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Geographically speaking, Perth’s distance from Australia’s other major cities makes it something of an outpost. But this tyranny of distance has also made Perth a unique city when it comes to art and architecture, because it’s not bound by the influences of Melbourne, Sydney, or Adelaide.
Nowhere is this more evident than at the Skinner Gallery, an historic gallery in West Perth that is now home to the new Jardan Trade Showroom.
In 1953, Rose and Josiah (Joe) Skinner took up the lease in the old building on Malcolm street and turned it into a renowned gallery space. By the middle of the 1960’s, less than a decade after it opened, it was the cornerstone venue for the Annual Festival of Perth, hosting exhibitions from artists like Guy Grey Smith, Robert Junpier, and Brian McKay. Notably, the Duke of Edinburgh attended the gallery in the middle of the 1960’s, to launch an exhibition by Sidney Nolan.
As it stands today, the space has been carefully remodelled to house pieces from the current Jardan collection. Located just by Kings Park in Perth, the interiors were designed to reflect historic Modernist Australian architecture of the 1950’s and 60’s, bringing the layout of the old gallery space to life with a large open family space, which is surrounded by smaller, more intimate rooms.
It bares similarities to the Jardan Sydney store, too, with a colour palette that takes inspiration from the colours used by Swisse-French architect, Le Corbusier.
Our Perth Store is located at
31 Malcolm St