7 January, 2018
For immediate release
IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE...
ASSP Gallery Port Adelaide is closing its doors after three years serving and supporting the Arts, Community, Disadvantaged People and the Youth.
After 3 years of proving a service to support the arts community, schools, youth and disadvantaged groups ASSP Gallery Port Adelaide is official closing its doors on 14 January, 2018.
Gallery owner Sue Smith has her own experiences living with mobility restrictions, depression and anxiety as a result of an accident in 2008. Her medical team at the time suggested establishing her own art gallery would be a therapeutic tool to aiding her recovery from the mental impact of her disability. Over the years Sue has provided additional support for people with a physical disability and those impacted by mental illness. As she was asked by a Disability Organisation located in Port Adelaide if she would support their members in giving them a chance to volunteer at ASSP Gallery sure as that Sue agreed without hesitation.
For health reasons Sue will take things slow for a few weeks to get ready with support by her trusted team of volunteers to take on new challenges in the arts and going back into the photography and tourism where she gives travel tips to our lovely Australia, where possible supported by her own photos.
Formerly working within the tourism and entertainment industries Sue has used her connections to promote Port Adelaide and its region to national and international tourists, at the date of this Media Release the gallery is ranked by TripAdvisor #9 of 32 things to do in Port Adelaide.
Exhibition launches and awards presentations, featuring our our local politicians, were community events held at the gallery and attracted up to 190 visitors from the local area, interstate and world, from the Asian countries to US, Canada, England, Russia, European countries up to the southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states: Lithuania.
VIPs from Federal and State Government visited the successful little gallery in the heart of Port Adelaide, this included Mrs Lan Lei. The members who couldn’t visit did sent letters of support, these was read by launch speakers to members of the public
“Exciting new beginnings coming your way! You closed your gallery with the grace in which you ran it. Will always be grateful to you for buying my three mirrors at the Port Adelaide Rotary Art Show in 2016. You’ve no idea how much this encouraged me and how it has carried on! Good wishes always.” (Thanks for the how-to-wrap-paintings advise too.) Liz Ports, Artist”
“Very sorry that you to close Sue, you did a fantastic job not just for artists but for the tourism at the Port, you will be missed there. All the best for your future.” Susan Gilder, Volunteer
“Sue Smith you have contributed so much to the Arts in your exhibition venture and the support of artists, Your commitment and determination has been an enormous milestone. Good luck on your new stage. It will be a pleasure to take on your exhibition banner at the RRR!” Ourania Baslis, Proprietor Red Rhino Room Exhibition Space and Studio, Hilton SA”