St Columba Chapel and Gallery
@ St Nicholas
As we all know, March saw the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns "across the board".
During this time, all our lives and priorities have taken a different course, as so with the Gallery team, and as such, the Gallery Team have mutually agreed that we are no longer able to support the running and co-ordination of the Gallery.
When restrictions are lifted, and life returns to a new normal, perhaps a new team would be interested in supporting Gallery events – we will be more than happy to assist in any way we can, but until then, the Gallery will be in recess
Bookings are available upon inquiry . You may be an artist who has previously exhibited with us, or you may be thinking about "testing the waters" with your first, and might like to have a solo exhibition, or share with one or more artists. We would be delighted to talk about it with you.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
At the end of 2011, we completed the renovation and extension of St Nicholas’ facilities which successfully combined the old with the new creating a beautiful reordered worship space that faces east through the opened up arches.
We created a Gallery space in what was the old sanctuary, a beautiful area of red brick and stained glass interspersed with white walls. Track lighting has been installed to highlight exhibits and displays, and many find the space both reflective and inspiring. Our Gallery is now seven years old! We named this space St Columba Gallery in honour of St Nicholas’ sister Church, St Columba, in nearby Edithvale, which was deconsecrated and sold in 2007, paving the way for the combined parish to redevelop St Nicholas in Mordialloc. St Columba Church will always remain an integral part of our history and we wish to preserve the memory, the heritage and the people who came together with St Nicholas Mordialloc to serve their community, faith and Church.
We have successfully hosted many varied and diverse exhibitions since opening our Gallery, ranging from private concerns to community events and our own seasonal offerings, with many repeat exhibitors. The Saint Nicholas Poetry Society, which meets the second Wednesday of every month @ 1pm, grew out of an exhibition.
After contemplating at length our Gallery space, and how best the parish and local community can both utilise it to its optimum, both for Gallery exhibitions and for church worship and prayer needs, the Vicar, Parish Council and the Gallery Committee decided to amend the name of the space from St Columba Gallery to the St Columba Chapel and Gallery. Now, this space will also reflect and embody our worship.
And now, with the Gallery in recess, we await our new Vicar, and a new Gallery Team, to visit the best way to move forward with the Chapel Gallery.