Artist in Residence callout

Published Friday, 16th June 2017

Artwork by current Artist in Resident: Loribelle Spirovski
Artwork by current Artist in Resident: Loribelle Spirovski

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery is inviting artists from across Australia and internationally to submit expressions of interest for its 2017 Artist in Residence (AiR) program.

The program provides a total of $5,000 towards artist fees and a further $1,000 towards materials, a three month exhibition in the Stein Gallery, as well as a dedicated studio from which to work.

The residency is open to artists from across Australia and internationally, with preference given to artists living and working in Western Sydney.

Mayor of Fairfield City, Frank Carbone, is committed to strengthening the cultural and creative life of the local area and says this is a wonderful opportunity for artists in Fairfield.

“The Artist in Residence program is a great stepping stone for artists. It provides an opportunity for them to learn, refine their skills and build their careers.

“It is also great for Fairfield City, fostering the growth of arts and culture in our area and providing beautiful, insightful exhibitions for our community to enjoy,” Mayor Carbone said.

Artists who practice in a range of genres including but not limited to visual arts, sculpture and installation screen, mixed media work and photography are encouraged to apply.

Current artist in resident, Loribelle Spirovski, has emerged as a talented artist who has gained momentum in the contemporary art world since becoming the Museum and Gallery’s Artist in Residence in 2016.

“This is a truly unique artistic opportunity that is artistically rewarding and is, notably, a paid residency which is invaluable for an artist at any level of development,” said Loribelle Spirovski.

“It gives you the space and facilities to really bring your artistic vision into reality, whilst giving you the chance to engage with a vibrant and diverse community.

“I have interacted with so many wonderful individuals and have been given the opportunity to share their stories through a visual medium.

“It's been such a joy to see people participate and come together in an artistic endeavour - it's really made me feel both the strong sense of community and cultural identity of Fairfield City.

“Overall, it's been a wonderful challenge and has enabled me to grow as a practicing artist,” said Loribelle Spirovski.

The residency will be available for 12 weeks between the months of September 2017 to February 2018, culminating in an exhibition shown in the Stein Gallery for three months in 2018.

Artists should consider proposals for work based on Fairfield City’s Indigenous and multiculturally diverse identities – past present and future, as well as the Museum and Gallery’s unique social history collection and site.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply, artists should submit a copy of their CV and a brief proposal of their intended work by COB Friday 14 July 2017 to the Museum Coordinator and Education Officer via email museumgallery@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au or post to PO Box 2464, Smithfield NSW 2164.

For further information, contact the Museum Coordinator and Education Officer on 9725 0190 or visit www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/AiRFCMG.

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery is located at 634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield.

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