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Kiri Smart

Kiri moved to Ballarat from Melbourne in 1994 to study sculpture at the Arts Academy with Peter Blizzard and Adrian Mauriks. After completing her BA, she got involved with the Ballarat Winter Festival in 1997, organising to borrow a shop in Sturt St for three weeks. This led to the creation of Anachronism Access Art Gallery, which provided low cost exhibition and studio space for emerging artists. In 1998, Anachronism closed to concentrate on booking the much larger potential at Grainery Lane Theatre & Gallery in Doveton St North (est. 1994). After many fantastic years hosting thousands of exhibitions, performances, plays, workshops and several years as Director of the Banana Lounge Festival, the committee and volunteers agreed to wrap up Grainery Lane due to increasing expenses.

She did casual work at the Art Gallery of Ballarat before returning to complete art history studies at the University of Melbourne. Kiri then gained full-time employment at the Art Gallery of Gallery. Her dream is to obtain a large studio and return to making sculpture full-time.

Kiri is currently on the board of management for Ballarat Arts Alive and the Ballarat Arts Foundation.

Image: Ballarat Arts Alive