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.
Blacktown Arts Centre
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
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.
The story so far:
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.
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).
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.