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RARRK-LONDON at the Bargehouse

Words: Mark Cook; Image: Jenny Davell

Walk into the Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf and you just might be surprised at what you find.

RARRK-LONDON at the Bargehouse

Using the Bargehouse's warehouse feel, the RAARK-LONDON exhibition takes the character of its surroundings, fusing a modern industrial setting with an ancient art form.

The exhibition includes all varieties of Aboriginal art, from reed-like pole art to woodbark hangings. The layout of the display takes you on a meandering course through the cavernous rooms in theBargehouse and even includes a short video providing history of Aboriginal art. Music from the movie pulses through the nearby rooms and provides an extrasensory experience to viewing the art.

The reason this particular exhibition has such an earthy feel to it is the way the designers include natural light to compliment both the building and the art pieces.

Employing a minimalist technique to the layout of the exhibition, each room only has a few pieces, allowing the viewer to interact more with the art. There is ample room to walk around, and the warehouse feel encourages you to take your time as you view all the art.

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