Woden town square mural
Expression of Interest
Phone: 0403 755 672
NB: I will be working in Taipei as Artist in Residence until the end of October. Please contact me via email until this date. I'd also be happy to discuss my expression of interest via Skype. I'll be available by phone from 01 November.
recent public ART projects
Commissioned Mural for Lonsdale Street Roasters / Lonsdale Street / Braddon.
Public 'Live Art' performance as part of NewActon's 'Art Not Apart' festival.
Public Artwork, Community Engagement and Children's Workshops as one of 6 international artists invited to make site-specific work for Guandu International Art Festival, Taipei.
Public Paste-Up project for Narrandera Shire Council.
1. Julie Briggs / 0427 985 297 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Narrandera Shire Council, Project Manager during the Bolton Street Paste-Up, June 2017
2. Yifen Jan / email@example.com
Festival Manager during my tenure as resident artist at Guandu International Art Festival. Letter of reference below:
1. On 01 November, I will return to Australia following an enriching 2 months of art production and community engagement as Artist-in-Residence at Taipei's Bamboo Curtain Studio. I'd love to continue this creative momentum and expand upon my long-term creative relationship with Canberra. It would be great to engage with a local, community project in Woden and to continue working with children collaboratively.
2. I would like to propose an engaging, detailed and colourful work in a style and media comparable to my mural work at Lonsdale Street Roasters (see video above). Ideally, the subject matter and/or conceptual content of the project would develop from my direct experience with the site, locals or participants. I propose that I would visit Woden in early November to engage with the site, and make some preliminary concept sketches. These could inform my discussions and collaborative work with children on the 19th. Initially, my preference would be for organic, biomorphic forms, offering a contrast to the urban environment, and providing a lively backdrop to the Lift Off music event.
My public art performance in NewActon (see above), displays my familiarity with the medium of wood as a ground for painting.
3. I imagine that any number of participants could be directly involved in the production of the artwork. Ideally this would be between 5 and 10, but I am experienced managing larger numbers of children. Having workshopped a concept, I imagine that I would create the overall schematic line-work for the mural, which would then be resolved through collaborative pattern-making. This would allow participants a degree of autonomy and individual expression, without sacrificing stylistic consistency and a unifying concept.
4. For 4 years, I co-ordinated and facilitated a popular weekly Children's Art Workshop from my open studio in Bermagui, introducing pre-school and primary school aged children to the techniques, materials and art-historical contexts of contemporary art. I have also co-ordinated many community engagement and public art projects with children in both Australia and overseas. In 2016, I taught a children's drawing workshop at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre in Western Sydney as part of my 8-week tenure as artist-in-residence. That year, I also ran several ceramic workshops for children at the Guandu International Art Festival, Taipei, introducing primary-aged children to hand-building and processing of natural, found clays. Currently, I am back in Taipei creating a map-making project with 20 school children on SheZhi Island, New Taipei City, as part of my community engagement through Bamboo Curtain Studio, supported by an Australia Council for the Arts professional development grant. This project encourages children to take pride in the history and culture of a traditionally marginalised community.
Its also worth noting that my Research Master's (Creative Arts) thesis was a re-evaluation of social and art-historical theory regarding the artistic production of children; this has been a long-term interest and has informed my own art practice over a number of years.
Thanks for taking the time to review my Expression of Interest. Best of luck with the selection process, and please don't hesitate to contact me if any further information is needed.
Kind Regards, Matt.