Inhabited Ipswich is offering four Tulmur/Ipswich artists, emerging and established, a 10-week mentorship program by Queensland based interdisciplinary artist and educator Kellie O’Dempsey. As part of the RADF funded program, artists will be paid to develop new media media artworks and installations for Inhabited Ipswich to activate vacant spaces during Spark Festival 2023.
About Inhabited Ipswich:
Inhabited Ipswich uses local contemporary art to activate vacant shopfronts and non-traditional art spaces in Tulmur (Ipswich) CBD.
About the mentorship program:
Each artist will complete a 10 week mentorship program. Indicative key dates are outlined below. Mentoring for the project will be led by established contemporary artist and educator Dr Kellie O’Dempsey, via The Path–Sparks 23, a custom-designed mentorship program that guides artists through the development and production of new work. The funded program includes group workshops, individual consultations, networking opportunities and production strategies, and will be tailored to support the four successful applicants.
Artists will learn:
• Identify and articulate their artistic investigation
• Bridge the gap between ideas and project
• Design and deliver an artistic project for Inhabited Ipswich, as part of Spark Festival 2023
• Build digital competency and intersect artistic practices with digital technologies
• Engage and learn about critique and discussion with artists and arts industry professionals
• Understand the ingredients for a professional proposal which includes bio, artist statements, exhibition and EOI submissions
About the mentor:
As a Queensland based interdisciplinary artist and educator Kellie O’Dempsey works across the arts and cultural sector as an independent practitioner, educator and project developer. Delivering projects and programs in both regional and metropolitan areas from The National Gallery in Canberra to NorthSite Contemporary Arts in Far North Queensland Kellie’s approach is diverse and engaging. Playing with light, line and the live act, Kellie investigates notions of transformation and the absurd. Creating in both solo and collaborative formats with sound artists and contemporary performance practitioners using projection, collage and drawing as installation she hybridises elements generating artworks that are experiential and emergent.
The EOI period opens Thursday 2nd March 2023 and closes 11:59pm AEDT (end of day) 1st April 2023.
Inhabited Ipswich requires the project artist to:
- Attend all workshops and consultations with their mentor
- Deliver their project within the agreed schedule, outlined below
- Consult and liaise with Inhabited Ipswich staff and mentor
- Undertake site visits if necessary
- Follow all applicable WHS standards
For successful applicants:
Payment of fees will be made in two stages: 50% paid on acceptance of concept design, 50% paid on completion and delivery of artwork. Artist fee: $1000
Image: Kellie O’Dempsey, I wish you were here, Outer Space Projection, Image credit: Louis Lim Photographer