Artist envisions future face of Fairfield City

Published Wednesday, 5th September 2018

Fairfield City Museum & Gallery's 2019 Artist in Residence, Tracey Clement envisions future face of Fairfield City through art.

Artist Tracey Clement has been appointed as the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery’s 2019 Artist in Residence.

The program provides $5,000 towards artist fees and a further $1,000 towards materials, a three month exhibition at the Museum & Gallery, plus a dedicated studio from which to work for 12 weeks from March to June 2019. 
 
Tracey has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, including in New Zealand and the United States and is the online editor for Art Guide Australia magazine.  
 
She also recently won the 2018 Blake Prize Established Artist Residency and a two-month long residency at Paris’s Cite Internationale des Arts from the Art Gallery NSW. 
 
Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said Council was pleased to choose such a high calibre artist for its Artist in Residence program. 
 
“Our Artist in Residence Program strengthens and nurtures the cultural and creative life of Fairfield City,” Mayor Carbone said.  
 
“The program gives the artist a chance to engage with our vibrant and diverse community, providing inspiration for their artistic practice and guiding their work,” Mayor Carbone said. 
 
“I look forward to seeing Tracey’s Fairfield City inspired works on exhibition at the Museum and Gallery next year.” 
 
Tracey said her exhibition will engage the audience in a dialogue about our cities and the impact we have on the environment and what might our City of the future look like. 
 
“I am both thrilled and honoured to have been selected for the residency at the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery,” Tracey said. 
 
“I love the fact that the residency culminates in a solo show at the gallery and I cannot wait to work with the local community on the project.  
 
“The best part of being an artist, especially a sculptor, is turning an idea, the most intangible thing, into a something that exists in real space.  
 
“Through art you can communicate difficult and slippery ideas in a way that can reach multiple audiences, without language. Art can say what can only be felt.”