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 2018, Eugene Choi, Cybele Cox, Heath Franco, Matthew Griffin, David Griggs, Elizabeth Pulie and Snack Syndicate were recipients of the studios.
Eugene Choi is a performance-based artist whose practice has evolved around the physicality of constructing internal and external structures working across sculpture, performance, installation, video and text.
Using hand-built ceramic totems and figures, painting, drawing and most recently costume, Cybele Cox's practice explores ancient feminine symbols and occult mysticism as art of a larger enquiry into representations of women in the western art canon.
Heath Franco’s practice largely takes the form of video, although his process of production and exhibition is also concerned with photography, performance, costume, sound, digital media and installation. His works in turn attract and repulse through a mix of curious aesthetic, catchy jingles and absurd, at times grotesque, performances.
Matthew Griffin engages a wide range of media including sculpture, photography, video, installation and collage. Recurring themes in his works include: the body as an object in relation to other objects; the makeshift and impermanent as sculptural qualities; the contemporary ubiquity of cameras and the resulting difficulty of producing meaningful images in the post-internet age.
Famous for his bold, anarchistic approach, David Griggs’s unique blend of portraiture, political imagery and vernacular motifs explore the darker side of the human condition. Griggs has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and Southeast Asia, most recently a major survey exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre that will tour nationally throughout 2018/19
Elizabeth Pulie’s practice is a response to her research into contemporary art’s ontology and a sense of the feminine as a potentially critical concern. Her work encompasses material forms such as painting, weaving, political banners, collage and embroidery.
Snack Syndicate (Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks) is a critical art collective that produces installations, video and sound work, texts and talks. They have exhibited/presented at Artspace, the MCA, the TarraWarra Biennial, the Biennale of Sydney, Liquid Architecture, Alaska Projects and the NOW now.