New Margaret River showcase Redsea Gallery links artists to the world

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Redsea owners Chris and Charlie Churcher.
Camera IconRedsea owners Chris and Charlie Churcher. Credit: Lauren Trickett

A new art experience in the heart of Margaret River is being hailed as a success, with the chance to expose local artists to international audiences.

Redsea Gallery opened for business last month in the former JahRoc Galleries space on the main street near the northern entrance to town.

Owners Chris and Charlie Churcher have brought their years of gallery experience from Singapore and said they were thrilled with their century-old main street heritage premises, which will act as a sister gallery to the space they have run overseas for more than 20 years.

“For many years we’ve holidayed in Margaret River with our daughters and have loved the relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty,” Mr Churcher said.

“When the opportunity came up to acquire the historic building situated at the entrance to Margaret River town on Bussell Highway, we were compelled to retain the artistic presence the building has upheld for 50 years.”

The building has artistic roots going way back, with Margaret River’s first arts and crafts group calling it home when it was established in 1974.

The Churchers bought the space from JahRoc in 2022 and said they were committed to maintaining its artistic tradition, which included featuring original Margaret River artist Shaun Atkinson.

“We’re extremely proud to be creating the next chapter of the building’s creative story,” Mr Churcher said.

Redsea displays works by a variety of local and international artists, with ongoing commercial exhibitions including paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, and even cutting-edge art using X-rays.

“The Margaret River region is a drawcard for artists and art lovers. We now represent a number of incredible local creators and are excited to showcase them to our Singapore clients too,” Mr Churcher said.

The owners also plan to have exhibitions travel between Margaret River and Singapore.

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