HomeGround: submissions now open

Submissions are now being sought from artists wishing to take part in the HomeGround program (formerly Regional Art Space) at the Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC), Dubbo. This program provides emerging regional artists with the opportunity to exhibit in a high profile exhibition space, to work with a professional curator to extend their practice and to benefit from mentoring sessions on a range of possible areas. 
 
Artists from Regional New South Wales are invited to submit a proposal that outlines their exhibition including ideas, concept or body of work and example images of work to support the proposal. Successful applicants will work closely with the WPCC Curatorial team to realise their exhibition. Applications will be assessed in conjunction with the WPCC Exhibition Policy. HomeGround is limited to emerging artists from NSW only. An emerging artist is usually one in the first five years of their professional practice. A regional artist usually resides in an area with a Regional Arts Development Organisation. The assessment panel will be the final judges of these criteria.
 
Submissions should briefly outline the aim of the exhibition and its proposed scope. It is requested that the exhibition contain at least 20% new work i.e. proposals featuring ONLY completed work or previously exhibited work will be deemed ineligible. The aim of HomeGround is to provide the opportunity for artists to collaborate with a curator to develop their exhibition. Similarly the exhibition should be unique to the space and not contain only previously exhibited work. It is a requirement of entry into this program that you have discussed your proposal with your respective Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO). If you do not have a RADO please indicate this on the application form.
 
You are also welcome to discuss your application with a curator from the WPCC. A list of contacts is provided with the application form. The partnership between the WPCC and Orana Arts sees the provision of opportunities specific to the development of professional practice in the visual arts and culture within the western region. Western Plains Cultural Centre is a benchmark facility incorporating Dubbo Regional Gallery, Dubbo Regional Museum and Community Arts Centre. The WPCC is the largest centre of its kind in regional New South Wales, with large exhibition spaces, retail area, wet & dry studios, darkroom, research library and meeting rooms. The WPCC provides a unique opportunity to engage with contemporary art and ideas, and regional history and culture, both in practice and theory.

Applications close 5pm Friday 19th October 2018. For more information and to apply visit westernplainsculturalcentre.org

Past HomeGround exhibitions have included:

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WHITE WASH

White Wash is an exhibition that explores concepts surrounding the history of the Stolen Generation and its failed role in the attempt to breed out Indigenous heritage through policy based on skin pigmentation. Paris Norton is a Gamilaroi woman who lives in Dubbo with her young family. She sees her photography her way of passing knowledge and stories to younger generations, getting them to challenge and express what it means to be Aboriginal in modern Australia.

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365

Gregory Carosi’s 365 immerses audiences in the visual and temporal compression of 365 days of seasonal shift. The exhibition explores the subtle, elusive influence of the weather on our lives and, more broadly, the ways in which cycles underpin everything we do. Sweeping gestural marks, set in counterpoint to expansive zones of negative space, establish complex and incongruous rhythms that seek to embody the increasing unpredictability of accelerated climate change. Unable to be taken in from any single vantage point, 365 asks audiences to move through the gallery space in order to grapple with, and reflect upon, the elemental forces that shape our everyday experience.

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Painting on canvas is an invention of the 15th century and for artist Georgina Pollard it represents a convergence of architecture and textiles. By removing the stretcher bars, and thereby removing the element of architecture, the paintings emphasise textiles and its relationship to the architecture of the space. Pollard creates her paintings by pouring paint in different directions to create a fabric out of the surface of the walls. The works in this exhibition consider the lines drawn between architecture and textiles, permanence and transience, space and surface, male and female.