Arts: In the frame

Opened in 1987 by Lynn Pearce, That Framing Place is a business designed for artists. Lynn, an artist herself for well over a decade, has made it her business philosophy to approach each project individually and to tailor the final product to the needs of the client. As Art Month approaches, we chat to Lynn about her work and the art world…

What do you think is important about Art Month?
The thing I appreciate about LOST is that it gets locals more broadly exposed to local artists ‘at the coalface’ of their craft amongst the workings of a studio space. From my experience, it gives the viewer a personal experience of the behind-the-scenes workings.

What will you be doing specifically for Art Month?
I will be featuring a body of work I started seven years ago exclusively on Balmain landmarks in black and white entitled The Village on the Harbour.
As a small business owner on Darling Street and local resident for more than 25 years, it is evident to me that Balmain locals are fiercely loyal to shopkeepers in their village. It’s definitely why I’m still here! That said, I have also witnessed many small shops disappear from our streetscape never to be seen again and I felt compelled to photograph them before they were forgotten.

What made you want to get involved in the art world?
My business links me directly to the art world through exhibiting artists. While I had collaborated with many artists over the years, my own work was hidden until 2001. Then I was invited by a friend and artist to submit work to a show she was sharing with other up-and-coming artists, although it took another six years of exhibiting consistently to identify myself as an “artist.”

As a framer, what is it like to collaborate with artists on different works and styles?
I love the process of framing works of art, particularly for exhibiting artists. As an artist myself, I am very familiar with the gruelling process it takes to even get to the framer.  I find that my clients require empathy, creativity and practicality all rolled into one, as well as remaining within a budget.

As a photographer, how do you see LOST as a platform for artists today?
I think LOST has become increasingly a necessity for artists and photographers alike. About 10 to 12 years ago, I found that there were many artists exhibiting consistently new works and with good patronage but now many are just being let go from established gallery spaces. LOST enables our solitary creators to not only be found again, but to be identified as clearly changing and developing artists.

That Framing Place: 216 Darling St, Balmain. For more information visit

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