The Viking sewing gallery in Canberra is in lockdown after a heated argument with the owners.
Key points:The owner of the gallery, a Viking-inspired design company, had previously complained about the size of the sewing machinesThe owners of the Valkyries are adamant they want the art to remain open to the publicThe gallery was previously a popular tourist destination in the areaThe gallery has been locked down after a “misunderstanding” with its owner.
The Viking Sewings Gallery was closed to the general public last week, as the owner, an Australian-inspired business called Valkyria Designs, made a series of complaints about the machines.
“The Valkyrians have been given a big slap in the face and I think they’re really upset about it,” Mr Valkyrian said.
“They’ve been trying to get the gallery reopened and I’m pretty sure it’s only a matter of time before they’ve got the whole gallery locked down.”
He said the owners of Valkyrie were adamant they wanted the gallery to remain closed, and that the owners had not been offered an opportunity to work with them.
“It’s all the same thing,” Mr Venkyrian said, adding that the Vyrians have no intention of closing the gallery.
Mr Venkyrians family owns several Viking-themed designs, including the famous Viking vest, which was worn by King Athelstan I of Denmark and his successors.”
They haven’t even been given an opportunity.”
Mr Venkyrians family owns several Viking-themed designs, including the famous Viking vest, which was worn by King Athelstan I of Denmark and his successors.
Mr Venkerrian said the Vydras have been trying for years to have the gallery opened up to the wider community.
“I’ve been in a situation where we’ve been having this discussion, and we’re both very passionate about the art,” he said.’
We’re in this for the long haul’Mr Venkatrian said he and his family were in “total denial” about the closure.
“What happened yesterday was a misunderstanding and we’ve had that for a very long time,” he told the ABC.
“When the doors were locked, I thought, ‘Well, they might have locked them for a while, but the owner of that company has to deal with that’.”
That’s the thing that I think is really hard for people to accept, because we’re in a very competitive industry.”‘
We have to do something’The owners have been pushing for the gallery’s closure since 2013, when they launched an online petition calling on the government to reopen the gallery and create a public space for the Vyrlings to exhibit their work.”
So we’re now looking at this as a kind of public space that’s not necessarily a place for a gallery,” Mr Veyns told the Canberra Times.”
But the owners say they’ve been really open about it, and they’ve asked the minister for tourism to reopen it and they said they’re open to whatever the government might offer.
“And it’s the owners who’ve been the driving force behind the petition and have been the ones saying, ‘If you reopen the shop and reopen it to the world, it will be a public place that’s open to everyone’.”
Mr Veyn told the paper that he and Mr Venkatrians son were still “in complete denial” that the gallery was closing.
“There’s been a lot of people on social media that have been very critical of us, saying we’re not doing our job and we have to shut down,” he added.
“Obviously we’re going to try to get through this, but it’s just a matter now of making the best of it and making the long run.”
Mr Veyne said the closure was not only “an absolute disgrace”, but also “a huge opportunity”.
“This is the future of our industry.
It’s a lot more exciting than we thought, so hopefully we’ll be able to put our foot down in the future,” he concluded.”
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But we have this opportunity now, and it’s a really, really good thing.”
Topics:art-history,art-gallery,architecture,arts-and-entertainment,cultural-cultural-movement,canberra-2600,actFirst posted March 09, 2020 11:20:15Contact Karen LeeMore stories from New South Wales