Facilitated by Beth Sometimes with speakers Elliat Rich and James Young of Elbow Workshop, Mel Robson, and Arrernte apmereke artweye Therese Ryder, Helena Buzzacott and Lorrayne Gorey.
On the 3rd of May WTS will be taking part in the Climate Strike.
We strongly encourage all other arts organisations and independent artists across the country to join us in solidarity. Add your name to the document here and strike this coming Friday 3rd May.
We, the undersigned artists and arts workers, offer our support and stand together with striking students to call for immediate political action to address climate change and add our voices to the call for climate justice.
On May 3, 2019, artists across Australia strike in solidarity with the global climate strike led by young people across over 100 countries. We recognise that this third major climate strike must be bolstered by a general strike of all members of our global communities, and so we come together as an artists’ and arts workers’ contingent (although we are also teachers, students, parents, carers, hospitality workers, among many other things).
We recognise that the precarity, inequality, alienation and co-option of art and artists by neoliberal capitalism are interconnected with the political forces that have driven us to this urgent moment of worsening climate impacts. We are subjected to the same dehumanising systems and corrupt leadership that have prioritised corporate greed over public good. Artists join the call for an urgent realignment of policy and action to create a safe, healthy and just future for all.
We recognise the role of both artists and young people in creating bold new imaginaries - of imagining new futures into existence. We come together at the Student Strike 4 Climate to acknowledge that climate damage is affecting all of us right now; and we support the call for a general strike that reflects the urgency and vastness of the climate crisis.
We echo students' demands in the lead up to the 2019 climate election:
- All parties commit to stop digging, burning and exporting coal.
- 100% transition to solar and wind energy by 2030 at the latest.
- Stop the Adani coal mine.
We also demand an end to and refuse to partake in artwashing - the unethical instrumentalisation of the arts by companies that support the extraction and burning of fossil fuels.
Presenters: Beth Sometimes (Watch This Space); Kate Just (Victorian College of the Arts); Danny Butt (Victorian College of the Arts).
Big thanks to George from the VCA mob who came up for the presentation for filming this for us. A great panel discussion about a rising art form.
Cecile Galiazzo, current artist in residence will be working in WTS gallery this Saturday between 10am – 2pm. All welcome.
Cecile has been experimenting with paper dyeing using local native plants. Of her current practice she says –
I am interested in the human emotional response to landscape and the significant role that “place” plays in our life. Milestones and experiences are (for me) framed by places and relationships in which they happen. In 2016, I spent 10 months in Alice Springs, considering that which we all/will experience – sorrow and joy, separation and unification, life and death. The space between opposites – absence and presence, is a place I am exploring. What lies between skin and bones, heart and breath, sea and desert, the land and sky, my culture- your culture? The space between us, gaps and parallels.
NT Writers presents:
Talk by Olivia Nigro
5:30-6:30pm, Thursday 15th March
A literary mosaic. A composition of memory fragments into melody. A polyvocal braiding where genres become estuaries and mingle. A bit of essay. A bit of poetry. A bit of subversion. A reference with no logic. An empty page spoken to by footnotes. A narrative cascade that can jump and spiral, skip like pebbles into the experimental or nestle in the crevices of vivid allusion. A stain glassed window into the historical moment where the objective and subjective are juxtaposed. ‘Lyric essay’ has many incarnations. It is a fascinating sub-genre of creative non-fiction named in 1997 by the Seneca Review.
In this one-hour presentation, Olivia will introduce writers, readers and storytellers to the many possibilities of Lyric Essay. We will look at the history, techniques and some examples of work in this emerging genre. All welcome.
This talk is part of NT Writers’ Centre’s 2018 Year of True Stories.
Olivia Nigro is a writer, researcher and justice activist who has metamorphosed through street poetry, spoken word and collaborative multimedia performance art toward writing inspired by narrative decolonisation and the freeing fragmentation of protest literature. With a background in decolonising action research, she seeks to weaponise her writing/research as a settler-accomplice on the First Nations’ led frontline for justice for First Peoples. She has been immersed in experimental hybrid writing projects over the past three years both in Australia and abroad, delving and diving between lyric essay, non-linear narrative and poetic inquiry. She is currently undertaking a Masters-by-research at University of Technology Sydney in which she is experimenting with Lyric Essay as part of her thesis.
Free, bookings essential
The poster says it all. See you there
Rethinking Artist Run Initiatives through Place
These past months we have been part of the making of and conversation around an important exhibition curated by Annabelle Lacroix. The exhibition features works by ARIs all over Australia and we are very proud to be exhibiting along side them, together and strong. Artist Run Initiatives have an important place in the art world, creating spaces for innovation and passion that are not always afforded in commercial galleries. This show talks about the influence of place on ARIs, one we feel has a very strong impact on our Mparntwe/Alice Springs space. For the exhibition we are exhibiting a photograph by one of our beloved founders, Pam Lofts, whom our end of year Lofty award is named after. In front of the photograph sits the yellow mwekarte (hat) you may have seen around town, created for Apmere Angkentye-kenhe / A Place For Language.
Beth Sometimes has written a powerful essay that sits along side the work.Read it here
Here's what 2017 has in store...
We are so excited about the year ahead at Watch This Space!
The art, the artists, the community, the projects – they’re all going to be great, they’re all going to be here in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, and we can’t wait to show you! So here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come…
Music by our very own studio artist, Resin Moon
Artists featured in video and part of our 2017 Creative Program:
Gabriella and Brent Wilson
And a whole bunch more! Stay tuned…
We have a new range of limited edition bags and aprons at the space that are beautiful, practical, locally made, locally designed and help support our space and what we do.
Designed by renowned artist, Beth Sometimes
Printed locally in Alice Springs by WTS with the generous help of local arts hero, Steve Anderson.
By purchasing one of these items you are directly supporting and nurturing contemporary art in Central Australia.
What a great present, right??
Also available in the space are CDs and 12 inch vinyl records of Resin Moon‘s Debut EP Salt. So many great things!
$20 Heavy Duty Bags
NOT ANOTHER SUPER MOON?!
TERRIFIED OF UNSEEN ART CRITICS
with adjustable straps and large pocket
NOT ANOTHER SUPERMOON?!
Watch This Space is thrilled to announce the 2016 Lofty Award Winner
D O R I S K N G W A R R A Y E S T U A R T
Doris was honoured at the Saturday night event with special speeches presented by Kieran Finnane, Beth Sometimes and Dan Murphy. Kieran Finnane has penned this articlewith more thoughts and information about her significant contributions: a worthwhile read in understanding the ecology of the arts in Mparntwe and the particular political stance Doris brings to her life work.
A huge congratulations and thank you to Doris for all her incredible work
WTS recently housed three artists from Melbourne for its Travelling Artist in Residency program. Ellah Blake, Nic Diprose and Sienna Thornton ("Truckin' Life) held an intimate exhibition at the space, Sunset Viewing Area, at the end of the residency, attracting a great audience who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show. Nic spoke to the local paper about their experience in Central Australia, giving a bit of insight into the work created and what to expect at the Closing event.
Our saucy MC for the night
✖ F L A N G I P A N I
THE LOFTY WINNER’S TROPHY
made by our very own Chairperson
✖ Dan Murphy
Beloved Previous Lofty Winners
✖ Renowned Arts Writer, Kieran Finnane
✖ Multi-disciplinary Artist, J9 Stanton
✖ Sooji Kim & Dave Williams
✖ MS XAVIA
✖ RESIN MOON
performing with a secret sexy someone…
✖ The Not Real Cowboys – Lonesome Twosome
✖ E d w a r d F r a n c i s ( D J s e t )
✖ D J S e ñ o r P á t o
Watch This Space in the newspaper
Applications for our Exhibition and Residency Proposals for 2017 close 31st October. Get your ideas in quick!
By KIERAN FINNANE
Alice Springs is often seen as a town beset by racial division and conflict, but its creative culture can tell a different story. Looking back over three decades I find an already rich history of intersection and collaboration, in work by visual artists, writers and thinkers, designers and producers. This history shows the potential of re-imagining the future in this community.
This is an edited version of a talk that I gave recently at Watch This Space, the artist-run initiative founded in Alice Springs in 1993. I was speaking as the recipient of last year’s LOFTY Award, named in honour of the late Pamela Lofts, a founding member of the Space, its first coordinator, and an important desert artist. I was honoured to have the LOFTY acknowledge my contribution to the arts in Alice Springs through my writing. From the start I thought that the scope of whatever I did on this occasion should take a long view, a perspective gained through the two and a half decades that I’ve spent in Alice Springs. From there it didn’t take me long to arrive at wanting to address ‘this space between us’ – ‘us’ being as broad as the people of Central Australia, with the ‘space between’ implying the dichotomies of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal life and cultural production.
I have called the talk ‘The fertile space between us’, but how is the space ‘fertile’? you may ask. What’s the evidence? Most days a visitor arriving in Alice Springs might look around and think that it’s an almost vacant space or at best put it under the heading ‘can do better‘. Generally I would agree, and a good part of my meaning, in choosing the word ‘fertile’, is in its idea of latency – there is important work, and a great deal of it, to be done here. But the ground, ‘this space between us’ so rich in potential, has already yielded some fine fruit.
You can read the full article here [at Alice Springs News]
A visually and emotionally stunning performance of dance showcasing the transformative power of one woman’s love of textiles and fashion, and how her great-granddaughter brings her love back to life. A marriage of love and textile that becomes beautiful art.Cleopatra’s Dress is performed tonight from 7pm at Watch this SPACE.
Sia Cox, whose great-grandmother inspired the dresses and dance, will talk about the inspiration for the work, and showcase the screen prints and circle skirts used in the production on Saturday 6 September at 10am.
More information: wts.org.au/events/cleopatras-dress
The deadline for entries to the 21st Birthday Members Show, SQUARED, has been extended to 11 July.
Artworks due by 22 July for 1 August exhibition opening.
Go to the original CALL OUT entry on the News page for details and entry forms.