In the mid ‘90s, painter, sculptor and installation artist, Gabriel Rosati, was so inspired by her visit to the Epicentre arts enclave in Belongil that she decided to move here from Sydney.
Unfortunately, by the time she arrived in the mid 2000s, the hive of creative activity had diminished.
Ms Rosati said, ‘When this large, rambling conglomeration of sheds on the Lismore Road at Bangalow became available, I could see galleries, workshops and studios’.
‘It just needed some love, hard work and a realistic vision.
‘The site even had an old red rattler train carriage. Artists displaced by skyrocketing rents in Byron found the Arts Yard not only affordable, but also stimulating and inspiring’.
After 10 years, The Arts Yard is on the market. ‘I really hope a new owner will keep the dream alive. Meanwhile, I’m ready for my next challenge; the completion of a renovation project near the ocean and to continue making art’, said Ms Rosati.