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A Fabulous Volunteer Opportunity
Helper at Opening Night Functions
Would you like to support your local artist-run initiative? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you free on a Thursday or Friday night once a month?
We are seeking a committed and friendly person to help out at opening night functions. This is a fabulous way to meet new people interested in the arts in Alice Springs.
Be available, on time and reliable one evening a month from 5-9pm.
Assist with serving drinks, displaying food on platters and cleaning up.
No special skills or qualifications are necessary, simply a willingness to help out and ability to take direction and work as a team.
To apply, simply contact Alice via email wts[AT]wts.org.au or phone 8952 1949 and if possible please provide your CV.
The Alice Springs Songwriters Collective
Sundays, 3pm, commencing from 16th February
A weekly group for local songwriters to meet, share ideas and discuss songwriting. The group is open to songwriters of all ages and levels of experience. The group also welcomes anyone who may be considering writing their first song or are just interested in contributing to the discussion or simply listening in! The group is run by local musicians Dave Crowe and Colin Lillie.
We have an open Facebook page for group members to communicate:
Contemporary Art In Europe
A talk and image presentation by Pip McManus.
What: Galleries, Public Art and Street Art - in Berlin, Prague, Marseille (European City of Culture 2013) and Provence.
Where: Watch This Space Gallery, 4/9 George Cres
When: Thursday 13 March, 7.00 pm
Why: Pip would like to explore the current directions in European Art and invite discussion.
Drinks and Nibbles available.
(Please note 7pm starting time)
Hannah Raisin and Will Heathcote: Bark & Bristle
Friday 21 March - Saturday 12 April
Hannah Raisin and Will Heathcote’s exhibition Bark and Bristle playfully ponders the complex and diverse relationships between people and their surroundings. The work aims to physically explore the territory between controlled and uncontrolled environments, identifying a wealth of material in typical projections of the Australian outback. Operating both collaboratively and individually the artists will showcase a body of new work developed during recent months spent working in the broader Alice Springs region.
Hannah and Will will also be undertaking a Travelling Artist Studio Residency at Watch This Space during their exhibition dates. Hannah and Will's project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
The Hidden Bones of an Ordinary Life
Wednesday 30 April – Friday 16 May
“I had a flashback of something that never existed” -Louise Bourgeois. Selena will present works that explores the distance and the tension between the lived experience and the archived memory of experience, responding to neurological science that shows memories leave a physical trace in your brain. Research demonstrates that the more that you access a memory the more it changes, as each time you ‘remember’ it is re-written neurologically, thus straying from the primary experience. Works will be projected using numerous micro devices, some will be installed within found objects on small screen playbacks.
Artback NT: Arts Development & Touring Artist In Residence Exhibition*
Friday 23 May – Sat 21 June
A partnership with Asialink presents opportunities for Artback NT to build on the AIR program by offering an International reciprocal component to celebrate the year of Australia-Indonesian diplomatic relations in 2014. A pilot Indigenous-focused Reciprocal Residency model titled 'Kerjasama' or 'Collaborate' aims to increase understanding of Indigenous artistic traditions and communities in regional Australia and Indonesia. An Indonesian artist will be placed with Artback NT, Alice Springs and an Australian Indigenous artist from NT at the Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta. The Indonesia artist awarded the residency will be in Alice Springs from 1 April to 30 June 2014. Watch This Space is very pleased to host an exhibition by the recipient of the 2014 residency. *working title
Travelling Artist Residency: Nicole Bowller
16 June - 25 July
More details coming soon!
The Lofty Art and Performance Night
Friday 5 December 6pm
The LOFTY award is unlike other art awards; it is awarded to an individual acknowledging their contribution to community through their practice and recognises those who play a role in the ‘ever evolving creative culture' of Central Australia. Whilst the award is given to an individual, it is the broader community who ultimately benefits from the acknowledgement, encouragement and mentoring of those involved in creative enterprises. The LOFTY winner is offered a free exhibition at Watch This Space in 2013. Oh, and there is also a $1000 cash prize. There will be a special night of performances and celebrations and announcing of the 2014 Lofty Art Award Winner.
The Lofty Art Award Winner
We warmly congratulate Kieran Finnane as the 2013 Lofty Award winner.
Kieran is an accomplished writer and journalist, and has reviewed countless exhibitions in our region providing a consistent and much needed critical analysis.
As Craig San Roque mentions in his nomination of Kieran for the award, “she has, over more than 20 years, consistently written on, commented upon, encouraged and reviewed Central Australian arts events. Her work has been intelligent, culturally informed, critical and constructive, and by its very consistency has provided local artists with a much-needed reflective mirror. Her quiet presence at events and her incisive, often fearless and also compassionate reviews have encouraged many of us, and offered critique of a high standard that we as local artists rarely experience. Her eulogy piece on Pam Lofts stands as a vital part of local history and testimony to Lofty.”
And from the judges Dan Murphy, Stephen Williamson, Leo Ortega and Shrike O’Malley:
“ Overall it was felt that Kieran had the strongest claim of this year’s nominations. This is due to her direct contribution to Watch This Space through writing many exhibitions held there and inviting people into this community arts space by articulating the philosophy behind a community arts space, giving coverage to emerging as well as established artists, and giving serious meaning to art shown at Watch This Space (and at other venues in Alice Springs) and opening up this dialogue with a broader audience through her articles on line and formerly in printed form.
Her reporting and documentation of cultural events in Alice Springs over a long period has produced a very valuable record of the richness of arts in this town, and through her own arts practice (poetry and prose) she has produced a body of work that is of and about this community.
Kieran has honoured and confirmed Watch This Space as a critical and serious cultural space in this town through her writing. Congratulations to Kieran as the 2013 Lofty Award recipient, and thanks to the people who contributed nominations to this year's awards and to the other artists considered for this year's award!
Kieran will be awarded with a $1000 cash prize, the opportunity to have an exhibition at WTS here at no cost and a beautiful trophy has been made by Julie and Steve Vincent (below).
New Facebook page!
OMG Seriously?? We are doing away with the old facebook page *(yes, some of you didn't even
know we had one, so we had to fix that!!)* Simply go to www.facebook.com/watchthisspacegallery and 'Like' us. We know you really want to Love Watch This Space, but that button has not been invented yet!
Art or Cunning?
The artists are Sia Cox, Dan Murphy, Julie Taylor, Sarah Pirrie, Yvette King,
Meredith Turnbull, Louise Owen. Curated by Alice Buscombe.
This is a major exhibition of contemporary sculpture, and includes works that evidence the ‘maker’ or artist’s hand. The artists were chosen as they are concerned with both the process and craft of art-making and the curatorial premise of their works.
Kelly-Lee Hickey, Jason Japaljarri Woods, Drew Moynihan, Dave Nixon and Nicky Schonkala.
Exploring ritual, transformation and shifting ideas on how we, the audience, engage with contemporary art. Curated by Alice Buscombe, Leo Ortega and Pip McManus. Click here and here to read the reviews of Shift
Young Curators The Young Curators program brings together students from across Alice Springs to learn about exhibition design, development and display.
Read the review & see photos by Lauren Fitzgerald, ABC Alice Springs