Saint Cloche is a contemporary gallery and concept space in Sydney’s Paddington with a mission to support the work of established artists, whilst also providing a platform for fresh talent to present their ideas to the world. Championing the work of emerging and mid-career artists, ceramicists, sculptors and photographers, Saint Cloche prides itself on not only providing a beautiful high-spec physical space to showcase art, but also a platform for multi-dimensional promotion across many channels including print press, digital and social media.
The schedule of shows is carefully curated by the gallery director Kitty Clark, or by invited guest curators on occasion. While Saint Cloche is not an artist run space, we do accept submissions from artists who are interested in exhibiting their work in one of our curated solo or group exhibitions. Saint Cloche now also selectively represents a small stable of emerging artists.
We can facilitate the purchase of art through good relationships with our exhibiting artists, past and present. We can work together with the client to guide and assist the development of a collection for a variety of budgets.
The aesthetic of Saint Cloche is contemporary and restrained, making use of materials such as polished concrete, marble, metal and glass.
After hours our gallery space is also available for hire as a space for events, product launches and brands that suit the aesthetic of the gallery.
After 3 years of operation as one of Sydney’s most exciting galleries and creative venues, Saint Cloche is excited to announce our physical expansion to offer a second gallery space onsite. ‘Saint Cloche Upstairs’, situated literally just upstairs from the original gallery, provides an alternative exhibition space for more intimate shows. Offering the same clean and minimalist aesthetic for which Saint Cloche is known, the upstairs gallery flows through to a sundrenched outdoor terrace with views across the Paddington district – perfect for opening receptions.
When not in use as an exhibition space for a particular show, ‘Saint Cloche Upstairs’ will host the full and diverse Saint Cloche stockroom, allowing an easier means of perusing works from previous shows and available works.
Saint Cloche does accept artist submissions. To be considered, artists are asked to provide a sampling of their current works as well as short form bio including any key accomplishments and an artist statement for the works you are looking to show. We are also interested to hear why you think your works would be a good match for our gallery!
For submissions, please email info[at]saintcloche.com
After almost a decade travelling the globe as a seasoned luxury buyer for the Gucci Group, Kitty settled down in Sydney to follow her dream of supporting local design talent. Her vision is evocatively expressed in her explanation of the name ‘Saint Cloche’:
“‘Saint’ has links to things that I love. The iconic fashion house of Saint Laurent is an all-time favourite. It also reminds me of the fashionable Saint-Germain-des-Pres in Paris, with its history of high jinks and lofty thinking – the haunt of Picasso, Giacometti, Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. I love the idea of sitting at one of the cramped outdoor tables at the famous Cafe de Flore in Saint Germain, sipping on French champagne with a Saint Laurent ‘Smoking’ jacket draped over my shoulders, people watching through dark sunglasses.
This is my vision for Saint Cloche – to become a fashionable destination for the arts in beautiful Paddington. As for ‘cloche’, it is a well-recognised symbol in the presentation of a feast. The lid is lifted dramatically to reveal what lies beneath. The gallery is a cloche of sorts, encircled by large European steel framed windows, it displays a visual feast within.”
Kitty presents exhibitions at Saint Cloche that are an eclectic mix of textiles, paintings, sculptural plants and objet d’art for the home.
Photos Jacqui Turk @jacqui_turk