Saint Cloche is a brand new, contemporary gallery and concept space in Sydney’s Paddington with a mission to support the work of established artists while also providing a platform for fresh talent to present their ideas to the world.
The aesthetic of Saint Cloche is contemporary and restrained, making use of materials such as polished concrete, marble, metal and glass. Not far from Five Ways, our frontage is on a beautiful leafy corner and is enclosed by a large set of vintage industrial windows, which flood the space with beautiful natural light. These considered design elements are all geared toward presenting our exhibitions at their aesthetic best.
Where suitable, Saint Cloche will look for creative and complementary pairing to enhance and enrich the exhibitions on show. For example, if you are a painter of a certain persuasion, we may seek to pair you up with a ceramicist whose work has a simpatico to your own. The painted works would be hung on all our walls, while the ceramics would be displayed on our generous stone plinths.
Given this effortless chic, it comes as no surprise that Saint Cloche founder, Kitty Wong, spent almost a decade travelling the globe as a senior buyer for the Gucci Group before settling down in Sydney and pursuing her dream of fostering local design talent. Her explanation for the name “Saint Cloche” is exquisitely evocative:
“‘Saint’ has links to things that I love. The iconic fashion house of Saint Laurent is an all-time favourite. It also reminds me of the fashionable Saint-Germain-des-Pres in Paris, with its history of high jinks and lofty thinking; the haunt of Picasso, Giacometti, Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. I love sitting at one of the cramped outdoor tables at the famous Cafe de Flore in Saint Germain, sipping on French champagne with a Saint Laurent ‘Smoking’ jacket draped over my shoulders, people watching through dark sunglasses.
This is my vision for Saint Cloche – to become a fashionable destination for the arts in beautiful Paddington.
As for ‘cloche’ – it is a well-recognised symbol in the presentation of a feast. The lid is lifted dramatically to reveal what lies beneath. The gallery is a cloche of sorts, encircled by large European steel framed windows, displaying the visual feast within.”
Kitty has a mission to support the work of established artists whilst also providing a platform for fresh talent to present their ideas. The exhibitions at Saint Cloche are an eclectic mix of textiles, paintings, leafy plants and objet d’art for the home.