at the beginning of 2009, 4 artists from my masters class answered a call for artists to make ephemeral work in a carpark space in collingwood.
at the end of the meeting it was proposed that, rather than install yet more artwork, the organisation (collingwood neighbourhood house) install artists on site, to be there and do what we do. based on a canadian hospital residency program, the idea was that artists on site, engaging directly with the community and making a variety of works is far more beneficial than a slightly disembodied work. it was also an opportunity to have a series of artists working with each other, supporting projects and populating the (previously scary, unsafe) space.
2 years’ on, many prototypes and significant funding applications later, the program has recently started, with its first round of artists on site.
roarawar feartata collective are in the space at the moment, and doing an great job of breaching and infiltrating the spaces of the estate in magical and interesting ways. they’re getting to really know the nature of the estate.
we had harvest festival on the weekend and although it was rained out, i had the chance to dress up and play character for some Q&A style surveying about art.
we’ve got a blog that is in its early stages, but i’ll link to it a fair bit over the next 12 months. i’ll be in residence during september/october/november doing my sound/listening/acoustic works – watch this space.