Monday, December 22, 2014

Commission Opportunity for Artists

Town Hall Gallery is excited to offer artists an opportunity to exhibit with us as part of our 2015 exhibition program. Three commissions are available for three artists (or collaborations) to produce new works for August 2015. Artists are invited to submit their ideas and intentions, with a deadline closing date of 30 January 2015.

Ronald Greenaway, (detail) Portrait of Ethel Malley, Somewhere in St Kilda (2002)

Three commissions, each of $1000, are available for three artists (or collaborations). Artists who are successful will have their work exhibited at Town Hall Gallery in August 2015 as part of Ronald Greenaway: The Artist and his World.

From 4 August to 13 September, 2015, Town Hall Gallery will be presenting a retrospective of the work of Ronald Greenaway, an artist with a long history and large body of work, who lives and works in Boroondara. Greenaway has works in public collections, including the NGV, and is a living connection to some of Australia’s most important artists, artworks, and organisations. As part of this exhibition, Town Hall Gallery will also be exhibiting the work of Greenaway’s peers, including Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, Danila Vassilieff and Sidney Nolan.

Ronald Greenaway, Upstairs at the Cafe Omonia (1958)

To activate a contemporary connection to this historical legacy, we are seeking three artists (or collaborations) to make new works inspired by,  or in response to, his vast oeuvre. How this is to be done, in terms of both process and outcome, is completely open to the artists. Artists will need to be mindful of the nature of the gallery space but are encouraged to explore innovative approaches to their ideas and work. Artists are also encouraged to do their own background research into the artist, without contacting him directly, to prepare their submissions.

We are open to all mediums and all ideas, interested only in ways you would like to make new  and original art of your own, that is inspired by any aspect of Ron's own work. Whether it's an analysis of colour used in his paintings to make abstract video works from; interpretative dance of the scenes in the paintings; dioramas recreating narratives; or measuring the canvas sizes to produce ceramic vases that apply mathematical formulations to produce their shape. Your imaginative approaches are what we are looking to unleash!

Ronald Greenaway, Albert Tucker in New York (1994)
Applicants will need to submit the following materials:
>        Artist CV (no more than one A4 page)
>        Up to 10 images of your work (which can include video or sound files)
*  to be submitted on portable memory stick or DVD (no hard copies)
>        Description of how you would undertake the brief:
*  including concept, forms of research and expected outcomes
>        Names of two (2) referees

Submissions can be sent to Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122.

Artists will be advised in early February, allowing around 5 months to complete their work for the exhibition. Successful artists will be afforded the necessary contact with the artist and his body of work, in consultation with the curators, in order to facilitate the production of their work.

Ronald Greenaway, (detail of) Lamp, Jug and skull (1959)
The gallery will promote the show and the artists in line with its normal marketing approaches, which will include artist interviews, an exhibition essay, invites and social media coverage.

A copy of this document is available here on Google Docs.

1 comment:

Cameron Robertson said...

This makes a good platform for local artistes to gain recognition for their works which might all this while be stuck in storage due to there being no channel for them to submit for appreciation. Even if they do not win any of the top prizes, at least their hard work gets looked at and appreciated by visitors.