Regional powerhouse Boom Gallery launch their fourth space 'Big Boom'


Image: Carli Wilson / Barnaby and Wilson Photography

For the past eight years, Ren Inei and Kate Jacoby of wildly successful Boom Gallery have fostered Geelong's creative community in the thriving arts district of riverside Newtown. Following a string of sell-out exhibitions, next month, Boom Gallery open their second gallery venue – aptly titled Big Boom – adding to their repertoire of art spaces within this fast-evolving precinct.

Housed in a large industrial warehouse just a few doors down from their flagship gallery, Big Boom, which officially opens its door on August 8, functions as a commercial gallery, Australian contemporary furniture showroom, workshop venue, artist in residence space and private function venue.

Big Boom is a cavernous industrial space with eight-metre ceilings - a vast footprint which allows for large-scale artwork and sculpture display, and an expanded showcase of contemporary Australian furniture and design.

Wander through Big Boom and immerse yourself in a dynamic space that includes a large-format art gallery, an open format artist in residence studio where you can watch the artist at work, and workshop area, that when in action, adds vibrancy to the immersive surrounds.

Image: Carli Wilson / Barnaby and Wilson Photography

Listening intently to the creative community in Geelong, Bellarine and the Surf Coast, Boom Gallery has successfully developed a portfolio of commercial design spaces that nurture emerging local artist and design talent, while simultaneously showcasing some of Australia's most exciting fine artists and designers.

Big Boom is the fourth space under the Boom Gallery umbrella following Boom Gallery, Boom Makers and Factory 21.

Boom Gallery buyers are located across Australia and include private collectors, interior designers and esteemed furniture showrooms; many opening night sales now come from interstate buyers, which further demonstrates the demand that Boom Gallery has developed.

Boom Gallery continues to expand and challenge the status quo of Australia's commercial art gallery landscape. If you're not already familiar, the only question that remains is, why not?


What:  Boom Gallery Launch Big Boom

Where:  5 Rutland Street, Newtown, Geelong VIC 3220

When:  Open to the public Friday, August 9, 2019.

Hours:  Monday-Saturday 9am - 4pm. Sunday 9am - 3pm.

Entry:  Free

Accessible: Yes


- Boom Gallery celebrate their 8th birthday in conjunction with the launch of Big Boom with a private event on Thursday, August 8.

- Interviews available with Boom Gallery Founders

- Additional imagery and information available on request


Appointed as Australia's City of Design by UNESCO in 2017, Geelong, the former industrial city by the bay, is fast-emerging as a significant hub for creativity and design. At the heart of this cultural surge is Boom Gallery, a vibrant and active contemporary art and design gallery. Launched by Ren Inei and Kate JacobyBoom Gallery exhibits original art and design by local, interstate and international artists, designers and makers. Boom Gallery continues to grow and evolve, both physically and conceptually, adding to the evolving cultural fibre of Geelong.

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The fourth in Boom Gallery's portfolio of properties, Big Boom is at once a commercial gallery, Australian contemporary furniture showroom, workshop venue, artist in residence space and private function venue.

The Big Boom Workshop

Available for hire year-round, the Big Boom Workshop can accommodate a variety of uses, from creative workshops to team building days.

The Big Boom Event Space

From corporate events to private soirées, Big Boom is available for events and functions including long table dinners, product launches, gatherings, creative talks and all that's in between.

*Please note: Big Boom is unable to facilitate weddings.

Big Boom Artist in Residence

Creating dynamism and vibrancy through its public-facing facade, Big Boom's Artist in Residence series enables visitors to view and speak with artists as they create new bodies of work on site. Each residency will be different as each artist brings their unique approach to art-making.

Amber Stokie will be Big Boom's Artist in Residence for July and August 2019. Amber usually works from Boom's Factory 21 studio complex and is delighted to have room to spread out and work on larger pieces at Big Boom. She will be in the space 4-6 days a week during the residency, focusing on executing new ideas and experimenting for her upcoming solo exhibition at Boom Gallery in December this year.

Pictured: Dowel Jones at Boom Gallery Credit: Cricket Saleh


Pictured L to R: Jason Smith, Celeste Robertson, Roger Grant, Cricket Saleh.

"Boom Gallery is essential to our interaction with local artists and makers, and it functions as a progressive, vitally important creative and social hub.  There is an integral, strong link between Geelong Gallery and Boom with each organisation sharing a commitment to support contemporary artists, and to nurture and extend our audiences’ engagements with diverse practices and artistic visions. " - Jason Smith, Director, Geelong Art Gallery.

"We love Boom for so many reasons! What started as keeping an eye on the best artwork in the region, coming in for cups of tea and lunches with friends, and treating ourselves to a new pair of earrings on many a visit, turned in to a great working relationship with Kate and Ren. We love partnering Natural Supply Co with Boom, who we feel hold many of the same values as we do; fostering a sense of community, supporting local small business and collaboration. We hold all of our work meetings at the cafe at Boom, and we use the amazing spaces for all of our professional photography; plus our lovely local customers can pick up their orders from Boom, saving on postage and getting their goodies faster! Happy birthday, Boom - cheers to the next eight wonderful years!" - Celeste Robertson, Director, Natural Supply Co.

"Boom Gallery perfectly aligns with Geelong’s brand and positioning. Through the hard work and vision of Ren and Kate, Boom Gallery is both Clever and Creative. The Gallery’s industrial past has been reinvented into a celebration of visual arts, always with a passion and priority for local artists. Boom’s impact, reputation and reach extends beyond Geelong and it is now entrenched into the fabric of contemporary Geelong. All of this has been achieved in under ten years and the plans for the future will further excite both locals and visitors. Boom Gallery is front and centre of the new Clever and Creative Geelong." - Roger Grant, Tourism Greater Geelong + the Bellarine.

"Boom has been both an amazing neighbour - pivotal in creating the arts culture that now envelopes the precinct - but also has housed my art and backed my career as a photographic artist.

With the combination of creative businesses to flow into the street since their inception, we now have a fully fledged art precinct, and for this I am mightily proud of their 8 wonderful years in Rutland St.

I thank them for choosing us to come hang with." - Cricket Saleh, Photographer + Art Director.

Pictured L to R: Tess Lye, The Brough Family, Sharon Bromley, Ingrid Daniell.

Artwork has a wonderfully subtle way of supporting the recovery and lifting the spirits of patients in our hospitals, and creating a positive environment for staff and visitors. Since Epworth Geelong opened in 2016, Boom Gallery has assisted Epworth HealthCare with sourcing beautiful and colourful abstract works - large and small – from local artists, that are now installed across our hospitals in Melbourne as well as at Epworth Geelong. Kate and Ren have created a welcoming and engaging public art space at Boom, as well as maintaining an excellent website with full stockroom and pricing information available online. This information is very important for a charitable organisation such as Epworth, as we rely heavily on the support of donors to afford artwork and on staff to volunteer time to source artwork. Being able to visit Boom and see available artwork on display in the gallery - much of which is framed and available for immediate purchase and installation - is such an important way of making original, high quality art accessible to the community." - Tess Lye, Company Secretary, Epworth Arts Foundation Limited.

"Our family has been attending Boom Gallery for at least 5 years and during that time we have had the pleasure of seeing this business that supports local artists thrive and grow into the quality gallery that it is today. Our journey with Boom Gallery was really given a kick start when we began the process of re-building our holiday house following the Christmas 2015 bushfires at Wye River. We all discovered the power of healing by selecting pieces of artwork for our holiday house. It is true that we eagerly awaited exhibitions that featured certain artists that facilitated our recovery. In particular, we connected with artworks that featured the Great Ocean Road, the Australian bush and the concept of regeneration. During the rebuild we modified our architectural drawings to accommodate a number of original artworks. Planning the design and layout of the house included having art in all rooms. All of our children were involved along the way and they all now own selected pieces of art for their future houses. We have also found art work to be therapeutic in helping to support and remember lost family members and the value of this cannot be under estimated. Boom Gallery has also facilitated the introduction of some fantastic artwork by a local artist into the new medical imaging facility at University Hospital Geelong. This artwork is certainly getting noticed by many patients, visitors and staff and helps put people in a good place.


The recent addition of the Dowel Jones showroom featuring original Australian designed and produced furniture adds another layer of creativity to Boom. More recently Big Boom has expanded the exhibition space and added new functionality to the site. We have always found the staff at Boom Gallery to be incredibly understanding and accommodating of our needs and always friendly and approachable. We have found the ‘space’ at Boom to be a place of community, of connection, a place to gather, enjoy a coffee and explore the world through the eyes of ‘the artist’. The monthly launch of new exhibits on a Friday evening and more recently on a Saturday afternoon has been a great way to connect with local art and people. The lay-by function has helped support the purchase of artworks that may have otherwise have been out of our reach." - The Brough Family.

"Since Boom Gallery opened 5 years ago, we have enjoyed a productive and positive working relationship. Kate and Ren have always been friendly and approachable. The artists I represent are mainly in a genre of art commonly known as Outsider Art or Art Brut. It's a genre well known and respected in Europe and America but not so much yet in Australia - and not easy to ‘Sell’ to a gallery. The artists I work with have intellectual disabilities and the studio I run Art Gusto, is what’s called a supportive art studio. Boom have exhibited 7 of the artists I’ve represented over the years showing total respect and inclusivity. The artists have always been respected for their art and their ability to create. Ren and Kate have recognised the quality of the art for the sake of art. Since I started Art Gusto 4 years ago, Boom Gallery have encouraged our artists and myself by making us feel welcome every time we visit. We are not the simplest sector to work with; our differences bring another level of complexity to negotiations. Kate, Ren and staff have shown patience and support and always professionalism with any dealings with us. It’s always been very exciting for our artists to exhibit their work here. Just about all the artists have sold work through Boom Gallery and the experience has been a positive one for them and their career as practicing artists. It’s hard enough for mainstream artists to find success and support with their arts practice let alone artists who also are living with disabilities. This is why support from Galleries such as Boom Gallery is vital to the awareness and survival of Outsider art in our community." - Sharon Bromley, Director, Art Gusto.

"Boom Gallery has provided such a unique, exciting contemporary art space for emerging and established artists not only from the Geelong region but Nationally and Internationally. As an artist who is represented by Boom Gallery the support by Ren and Kate has been invaluable. They embrace both emerging and established artists and I feel forever grateful that they hosted my first exhibition in 2014. From my initial exhibition i have continued to show with Boom Gallery every year through solo shows and engaging, dynamic group exhibitions; they continue to help encourage and support my practice grow and evolve. Boom itself has so many exciting facets to the experience when you visit as a customer and an artist ; from the gallery space, the stock room, open plan cafe and the new Big Boom with residency space…and I almost forgot the studio spaces in Factory 21 which housed my studio for a year while in-between spaces.  Boom Gallery feels like you’re in the middle of something very special." - Ingrid Daniell, Artist.

Image: Cricket Saleh.


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