Arcade - Photography by Adrienne Martyn 2019
"Rain-showers annoy me, so I gave one the slip in an arcade." - Eduard Devrient, Briefe aus Paris. (Berlin 1840), p. 34.
The Arcade originated in Paris at the beginning of the nineteenth century mainly to protect shoppers from the weather. Frequenting arcades became an experience in its own right where people promenaded within the skylit interiors. Taking inspiration from the Parisian Arcades, Invercargill’s first Arcade was built in 1863 and named Lowther Arcade. It was fully extended between Tay and Esk Streets in 1905 where is was renamed Royal Arcade. This structure was rebuilt in the art deco style in 1934, after a fire, and named Cambridge Place Arcade. The entire internal structure of Cambridge Place Arcade, excluding the Esk Street facade, was demolished in 2020.
Since 2017 I have photographed several heritage buildings in In’gill including Anderson Park Art Gallery, Southland Museum and Art Gallery, The Southland Times, Bluff’s Club Hotel and Cambridge Place Arcade. These sites appealed to me primarily for their aesthetic and heritage strengths.
I photographed the shop fronts of the Arcade during 2019 photographing their various states of vacancy and emptiness. The body of work I wish to present at SIT Raw Gallery comprises fifteen images each titled with their original shop number. I plan to create large prints about A1 size.
5 January 2021
Adrienne Martyn photographed the Cambridge Arcade in 2019 in their various states of emptiness and vacancy. The entire internal structure of the Cambridge Place Arcade, excluding the Esk Street facade, was demolished in 2020. Fifteen images of the Arcade will be exhibited in the SIT Raw Gallery.
Opening Friday 26th February, 5.30pm, and running until Friday 19th March. Contact email@example.com to register your interest.