Work by the two UTAS students includes paintings, prints, photography, sculptures, textiles and even a graffiti mural.

Friends of the two artists have even made their own home-crafted beer called Brew Bros that people can try.

Fidler said the reason she and Eggins put on the exhibition was because of the space and because they wanted to push the boundaries of a typical gallery show.

"The Powerhouse is a space that should be used more by students," Fidler said.

"There's no boundaries, because it's not your typical gallery space ... and we really just want to encourage the young art scene to come check it out and hopefully more people will use it."

ARTSKOOL will run until May 23 at the Powerhouse Gallery and will be open today from 9.30am to 3.30pm, tomorrow from 10am to 2.30pm and weekdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

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