Crowdfunding campaign launched for international art project coming out of Orana Region

Dubbo-based artist and producer, Kim V. Goldsmith has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support an international art project that will take her to Iceland for two months later this year.

The outcome of which will be a large-scale, immersive, digital media artwork to be exhibited in Dubbo later this year.

For the past year, Ms Goldsmith has been working on a project called Eye of the Corvus: Messengers of Truth, looking at the landscape from the perspective of birds, in particular, corvids – ravens and crows, endemic to both Australia and Iceland.

The $5,000 she hopes to raise through the Australian Cultural Fund campaign will be used to support her time spent working across rural and remote NSW and northern Iceland, shooting video with drones, virtual reality and action cameras, and field recordings – time she’s dedicating to the project away from home and her business.
 
As she explains, corvids are highly intelligent birds that as a species reveal some of the complexities involved in surviving in a rapidly changing world.

“Why is a species so resilient in one part of the world, and not another? This is one of the key questions I’m seeking to investigate through this project.

“In Australia, corvids are thriving and adapting; in Iceland, they’re a threatened species,” she adds. “How these birds see the world – a view we’re unfamiliar with – may shed light on our future, or at the very least spark a conversation about it.”

As part of her project research, Ms Goldsmith has been corresponding with avian experts in Australia and the United Kingdom, who have directed her reading and responded to questions about bird sensory ecology and behaviour.

“I’m using this scientific understanding of the birds to inform how I record video and sound for what will become an immersive experience of moving pictures and motion-sensored audio, taking you into the landscape from inside the eye of the bird.”

The crowdfunding campaign runs until the end of March. More information can be found at www.eyeofthecorvus.art or www.australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/eye-of-the-corvus/.

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Join our team!

POSITION AVAILABLE: ABORIGINAL ARTS PROJECT CURATOR

Are you passionate about Indigenous arts? Do you want to contribute to and support regional creative communities? Orana Arts is seeking applications for a part-time (21 hours a week) Aboriginal Arts Project Curator to assist the Orana Arts team in delivering and developing exhibitions under the OA Aboriginal arts programs across the Orana region.

Position Description
You will be assisting with wide-ranging curatorial activities including contributing to ATSIA programs plans and strategies; community liaison and consultation; project support and development; managing creative performances and exhibitions; communications and marketing; and facilitating workshops across various locations. This role will also be supported by the Western Plains Cultural Centre, which provides the AAPC an opportunity to work with the WPCC curatorial team.

The AAPC will work with the Project Manager to curate a culturally appropriate exhibition utilising a cross-disciplinary approach — in keeping with the innovative approach of the CETA program. Through this process the curator will gain experience in planning an exhibition; sourcing content; approaching and working with artists; liaising with community; working with the Project Manager and the Communications Manager to execute and promote the exhibition. 

The Aboriginal Arts Project Curator will be required to:
assist in the development of partnerships, opportunities, programs and projects with creatives, organisations and community groups to enhance creative skills, practice and knowledge
— oversee the OA exhibition space at the WPCC
— support the development of artists database
— assist in ATSIA programs communications
— curate Aboriginal Arts exhibition 

Skills and Experience
The successful candidate will:
— be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage
— have a keen interest in regional Aboriginal Arts and culture
— have a demonstrated capacity to contribute to the development and implementation of an Aboriginal Arts and Culture projects and team
— hold an Employee Working with Children Check (mandatory)
— be prepared to undertake an Australian Criminal History Check (mandatory)
— hold a current NSW Driver’s Licence (mandatory) and be willing to travel
— be motivated and reliable

Please submit your application, including a cover letter and resumé, by 5pm, Friday 1 February 2019. To speak with someone about this exciting opportunity, please contact:

Alicia Leggett
Executive Director
0429 945 811
rado@oranaarts.com

Please note: you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident to apply for this position. This role as been funded by Create NSW from the Creative Koori initiative and is a six month contract position.

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At the Exhibition: Dhuuluu – Yala (talk straight)

The Orana Arts team attended the opening of Aleshia Lonsdale’s 2016 HomeGround exhibition at the Western Plains Cultural Centre and Paris Norton shares her response:

A softly spoken woman – family in tow – stands outside the doors of the gallery at the Western Plains Cultural Centre.  Adjusting her glasses, she stands there quietly, avoiding the fuss and attention of the crowd that grows in anticipation of the new HomeGround exhibition. Many don’t know, but she is the main event, the mastermind behind an incredible collection. She is Aleshia Lonsdale.

As you enter the gallery space you approach a wall with a quote just slightly above eye level. Immediately you feel dominated. It’s a quote about the removal of children with comparison to the stolen generation. We learn from this that we are battling in today’s society a far bigger problem than we might assume. Taken aback by the quote you move along a narrow walk way. The wall blocks sight of the other artworks making you feel like one of many sardines in the can as you squeeze your way through the crowd. Behind opens up a rabbit warren of walls and artworks. Where do I look first? You can’t help but see that this style of entrance was curated to set the emotion and complexity of the topic.

The artworks speak of complex conditions and realities of Aboriginal communities and the forced removal of children from their families. Works that hit you in the places that make your belly turn as you think of your own child and the life you so desperately fight for them to have. It makes you hold them that little bit tighter and watch as they are fascinated by the red and yellow petals that flow against the wall and onto to the ground. My son is taken simply by the pretty colours, completely unaware that his imagination plays with representations of fallen children.

A clothesline of baby clothes displays the inner pain and thoughts of those affected by this system hang beside you, protest signs in sand line walls, the tears that the deaf hears do not seem to hear fall from the celling.

The bravery of Aleshia’s voice is astounding. Her works are done so simply and so well yet her voice speaks for thousands of stories and most importantly her own. She talks straight to you. No fuss. I feel extremely privileged to have my name alongside this artist in the Orana Arts Left Field Project and I can’t help but feel a little giddy as I wander around the works, completing my fourth loop before I give in to my child and take him home.

Aleshia’s work hooks you like a honey trap. They are beautifully put together with a quality to them that draws you in and urges you to look closer. It’s then that you realise the important and not-so-pretty messages they hold. Her work creates conversations that need to be started. I hope her work inspires others to question those ‘well-intentioned policies’ and reflect on our own views.

Her work is a blinding bright light for the future of Aboriginal contemporary art and I am eagerly ready to walk in her footsteps.