S T O R Y

Tasmanian Based Australian Artist Painting ~ 'Aspect Design' - Curate Art & Design Gallery Sorrento Mornington Peninsula Melbourne

From 2002 to 2021, we, along with our wonderful staff, successfully operated Aspect Design and Gallery Salamanca, both located within the Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart, Tasmania.

And then came COVID.

Tourism dependent, our businesses were severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. So, at the height of the pandemic with our leases at their end and with a daunting and uncertain future ahead, we made the very difficult decision to not renew and to close both locations.

Heartbroken and needing something to look forward to, we purchased an Aussie-made Trakka van with the intention of taking an early retirement and living the #vanlife dream of exploring our amazing country of Australia.

In December 2020, we made our way to NSW to pick up our van and bring it back to Tasmania. But...we got waylaid by several months due to our reluctance to face our "new" life without the galleries, along with falling in love with the Victorian coast, especially the Mornington Peninsula and the charming seaside village of Sorrento.

Almost immediately upon visiting Sorrento, we both intuitively felt we could live and resume our art gallery business here (while still maintaining our much-loved Tassie home). With an apartment for sale and a space for lease, we thought...why not?

We contacted our long-time employee, Glenda, and a few of our key artists and makers who we've represented for many years, along with some amazing Mornington Peninsula artists ~ and Curate Art & Design was born.

And then came DELTA.

And...now, along with the rest of Victoria, we've finally "re-awakened" and are excited to welcome you to our gorgeous new gallery space and next chapter. So, when it's safe to do so, please stop in and say "Hi" if you're in the Sorrento area. We'd love to meet you. And since most of our former customers call Victoria home, reconnect if we know you already.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe and keep well,

Mitch & Deborah

T E A M

Deborah

As Gallery Director and Head Curator, I bring over 19 years experience in operating successful commercial galleries in Tasmania.

My main focuses are curating the gallery, website and our social media accounts, along with managing the gallery's day-to-day administration.

My true love and enjoyment comes from making "beautiful" even more beautiful. So be careful, you may not leave empty handed. That's the hope anyway.

Mitch

As Chief Curate Consultant, I bring not only two decades experience and knowledge of operating commercial galleries in Hobart, Tasmania, but also my expertise as a practising artist.

As Curate's "Creator in Residence", you may see me at work painting and creating in our gallery studio space.

I also maintain a home studio in Tasmania where, together with the Mornington Peninsula, I find much of my inspiration.

Glenda

As Assistant Curator, I assist both Deborah and Mitch in their roles and manage the gallery when they're not here.

I've worked closely with both of them, as well as our artists, for nearly a decade.

When they offered me (and my beloved cat, Jedda) the opportunity to relocate to lovely Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and told me "they wouldn't want to do it without me" ~ how could I refuse?!?!

V I S I O N

Our vision is to support and serve our family of creatives by engaging the local community and its visitors with alluring curated displays and exhibitions, along with providing welcoming and informed service ~ utlimately leading to the acquistion of treasured artworks our customers will enjoy for many years to come.

Our purpose is to encourage, preserve and commemorate Australian handmade works and their creators to "keep dreams alive".