Artists-in-residence | 2016 'Dark Matter' & 'In Focus' | Announcement

2016-02-25 10:00
2016-02-25 20:00

(Images: Rebecca Worth and Ellen Hewitt, 2015 PhotoAccess Emerging Artist Support Scheme artists-in-residence, discussing their work in progress at PhotoAccess)

In Focus
2016 Emerging Artist Residency and Exhibition

In Focus is a residency and exhibition opportunity for an emerging* photo-based artist from the ACT or region. The In Focus resident will have the opportunity to develop and showcase contemporary photo-based art in a supportive and stimulating artistic environment - receiving technical and creative support and access to PhotoAccess facilities for eight months. The residency is intended to support the completion of one body of work, to be exhibited in the PhotoAccess Multimedia Gallery from 1st-11th December 2016. The resident must present a public program, such as a talk or demonstration, alongside their exhibition, and all exhibited work is required to be for sale. During the residency the successful applicant will receive a one-year membership to PhotoAccess, access to facilities and equipment and the opportunity to partake in selected courses and workshops. Aside from waiving the exhibition, equipment hire and access fees and selected education program enrollment fees, no additional financial support is provided. Applications closed Thursday 25th February 2016. Click here to view the In Focus application form. *An emerging artist for the purpose of this application is defined as someone who has practiced as a professional artist continually for less than 5 years.

Dark Matter
2016 Darkroom Residency and Exhibition

PhotoAccess is offering a photo-based artist the opportunity to participate in Dark Matter, a unique residency program and exhibition opportunity based in darkroom practice. The residency is an opportunity for an emerging, mid-career or established artist from the ACT or interstate to create a new body of work over a period of eight months using the PhotoAccess darkroom. PhotoAccess is home to the only publicly-accessible black-and-white darkroom facility in the ACT region, and encourages the use of traditional and experimental darkroom practices. The successful applicant will receive free access to the PhotoAccess darkroom (including all chemicals, but excluding paper and film), feedback and support from PhotoAccess staff and tutors, and a one-year membership to PhotoAccess. The Dark Matter residency will culminate in a solo exhibition in the PhotoAccess Multimedia Gallery, from 10th-27th November 2016. The resident must also present a public program, such as a talk or demonstration, alongside their exhibition, and all exhibited work is required to be for sale. Applicants must have demonstrated competency in the darkroom. PhotoAccess will provide general support and technical advice, but formal tuition in darkroom printing and techniques is available only at the usual members’ cost. Aside from waiving the exhibition and darkroom access fees, no additional financial support is provided. The Dark Matter residency exists to encourage contemporary darkroom practice. PhotoAccess welcomes creative proposals from artists of all career stages and backgrounds, working in all styles of photography and across all darkroom media. Applications closed on Thursday 25th February 2016. Click here to view the Dark Matter application form. (David Flanagan was the recipient of the inaugural Dark Matter Darkroom Residency and Exhibition in 2015. Click here to view the catalogue from his residency exhibition Silver and Gold. Click here to read more about David's residency experience.)

PhotoAccess is pleased to announce Andy Mullens as the inaugural In Focus resident and Enrico Scotece is our 2016 Dark Matter resident.

About Andy Mullens: Andy is an emerging artist currently living and working in Canberra, who graduated from the Australian National University School of Art in 2014 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). Using photographs, thread, sculpture and installation Andy creates artworks that surround the notion of identity.

About Enrico Scotece: Sydney-based artist Enrico is a photographer and Creative Director and Founder of Think Negative, a fine print darkroom located in Sydney. He is also a PhD Candidate at the University of Western Sydney where he is working on his thesis After The Fall. Encountering perceptual experience as photographic response. Why do I photograph?.

(Image: Andy Mullens, Veil, 2015, cotton thread on found photographs)

(Image: Enrico Scotece, Diptych (Untitled and 48), 2015, silver gelatin fibre base photographs)