Selling art at the softer edge

Sydney Morning Herald
8 May 1995
Bruce James

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Brenda May is big on personality. The gamine-faced owner-director of Redfern's Access Contemporary Art Gallery has the megawatt presence one associates with talk-show television. Plus the verbal drive.

All of which skills the thirtysomething rag-trade alumna needs at the moment. As bright, as sharp, as she is, May is just a bit dispirited. After a decade in the business, a period that witnessed her progression from part-time toe-dipping to full-scale commercial commitment, including the construction of two impressive purpose-built exhibition venues, she is yet to be acknowledged by the curatorial and collecting elite.