Regional Arts Network launches state-driven residency and touring project
Regional Arts WA is proud to see a major milestone for its Regional Arts Network initiative through the development of a new Residency and Touring Project, Ebb+Flow.
Ebb+Flow will see ten artists from across each of the WA regions undertake a four-week residency with North Midlands Project in Carnamah (Mid West) to deliver community workshops and a solo exhibition.
Martine Perret takes to the skies to photograph the Ebb+Flow of the North Midlands community. Photo courtesy Martine Peret and North Midlands Project.
Regional Arts WA CEO Paul MacPhail is excited to see the Network drive such a large-scale program that spans over a three year framework.
“The Regional Arts Network has given organisations from all corners of the State the ability to work together to strengthen the regional arts sector. This particular collaborative project will result in over 130 activities activating the arts and culture of regional communities. We can’t wait to see the culmination of these activities driven by our Regional Arts Network, whose role is to connect, collaborate and share information through mechanisms such the Network Residency and Touring Project.”
Residency artists will explore the theme of Ebb+Flow with the community, including how periods of decline and growth, drought and rain, hardship and prosperity are all factors that ebb and flow in the regions.
Artists involved in the project include multi-artform artist Lynda Howitt from the Mid West region, writer Sarah-Jayne Eeles from the Goldfields and photographer Martine Perret from the South West.
Ebb+Flow artist Martine Perret says her residency has been a rewarding experience.
“In the wake of the global pandemic and recent environmental disasters across WA, the theme of ebb and flow is more relevant now than it ever has been. It is an honour to be part of this State-wide program and to connect with the North Midlands community during this time.”
The Ebb+Flow project has been made possible by a grant awarded to North Midlands Project by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
With support from Minderoo Foundation through the Regional Arts Network initiative, the Network will support skills development and travel expenses for artists throughout the project.
For more information on the Regional Arts Network visit regionalartswa.org.au/programs/regional-arts-network/
For more information on Ebb+Flow visit northmidlands.org.au/ebbflow