Art at the Heart 2017 | Newman
The three artists previously involved in ‘Art at the Heart’, the Shire of East Pilbara’s four-year artist-in-residency program, are returning in 2017 for an exhibition with three times the creativity, output and excitement.
The three very individual artists will arrive in Newman in September 2017 to begin a short residency, culminating in a group exhibition of new works, inspired by the East Pilbara environment, plus selected works from their earlier residency.
Their residency year and themes:
2014: Hannah Quinlivan – ‘Landscape’
2015: Yasuaki Onishi – ‘Aquatic Environments’
2016: Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (Akirash) – ‘Light’
Damian Smith, a curator with over 20 years’ experience in the contemporary art field, has been appointed for the final year’s program. Damian visited Newman in May 2017 to explore the area and venue as part of the preparation for his role. He is currently working closely with the artists to develop their ideas and distil their proposals and materials into a cogent and wonderful exhibition plan.
The exhibition opens at the superb East Pilbara Art Centre in Newman on Friday 22 September for a two week period.
The Art at the Heart has been perhaps the richest artist residency program in Australia, with $15,000 awarded to each year’s selected artists, along with up to $40,000 available to them to produce a body of new work. The incentive attracted world-class artists, evidenced by the three past exhibitions and the planned Art at the Heart 2017 exhibition, which is shaping up to reflect quite magnificently the talent and standard of the three artists.
The impact of such a commitment to arts and culture by the Shire is far more lasting than any one short residency. Artists from outside the region and indeed the country bring with them fresh perspectives and new artistic practices. The opportunity for local artists and arts organisations to engage with these artists does not only inspire them it also strengthens their capacity for their own practices.
The Shire of East Pilbara invites anyone interested in finding out more about the exhibition to contact the Coordinator Arts and Cultural Development. See background material on the exhibition, curator and the artists here.