Mental Gallery Opens / Bowral Shopfront

It’s an intimate approach to the experience of the arts. We’re an innovative platform in a regional context.

Mental is a new type of shopfront gallery and studio in the commercial centre of Bowral, in the Southern Highlands, NSW (Gundungurra Country). Mental is a platform for exhibition, retail, practice and events that collectively address how the arts can positively contribute to our wellbeing, both as individuals in our lived experience and as a wider community.

Mental tried to open earlier this year but was unable to as a result of COVID restrictions. Director Sergei Netchaef is excited that the gallery will be opening this weekend.

So join Mental Gallery on Saturday 18 July from 10am to 6pm when Mental officially opens its doors to be what it’s made for: a welcoming, quality gallery, retail and exhibition space for budding, emerging and established artists.

In keeping with all recommended health advice in NSW, Mental will be restricting the amount of people allowed in the space at one time. Masks, hand sanitizer, visual distance markings and all recommended precautions are being followed so we may all stay safe.

Mental is a hub for community connection, supported by a variety of innovative programs and events. Mental actively celebrates and demonstrates that every individual and community can benefit from having the arts in their life.

While Mental has been unable to open to the public, it has still been able to share plenty of artistic talent with the community.

A social distance gallery has been on display – a digital screen with different artists exhibiting their work. Mr Netchaef said this would continue for awhile.

As well as being a space for emerging and established artists to hone and exhibit their craft, Mr Netchaef said they would also run workshops and a residency programs.

A range of arts will benefit from the new space with support for a range of arts-related activities- visual art, music, digital content, performance, writing and design.

The space will also allow young artists to connect with and learn from more experienced artists.

Mr Netchaef said they had connections with ‘practicing professionals’ which would create a ‘unique opportunity’ for emerging artists to seek support and guidance while honing their craft.

For more information find Mental Gallery on Facebook or visit

10m to 6pm
Shop 2, 347 Bong Bong Street, Bowral


Sergei Natchaef

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