Broken Hill City Council along with Broken Hill regional Art Gallery is pleased to announce that a selection of highly talented national and international artists will take part in its Artist in Residence program.
The program will see artists travel to the city and create three projects that explore and amplify Broken Hill’s position as Australia’s first National Heritage listed city.
The artists will also engage with the community through workshops, exhibitions and other public events to share their skills and further their understanding of Broken Hill.
The Artist in Residence program will run from September 2017 through to late 2018, and further details around each project will be released in the lead up to the program's commencement.
The program is funded by Broken Hill City Council, and Create NSW (formerly Arts NSW).
Capper and Katzki - Broken Hill
Research week: 16 October – 20 October 2017
Workshops and community engagement program: 21 October - 28 October 2018 TBC
Film shoot: 29 October - 5 November TBC
Post production and film launch: November 2017 – Early 2018
James Capper (UK) and Katzki (Australia) will deliver a combination of sculpture, machinery, technology and filmmaking to celebrate the industrial heritage of Broken Hill.
'Capper and Katzki, Broken Hill' is an ambitious project that will combine sculpture and film making to celebrate the unique industrial heritage of Broken Hill. The project will bring together a young creative team from different corners of the world. James Capper is a British artist who creates large industrial looking sculptures that that walk, move and crawl.
Like industrial dinosaurs, aided by hydraulics, his work's fascinating combination of sculpture, machinery and technology captivates audiences young and old. Katzki is a celebrated emerging Australian filmmaker who specialises in surreal, emotional moving images.
Later this year, along with their dedicated Sydney-based curator Edward Campbell, they will visit Broken Hill where Capper will demonstrate his works in and around the city.
Imagine a bright yellow steel spider walking through our streets. You might have seen something that looks like it before, on mining and construction sites you've passed by, but this is not an excavator, it's a 'working sculpture', controlled by the artist and leaving marks in the earth as it crawls by. The team are keen to invite the community to get involved and interact with the works. All of this will be recorded on film by Katzki, whose work has been screened at Aspen Shortfest and Tropfest (Sydney), been viewed over 11 million times online, and been praised by media including The Huffington Post. The resulting film will showcase the beauty of Broken Hill and celebrate our mining heritage by exploring the timeless relationship between man, machine and environment.
James Price – 800 Souls
Research week: 28 August – 2 September 2017
Drawing and layout: Completed in Artists own time
Projection and installation: March 2018 datesTBC
Exhibition: April 2018 dates TBC
James Price would describe himself as a 'multi-disciplinary image based storyteller' if it wasn't such a mouth full, so instead he usually opts for 'artist'. He makes art for and about people, and their history. James has created visual art and film works in places as culturally unique as New York, London and Sydney.
His project ‘800 Souls’ aims to capture a very human history of Broken Hill. Through close collaborative consultation, James will find 800 local characters both past and present and then capture their likeness, but in a very different way.
Within a residential space he will fill the walls with these 800 portraits and transform the house in front of our eyes. There will be a lot of interactive community elements to this; we can watch and help James transform a space into public art.
Robbie Rowlands - The Living Museum Residency
Robbie Rowlands is a Melbourne based artist whose practice explores the intersection of our fabricated and natural worlds. His work looks at disrupting and deconstructing public spaces and objects in order to renegotiate the empirical by challenging the way we see our surrounds.
Exhibiting nationally and internationally, Robbie's interest and engagement with Regional Australia is a highlight. His most recent residency in Charlton Victoria allowed the community important access to his practice, involving the local men's shed and farming groups to realise a final exhibition on a rual farm.
Robbie’s work takes shape through site explorations, community consultation processes and site specific workshops, allowing works to generate through the experience. With past works he has utilized public utilities such as light poles and sign posts through to abandoned industrial and domestic buildings – the resulting works are breathtaking.
"The Living Museum Residency" - Robbie Rowlands (Australia) will explore the intersection of our fabricated and natural worlds. His work will take shape through site explorations, community consultation processes, and site specific workshops, allowing works to generate through the experience.