Q Bank Gallery is run by a group of friends who fell in love with Queenstown and its old bank building.
Previously the building’s owner lived upstairs and the downstairs was rented as a gallery and artist residency (known as “the Bank Annex”) to LARQ.
When we took over the building in 2015, LARQ had already moved out of the gallery, but we took up the baton to provide a space for artists-in-residence in Queenstown.
Virginia Woolf says that artists need a room of their own to create art. We’ve taken it one step further, providing a temporary “Gallery of One’s Own” for artists. Artists typically stay for a month and have a show of their work at the end of their residency.
The goal of the gallery is to provide a friendly, respectful space where artists are able to enter into a two-way dialogue (consciously or unconsciously) with Queenstown’s community and environment. We hope that dialogue is beneficial to both artists and Queenstown.
Artists can apply for a residency here.
Upstairs is rented out on AirBnB, with its own separate entrance and stairs. But AirBnB guests are encouraged to visit the gallery to see the artists’ work.