The aim of LFP2 is to build the skills and confidence of local Aboriginal artists, providing them access to professional Aboriginal artists who work in a contemporary way. It’s challenging the stereotypes of Aboriginal artists and giving them the freedom to express their individuality in new mediums and different concepts.

 

Site

Orana Region
Blacktown Arts Centre
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Dates

2015–18

ARTISTS

Aleshia Lonsdale | Alex Nixon
Dylan Goolagong | Robert Salt
Paris Norton | Jason Russell

 

LFP2 was an intensive 18-month program for artists, working individually and as a collective, to explore and challenge their artistic practice. The artists were supported by leading Aboriginal contemporary artists: Jason Wing, Blak Douglas, Nicole and Chico Monks and Jonathan Jones – and co-curators Khaled Sabsabi from Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Emily McDaniel. 

Our artists found the exchange both challenging and rewarding through the shared process of creating and developing work for the final exhibition, Wala-gaay. The process of developing new work and showcasing a growing creative and professional capacity continues, with a new exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. 

 
LFP2 Wala-gaay exhibition at the Fire Station Arts Centre in Dubbo

LFP2 Wala-gaay exhibition at the Fire Station Arts Centre in Dubbo

 

The story so far:

 

1.

Wala-gaay in the Wiradjuri language refers to the bare part of the tree where bark has been stripped off. Walk-gaay was an evolution of trust, conversations, unique stories and experiences that evolved into the creation of new contemporary works that provoked and challenged the notion of contemporary art, Aboriginal art and art produced by regional artists in regional settings. Wala-gaay's audience response was beyond expectations, with positively glowing reviews from the local audience and leading arts magazines, from major institutions and fellow artists. You can view the exhibition catalogue here.

While there were moments where the viewer could see the influence of a mentor, there was more a sense of artists entering a field of practice rather than imitation, and the diversity of the work was a testament to the benefits of structured support and creative dialogue. It was exciting to see a local event that so clearly stood out in an abundant program of interesting work from around the nation.
— Liz Bradshaw, 'Reimagining Regional', looking at Wala-gaay as part of Real Time Arts coverage of ARTLANDS 2016
 

2.

LFP2 emerging artists have pursued solo shows and other group exhibitions. In 2017 Paris Norton exhibited at First Draft in Sydney as part of walan yinaagirbang | strong women and Aleshia Lonsdale has had exhibitions at Artisan on Lewis in Mudgee and the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo (as part of HomeGround). 

 

3.

Faith
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre | 30 Sep 2017 - 19 Nov 2017

Coordinated by Orana Arts and in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Faith presents newly commissioned works by participating artists from the Left Field Project – a long-term community and cultural engagement initiative that has supported the professional development of emerging contemporary Aboriginal artists from the Dubbo region. Throughout this process, these artists have been mentored by established artists and curators including Karla Dickens, Blak Douglas, Jason Wing, R E A, Jonathon Jones, Nicole Monks, Chico Monks,  Emily McDaniel and Khaled Sabsabi in order to gain confidence and trust in their practice. Since the establishment of the Left Field Project three years ago, this exhibition will be the first time for some of these artists to produce works independent of and beside their mentors as equals for a group exhibition.

Detail from Paris Norton's Her, part of the upcoming LFP Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre exhibition

Detail from Paris Norton's Her, part of the upcoming LFP Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre exhibition

 
The Left Field Project 2 is a visionary, essential, critical, holistic, long-term and ongoing mentorship program, which has significantly increased the quality and professionalism of contemporary artists in regional Australia... I wish that I had received such a valuable boost to my career as an emerging artist that LFP2 has provided.
— Jason Wing, mentor artist