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2018/19 ENGAGING ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP

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More Art is currently accepting applicants for our 2018-19 Engaging Artists Fellowship. Those interested in applying have until Friday, April 20 11:59 PM ET to submit an application. 

ENGAGING ARTISTS is More Art’s Fellowship program for artists seeking to both develop and sustain their public art and socially-engaged practice.

This 1 year Fellowship provides an infrastructure and laboratory for NYC-based emerging and underrepresented artists to gain a deeper understanding of the history the field, incubate and present their work, collaborate with communities in shaping society, and build sustainable careers in the field of public art.

The Fellowship includes: 

  • Intensive professional development workshops and peer network support.
  • Strategic meetings with More Art to network, receive feedback, mentorship, and curatorial support.
  • Monthly feedback sessions with other cohort members, More Art staff, and guest practitioners in the field (both arts and non-arts professionals, including artists, public art administrators, educators, urban planners, community organizers).
  • Public presentations curated and promoted by More Art, featuring research, works-in-progress, and completed works inspired or generated through the fellows’ community-based work.
  • Marketing via the More Art network, email list, and social media.
  • Fellows may request funds up to $1000 to cover the costs for Fellowship related projects, workshops, research, and presentations.
  • Opportunity to receive Post-Fellowship project support of up to $4000 in funding.
  • Off-site workshop space.
  • Access to Materials for the Arts.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Fellows participate in intensive professional development workshops, addressing the history of socially engaged art, community organizing methods, and best practices for establishing and sustaining community partnerships, as well as individual critiques and group feedback sessions to support fellows in the development and creation of new and continued work. Sessions are led by More Art staff and guest facilitators.

Topics to include: 

  • Histories of socially-engaged public art.
  • Best practices for collaboration, participation, contracting, and community engagement.
  • Mapping the ecosystem of political issues.
  • Project life-cycles and sustaining community partnerships.
  • Site analysis and team management.
  • Active listening, interpersonal and group facilitation.
  • Participatory workshop design.
  • Navigating the public art commission process.
  • Asset mapping and visioning project goals.
  • Privilege, power, and equity in public art.
  • Budgeting and funding opportunities for public artists.
  • Case studies in public art, placemaking, and community-engaged design.

Application details here: bit.ly/1G5c9dW

Deadline: 
04/20/2018

Leslie Pearson and Kerrie Bedson to create ephemeral processional sculpture for Mountain to Mouth extreme artwalk

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A Virtual Connection Turns Into An Artistic Collaboration – In Australia

Leslie Pearson (Fayetteville, NC) has been selected to work in collaboration with artist Kerrie Bedson on a major Australian ephemeral sculpture commission by the Arts and Culture Unit of the City of Greater Geelong. The Canoe Commission has been made possible by funding from founding partner Deakin University. As one of the unique ephemeral sculpture commissions now offered in Australia, Canoe will be the lead processional artwork of Mountain to Mouth 2018 – Geelong’s multi-award winning extreme arts walk, a 50-mile biennial journey of discovery over two days (4 to 5 May 2018).

 

Canoe will be the lead processional artwork of Mountain to Mouth 2018, Geelong’s award-winning extreme arts walk, a 50-mile biennial journey of discovery after two days (May 4-5). 

 

Pearson says the journey to creating Canoe started with a virtual connection, which has turned into an artistic collaboration.

 

“Artist Kerrie Bedson and I met about two years ago through Facebook,” Pearson explains. “Kerrie owns an arts and training space called The Studio at 54 in Victoria, Australia. We both have an affinity for working with natural materials, such as wood, found objects, bone, paper, wax and gut (also known as sausage casings).”

 

Pearson says that Bedson approached her about creating an ephemeral sculpture for the Mountain to Mouth experience, and both collaborated cross-globally on a concept and proposal, which was accepted. They’ve already begun work on prototypes and sketches, along with gathering materials.

 

“We are both very excited to finally meet in-person,” says Pearson, who will travel to Australia on April 14, and begin 10 days of work with Bedson to complete Canoe.

 

“We plan to cover the bamboo structure in gut, which will be very ethereal. Then it will be carried by foot for 50 miles to the final ceremony site and sent out into the water on fire. My favorite part is that the community members are writing prayers for healing and putting them into the canoe before it is set ablaze. It will be a beautiful, and for me, a spiritual experience.” 

 

To get an idea of the complete Mountain To Mouth experience, the journey begins in the You Yangs mountain range, crossing Geelong’s industrial heartland at nightfall and arriving in the city center to coincide with Geelong After Dark, a night of extreme and unexpected art experiences. At dawn the next day, the extreme arts walk continues through the city center to the Barwon River, then on to the rolling Bellarine farmland, along ocean beaches, and then to the river’s mouth at Barwon Heads by sunset. There will be songlines moving along with Canoe in its journey. Songlines have been used by indigenous cultures across Australia for centuries as ways to navigate the terrain.

 

As organizers describe it, “Mountain to Mouth 2018 is about land and people – and it’s about bringing these two together.”

 

Pearson adds, “Canoe will be involved in the three ceremonies, then set on fire during the final ceremony; therefore, the materials used to create the sculpture need to burn without toxic effect on the environment. Kerrie and I plan to use locally sourced bamboo, cane, and hog, beef and sheep intestines as the main materials. The masthead will be preserved and displayed as part of a permanent collection.” 

 

The Canoe commission has been made possible by funding from founding partner Deakin University. Pearson and Bedson will lead a workshop with a group of Deakin creative art students, and one student will be selected to work with them on the completion of Canoe.

 

Mountain to Mouth began in 2009 with a pilot Canoe event, and later incarnations in 2014 and 2016.

 

Check out this spellbinding video of the most recent Mountain To Mouth experience:

https://youtu.be/c-4SA3aMh5U

Join the Kitchen Collective!

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A new group open to anyone interested in taking part and supporting The Kitchen. The Collective will input into what takes place in the project space, support events and activities as well as be out there spreading the word.

The Kitchen is a space for creativity as well as a room to hang out in. It will play host to a programme of workshops, activities, events and talks as well as offer opportunities for visitors, artists and groups to try out and share new, creative ideas.

The Collective will have input into what takes place in The Kitchen, support events and activities as well as help spread the word. We welcome positive energy and ideas, and as a new group, those joining early will help inform and shape how the Collective runs. New members can join at any time and you only need to commit as much time as you wish to give.

Open to residents from Newtown and the surrounding area, The Collective is FREE to join and brings with it a number of benefits, including reduced participation fees and priority invitation to certain events.

Deadline: 
01/27/2018

Call for Donations - Unwanted furniture, objects, utensils and craft materials needed

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Oriel Davies is seeking donations of unwanted kitchen furniture and objects from the residents of Newtown and surrounding areas. We are looking for items to create and furnish The Kitchen.

Deadline: 
09/22/2017

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