Counterparts

Counterparts Opportunity

Rockhampton Art Gallery, is seeking artists (6) to express interest in a 1week research internship with Rockhampton Art Gallery accessing and researching the works of female artists in the Collection. Resulting from the 1week internship artist will create new works to juxtaposed collection holdings contributing to conversations of institutional gender representation, highlighted by Countess Report (2016).  The resolved new works and collection works will be exhibition at Rockhampton Art Gallery in the exhibition Counterparts in 2019

Counterparts is an exhibition that combines voices of regional artists through explorations Rockhampton Art Gallery’s nationally significant collection. Draw on the collection with the lenses of the Countess Report (2016) the regionally practicing artist is exhibited alongside the Collection work creating renewed dialogue, conversation and ideas based around the Collection. In this development and presentation model Counterparts provides the opportunity to curate a section of the exhibition from the Gallery’s extensive collection holdings. Specifically, the project will enable artists to work one-on-one with artworks from Rockhampton Art Gallery Collection employing regional artists and art workers at all stages. Counterparts will enrich participating artists’ knowledge and awareness of Australian art, artists, movements, and periods; in turn further developing their artistic practice through access to and research of Rockhampton Art Gallery Collection. It will develop skills and knowledge based around curatorial work including selection, placement, and interpretation. Counterparts will involve the skills and expertise of recognised artists and arts workers through all stages of development and delivery.

Counterparts places the artist at the centre of the creative and development process and supports their voice reaching the audience. Draw on the collection with the lenses of the Countess Report (2016) the regionally practicing artist is exhibited alongside the Collection work creating renewed dialogue, conversation and ideas based around the Collection. In this development and presentation model Counterparts provides the opportunity to curate a section of the exhibition from the Gallery’s extensive collection holdings. Specifically, the project will enable artists to work one-on-one with artworks from Rockhampton Art Gallery Collection employing regional artists and art workers at all stages.

Counterparts will celebrate the significance of the Rockhampton Art Gallery collection, while at the same time forging its relevance to today’s social, political and community framework. It will do this through the practices of 6 regionally practicing artists on the back of the Countess Report (2016), a benchmarking project and online resource on gender equality in the Australian contemporary art sector . As a collection, historical acquisitions disproportionately represents male artists, Counterparts aims to use Countess Report (2016) as principal research source, from which artists will undertake a 1week research internship with Rockhampton Art Gallery accessing and researching the works of female artists in the Collection. In this new light, female artists will create work juxtaposed to collection holdings contributing to conversations of institutional gender representation, highlighted by Countess Report (2016).

KEY ACTIVITIES
1Week research internships: April 2019 – May 2019
Using the Countess Report (2016) as a principal research source, artists living and working in the Capricornia region will undertake a 1Week research internship with Rockhampton Art Gallery, accessing and researching works by female artists in the Collection. Through 1Week internships artists have the opportunity to extend knowledge of artists and their works, building upon their understanding of artist’s techniques, subject matter, conceptual concerns, and aesthetic compositions, and broader movements and periods within Australian art history.

Exhibition: June 2019 – September 2019
Counterparts at Rockhampton Art Gallery will exhibit works from the Collection coupled with contemporary ‘Counterparts’ (new work) as determined by the regional artists which they reason contributes to conversations of institutional gender representation as highlighted by Countess Report (2016). The exhibition will present these 6-sets of 2-works, physically placing Collection female artists with the female artist of today. The paired works, creative journey and considerations will be communicated via newly create short films taking the form of clean cut video diaries. These films will enable artists and visitors the opportunity to reflect, rethink, and personally rewrite the ideas, stories, and subjects articulated and visible (or not as the case may be) within the Collection relevant to narratives for 2018. This digital content extends beyond solely exhibition presentation and supports sharing through online channels to reach, extend and deepen to exiting, new a growing audiences.

Artist in Conversation series: June 2019 – September 2019
During the 15Week exhibition period Counterparts will present six Artists in Conversations. Through these programs Counterparts will seek to cultivate dialogue, conversation and ideas to institutional gender representation as highlighted by Countess Report (2016) and speak in an open forum to the inspired selection of Collection works and the newly created contemporary responses.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – 4.00pm Wednesday 9 January 2019.
The Artist will be asked to contribute the following:
• Be an Artist in Residence at Rockhampton Art Gallery fro 1week undertaking a research internships between the period of April 2019 – May 2019
• Develop new work that responds to Rockhampton Art Gallery collection inline with the themes and aims of Counterparts
• Participate in the Artist in Conversation series between the period of  June 2019 – September 2019

Eligibility:
• Must be living and working in the Central Queensland region
• Must identify as a female artist
• Must be available to commit to the project requirements and deliverables with the times frames for 2019
• Must submit a completed application on or before 4.00pm Wednesday 9 January 2019

Applications to the opportunity should include:
• Response to the opportunity 1 A4 page only that responds to the above points of ‘The Artist will be asked to contribute the following’
• Relevant resume (maximum of 3 pages)
• Selection of images (10 only) supplied as .jpg files

For an application to be considered, the applicant must comply with the following requirements:
a. All applicable applications to the opportunity are completed in full and submitted
b. The application is lodged by the specified closing date, 4.00pm Wednesday 9 January 2019.
c. Applications to the opportunity must be lodged with Rockhampton Art Gallery either electronically via email or in hard copy format.

Electronic Submissions: (preferred method) Applications submitted electronically must be sent to the following email address by the specified closing date, 4.00pm Wednesday 9 January 2019
Rockhampton Art Gallery
E: gallery@rrc.qld.gov.au
T: 07 4936 8248
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that any documents or information sent electronically are in an accessible format (such as PDF, Excel or Word).

Hard Copy Submissions:
Alternatively submissions may be printed and lodged in hard copy format by 4.00pm Wednesday 9 January 2019. Please note that the opportunity responce must be in a sealed envelope and be clearly marked. Rockhampton Art Gallery accepts no responsibility for documents that are lost in the post or misplaced in transit. Please mail to: PO Box 1860, Rockhampton Q 4700

For Any Questions Contact:
Bianca Acimovic
Gallery Director
Rockhampton Art Gallery
E: Bianca.acimovic@rrc.qld.gov.au
T: 07 4936 8248

This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance.

 

Image Credit:

Rockhampton Art Gallery

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