ARTSPACE ONE YEAR STUDIOS
The relaunch of the Artspace studio program as free, bolstered by curatorial advocacy, acknowledges the necessity for a studio program in Sydney that offers space for artists to create new work and involvement in a program that leverages crucial professional development opportunities. It lays the foundations for a more dynamic relationship between artists and Artspace programs and networks.
Each year an Artspace panel will select seven artists to benefit from the following organisational resources: substantial studio space to undertake ambitious projects; engaged feedback and dialogue from a dedicated Artspace Program Curator; introductions to networks through the Artspace Visiting Curators program launching in March 2015 with UNSW Art & Design; opportunities to meet audiences through participation in public programs and open studios; commissioning of original online content such as interviews and artist profiles; connections to our community of peers, collaborators and supporters – locally, nationally and internationally. Artspace is also pleased to announce a further partnership with UNSW Art & Design to provide our resident studio artists with access to their state of the art Paddington campus facilities.
In 2015, Khadim Ali, Nick Dorey, Claire Milledge, Mikala Dwyer, Kelly Doley along with Tim Silver and Hany Armanious, the Australian representative for the 54th Venice Biennale, were recipients of the studios.
Agatha Gothe-Snape’s wide-ranging practice involves performance, ephemeral materials and subtle alterations to space. Her background in performance studies and acting provide the artist with the improvisational impulse which drives her practice.
Bianca Hester’s research explores place as the convergence of multiple narratives, employing an expanded sculptural practice to explore how material, social, ideological and historic forces intersect.
Williams’ performance installations celebrate the avant-garde dream of the ‘total artwork’, while deconstructing it with the female body — domesticating and situating it in the reality and absurdity of now.
Karen Black is a painter who explores social and individual narratives that blend the historical with the mythical, traversing the complex interchange between the personal and the political.
Keg de Souza is an Australian artist working between the disciplines of architecture, food, film, mapping and dialogical projects to explore the politics of space, influenced by her formal training in architecture and experiences of radical spaces through squatting and organising.
Mason Kimber uses painting, collage, fresco and wall-based installation to address an ambiguity between the abstracted space of painting and the real or experienced architecture of the surrounding exhibition space.
In 2015, Polo was announced as the recipient of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and additionally awarded the Parramatta City Council Creative Fellowship. He won the 2014 Redlands Konica Minolta Emerging Art Prize and the Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award in 2011.