A new contemporary art project space has opened in Hawke's Bay with a debut exhibition featuring two celebrated New Zealand artists - Ans Westra and Wayne Youle.

Located in Hastings' first water and electrical power supply factory, Parlour will present a rotating selection of local and international contemporary art. Popular cafe Opera Kitchen have also relocated to the newly renovated 1912 building.

Director of the space, Sophie Wallace, says she would like Parlour to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

"My goal is to serve the region I grew up in and love by presenting the very best contemporary art through an ambitious exhibition programme."

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Sophie, who holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History and Film & Media, has international experience working in the global Marketing and Communications Department at Pace Gallery, New York. She is contracting to the Auckland Art Fair, which will take place this May.

A public opening for the inaugural exhibition will be held on Friday from 6 to 8pm. Presented in conjunction with the renowned {Suite} gallery in Wellington, the exhibition will feature a series of "collaboration pieces" by Ans Westra and Wayne Youle.

Titled The Best Stories Ever Told (revisited), the exhibition will continue through Saturday, May 14.

- For more please visit www.parlourprojects.com
- The public are invited to attend Parlour's opening exhibition on Friday from 6pm-8pm.