New program to support artists in Darwin and Alice Springs

Territory artists are being invited to take part in a new program that will produce exciting art works in collaboration with some of the Territory’s iconic cultural venues.

The new ‘Creative in Residence’ program will see $30,000 in funding for up to three artists to explore their creativity in Darwin and Alice Springs.

“This is an exciting new opportunity for our local artists to work closely with our cultural institutions, soak up their collections and gain inspiration to produce new art works,” said Department of Tourism and Culture CEO, Alastair Shields.

As part of the program, the successful artists will be given direct access to the NT Government’s cultural venues including the Araluen Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs, the Northern Territory Library at Parliament House and the Northern Territory Archives Service in Darwin over three to six months.

The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most significant artistic, cultural and historical experiences in Alice Springs and the successful artist will have access to offers a newly created artist studio on site.

The Northern Territory Library will offer artists of all art forms the opportunity to interpret and present the Library’s Northern Territory Collection in an innovative way.

While the third venue, the Northern Territory Archives Service, will provide artists with the opportunity to interact first hand with primary resource materials and present this material in a new way to raise the profile of the Northern Territory’s history.

“While working on site in these knowledge-rich institutions, the successful artists in the Creative in Residence program will have access to specialist advice and information,” said Mr Shields.

“The Creative in Residence program will foster the development of new art works which can be viewed by locals and tourists alike. It’s all a part of our plan to build a strong cultural economy here in the Northern Territory.”

The residency program was developed as a result of the community consultations in 2015 informing the arts and cultural policy: Vibrant NT.

Territory artists and creative practitioners interested in the Creative in Residence Program are invited to attend one of the following information sessions:

  • 22 November, 5pm at the Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs;
  • 22 November, 5pm at the Northern Territory Archives Centre, Darwin; or
  • 24 November, 5pm at the Northern Territory Library, Parliament House in Darwin.

To apply to the Creative in Residence Program visit: www.nt.gov.au/creativeinresidence
Applications close 12 December 2016.

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