Giovanni Malacrino, the owner of Giovanni’s Restaurants, has launched a new creative hub in Cardiff to facilitate and promote local artists and their work.
The new base, called GCHQ, was launched last night. The aim of the initiative is to give local talent a base to work on their projects, collaborate with like-minded people and publicise their work.
When discussing the opening, Mr. Malacrino said: “I have decided to open an art gallery with a difference, bringing together painting, music, and food. The gallery is also available for private parties, filming, and product launches.”
Located in the Cafe Quarter, which Giovanni pioneered 35 years ago, the arts hub will host monthly exhibitions of work by Welsh artists. It will also have performance and recording space for musicians to use, as well as provide a meeting place for food aficionados and bloggers.
Following the success of this year’s Mill Lane Art Week, the brainchild of Giovanni, he aims to create vibrant monthly showings which will put the area firmly on the map of European art destinations.
The first exhibition took place last night. The event showcased the vibrant and contemporary paintings of Christopher Langley, the modern and colourful abstracts of Christopher Pomper and the watercolour landscapes from Tony Paultyn.