Now I'm a 'North of the River' guy, so my gut feel is either in the city, or inner north. I haven't looked at prices yet (that is, how much it costs to rent a shop), so that's probably a next step.
My guess is that renting a place in the city would be hideously expensive, so it probably rules that out. But I would ideally like to have it somewhere that both locals and tourists could stumble upon it. Ideas include:
- Gertrude St, Fitzroy - Just a cool street to be on, probably rather pricey
- Brunswick St, Fitzroy - Not quite what it used to be, but still attracts a lot of foot traffic
- Smith St / Johnston St, Collingwood - Maybe more affordable
- High St, Northcote - a little further out of town ... but it's my new hood
Then again, I guess an art project doesn't necessarily need to be held in the one physical space. Perhaps it could be a roving gallery, with a stand at the Rose St Artist market one day, and somewhere else the next. Or it could be an outdoor gallery like the City-lights project.
I also like the idea of an underground, guerilla style gallery that 'pops up' in different places, not unlike the mobmov guerilla drive-in movement.
I guess it will probably come down to cost, and where I can afford to set something up. But I'm always interested to hear what everyone else thinks.