30 Aug, 2013

Exciting new arts initiative launched

Details of a new Public Art program to encourage and financially support emerging curators through a new ‘grant’ program were unveiled at an event at the Pilgrim Memorial Church Hall last Friday, 23 August.

The new space, Art Pod at 25 Pirie Street, will play a major role in Council’s vision to bring people into the city and enliven public spaces through art and events.

A series of exhibitions, programmed by an emerging curator will lead people into the Adelaide Town Hall to view one or many of the series of exhibitions throughout the year.

Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said the program will provide new, creative opportunities for artists and emerging curators to conceptualise, create, realise and then exhibit their works in public spaces accessible to everyone in the city.

“We’re encouraging creative people to collaborate with Council, arts organisations, the corporate sector and members of the public through this program, and we’re expecting to see some great public art as a result,” said Stephen.

General Manager of City Culture and Community Services Sandy Verschoor said her team has worked hard to get this exciting program off the ground and is now looking forward to nurturing and engaging artists and art groups.

“Comprising three main areas: emerging curator program; exhibition program; and seedling program, this is a wonderful opportunity for recent graduates and emerging curators to get some real life experience in arts administration,” she said.

“It’s a chance for anyone wanting to forge a career in the visual arts to build their networks within the arts and corporate communities in an exciting environment,” Sandy said.

Art Pod’s physical space, with floor to ceiling glass walls, lends itself to the public by creating a place to showcase exhibitions 24 hours a day, in the busy breezeway between the Town Hall and the customer centre.

People wanting to apply for Art Pod programs can go to cityofadelaide.com.au/artpod for more information.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Emerging Curator Program must be submitted by 2pm on Thursday 12th September while EOIs for the Seedling Program (Funded) are due by 5pm on Friday 4th October. Informal applications to the Open Diary will be taken from Friday 4th October.