Launching on Sunday December 4, Waiting Room is excited to welcome the Brisbane community to a showcase of global music and local, cross-disciplinary creative talent.
Drawing on co-owner Jordan Rogers-Smith’s background as a hospitality specialist and DJ, and co-owner Emily’s Devers’s background as a practicing artist, curator and arts facilitator, the pair have brought together a retail experience in art and music that is accessible to all. Operating primarily online, Waiting Room rotates original Australian artwork and global records, and pops up in beloved venues and unconventional spaces around Brisbane for temporary exhibitions and events.
The gallery arm features contemporary art (by emerging and established artists), carefully curated objects (ceramics, ritual items, wearables) and independent publications (on topics such as architecture, art, design, music history and more).
“Those who work in the creative industries here in Brisbane know how interconnected we all are. Following a rough few years for creatives, our intention with Waiting Room is to continue the work we started with The Third Quarter Gallery – amplify opportunities for creative connection. We’re an unconventional gallery – artists aren’t beholden to us. We work hard to promote, support and mentor our artists, and encourage further opportunities outside of our platform. This launch event is a group invitation out of isolation and back into the community via art and music. ” says Emily.
The record arm stocks new and pre-loved records with a major focus on outer-national, jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop and ambient music – catering to a welcoming and friendly listening experience.
“Brisbane’s music scene is incredibly active, connected and supportive. Through Waiting Room we’re amplifying the shared experience of music, and promoting discovery to those who wish to learn more. Our online and pop-up experience promotes happy digging, guided exploration and an elevated listening experience of diverse music”. shares Jordan.
The launch event will be a great opportunity for the Brisbane community to shop for unique, thoughtful and affordable gifts ahead of Christmas – knowing they’re supporting creatives’ emergence from the effects of the pandemic. For those who can’t make the launch, but wish to explore Waiting Room online, they can expect very carefully curated products (with a focus on low mileage, thoughtful production processes, and spotlighting independent makers), independent publications from Australia and across the globe, affordable contemporary art, and a truly unique selection of new and pre-loved records.