Cube a little 'gallery' with big message

Dev Lengjel, curator of the shire’s smallest gallery, with Suvira McDonald’s ‘Laying in Wait.’
Dev Lengjel, curator of the shire’s smallest gallery, with Suvira McDonald’s ‘Laying in Wait.’

If Dev Lengjel has his way, Byron Shire will one day bloom with public art in all kinds of public spaces, as for example, in present-day Holland.

But for now it is shire residents stepping in to the foyer of Byron Council Chambers in Mullumbimby to lodge a DA or pay the rates who are in for a pleasant surprise, with the opportunity to view the work of a local sculptor in what is being touted as the smallest gallery in the shire, and in Australia.

“And maybe in the world,” added Dev. “I haven't seen anything smaller than this, and I've been around.”

Last week the Cube, an art space measuring just 72cm x 80cm x 80cm, had its unofficial opening with the installation of a work by Suvira McDonald.

The idea for the Cube began with local artist and arts administrator Victoria Edgar, who saw the same thing overseas and thought it would be a great idea for the council to install, both as a way of enhancing public spaces through wonderful pieces of art and as a way of providing opportunities for many artists to exhibit without cost.

When she needed to leave town, Dev was the obvious choice to approach to take over - he is an art curator specialising in sculpture, with many years experience at Thursday Plantation, Artscape, Casuarina Sculpture Walk and Swell Currumbin under his belt.

The installation of Suvira McDonald's Laying in Wait, “a whimsical piece relating to the pending years of an elder artist and the nest egg of art works”, signals the beginning of Dev's vision of a monthly changeover of local 3D art at the Cube.

“I would like to see great change in each piece,” he explained. “Diversity happening in the Cube, always very different shapes and forms, and the regular turnover to keep it fresh.

“This is one of the few pieces of public art in the shire.”

Sculptors interested in exhibiting are invited to get in touch with Dev on 0411 142 665 or at

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