One of the most unlikely areas to find international art galleries might be an industrial estate. But, why not? Industrial estates are full of a mixture of businesses often including other creative organisations, in joinery, metalwork or marble, or kitchen interiors or pehaps web-design, and can provide large high-volume inexpensive spaces, difficult to find or afford in city centres.
Poligono Industrial La Ermita is a thriving and vibrant industrial area on the eastern edge of Marbella, with a multitude of businesses crammed tightly together along narrow streets with car parking at a premium and double-parking being almost normal. In among this bustling industrial area art galleries and design studios have started to appear.
At the end of a cul de sac, a more refined exterior than its neighbours hints at something different. Here is Yusto-Giner, a gallery opened in 2012 by husband and wife Juan Pablo Yusto and Garciela Giner to showcase the work of talented new artists with a rolling programmes of exhibitions and displays..
The current exhition is ‘Eskorte’, the first solo exhibition in Spain of the German painter Rosa Loy, one of the few female members of the New Leipzig School, a movement in contemporary German art that developed after reunification.
Not only does the industrial space provides large high volume spaces for art, but it is also apparently one of the few spaces in Marbella able to show video art productions.
Round the corner is the Poligono Gallery, for which the owners wished to emulate the environment of the 798 Factory in Beijing (an abandoned factory transformed into an area of art studios, galleries and cafes) with a gallery focussing on Asian and Chinese contemporary art,
Nearby is a sculpture workshop and display space for Nimrod who executes sculpures in iron, using traditional forging techniques to create unique textures, shapes and effects. ”These methods permit him to take this brutal metal and transform it into something beautiful, gentle, curvaceous… even soft.”
An unlikely location perhaps, but new arts districts grow up in many different locations where good spaces can be found at affordable rents. In 10 years time, will more galleries have established themselves here to create a creative and artistic quarter in Marbella?