Destination Art: Uralla Gallery

THROUGHOUT A LONG AND DIRE DROUGHT AND NOW AMIDST A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, URALLA GALLERY IN RURAL NSW IS FLOURISHING. MADELINE CLAIRE WRITES.

Harriet and Will Corlis bought their first piece of art last year with a voucher given to them as a wedding gift. The experience sparked hope and ambition within the couple, who were struggling against the reality of harsh drought conditions in their country home. Within a year, Uralla Gallery was born.

Six months after opening, the couple has already learnt the importance of a quick pivot. After opening its doors in April this year, to then closing them due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they didn’t submit to adversity but thrived on it.

Harriet and Will quickly launched an online gallery platform, allowing them to present paintings, photographs and ceramics by artists in the gallery stable. The reception amongst the community, in-person and online, has been overwhelmingly positive for the young duo, who recently welcomed the birth of their first child, Margot.

From the beginning, the aim of Uralla Gallery has been to make buying art accessible in a welcoming and joyful environment. “The gallery is a warm, eclectic mix of art for all tastes,” says Harriet. Offering shipping services nation-wide and lay-by options, Uralla gives its artists and clients the best possible chance for collection opportunities.

While the work displayed at the gallery often has associations with Australian country life, Harriet and Will place great importance on presenting art of many different subjects from artists around Australia. The work of Kylie Sirett, a Victorian based artist whose work was recently on show that Uralla Gallery, draws inspiration from household items in her everyday life, such as fresh produce or kitchen utensils. Her subjects lend to works that could have been inspired by any family home across the country, and likewise could hang in any.

While its doors haven’t been open long, the early success and growth of Uralla Gallery predict it will be a go-to art destination for many years to come.

Feature image: Gallery owners Harriet and Will Corlis with their daughter Margot.

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