6 November 2023

New opportunities available to local artists at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Local artist Elaine Camlin

Elaine Camlin is partaking in Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s Regional Artist Development Program and showcasing her work Hand. Held. Hold at the E3 Art Space. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Riverina artists are invited to apply to become artists in residence or exhibit their work at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in 2024.

Applications for next year’s Regional Artist Development (RAD) program will close on Wednesday, 8 November.

The gallery welcomes applications from First Nations artists and early career artists.

The RAD program offers four-month residences, which provide mentored exhibition and residency opportunities for local artists to take their creative practice and professional profile to a new level.

The program allows artists to explore themes and stories relevant to the local community, and it also includes a spacious studio (E3 Art Space) at the gallery and support from the staff.

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“We have developed the RAD program to support artists and the creative community of the Riverina to succeed in reaching new audiences,” said Wagga Art Gallery director Dr Lee-Anne Hall.

“The residencies are a great opportunity for local and regional artists to develop their arts practice, connect with the community while they develop new work, and receive support from gallery staff.

“When the creative community is vibrant and flourishing, the whole community benefits; we see our experiences and connection to place reflected in the art.

The gallery is set to partner with Earth Canvas again in 2024 and offer an artist a residency on a regenerative farm, followed by a studio residency.

“The collaboration with Earth Canvas offers the opportunity for an interested artist to extend their engagement with themes of healthy landscapes, soil, food and a healthy planet,” Dr Hall said.

Current artist in residency Elaine Camlin said the program had provided her “much-needed headspace” to develop her identity as a practising artist through her new body of work Hand. Held. Hold.

“It has been great to redefine myself as an artist in this dedicated studio space,” Elaine said.

“I want to engage in my practice critically and reflect on within the context of the gallery, other exhibitions and the people coming through.”

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The Wagga-raised artist studied printmaking at ANU School of Art and moved back home 12 years ago.

“I’m interested in facilitating programs within the community, and a lot of my practice has been based around teaching, mentoring and running art therapy,” said Eliane.

“After opening Uniqaue State Art Space, I’ve had to press pause on my creative practice.

“This (RAD) opportunity allows me to reflect on 12 years of work and see it all together.”

Applications for the 2024 RAD Program closed on Wednesday, 8 November at 4 pm. Visit the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery website to apply.

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