The residency is on site at the Central Institute of Technology, wherein thrives a wonderfully supportive art school for those preparing to study at tertiary level, right in the heart of a cluster of cultural identities that include the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the State Library, Theatre and State Museum.
I am forever thankful for this impromptu studio residency, where I was fortunate to make Difficult art decisions: The Blue Pattern, Measuring the missing, Background, and Corner — all of which were exhibited at the inaugural Sydney Contemporary Art Fair later that year, in September.
It was also wonderful to meet Yuhsin U Chang, the international artist who took up residency at the time, whose tentative ventures into Perth’s vast space — the width of an everyday footpath, for instance, and distance travelled from one door to the next compared to Taipei’s — delivered observations of delight to witness.
The residency concluded on 16 August 2013 with an artists talk I gave to students studying art. The talk turned into an unexpected pleasure given the challenging sparks of interest and engagement I encountered from the students during question time.
Gail Hastings, 2013
|Date:||24/Jul/2013 to 16/Aug/2013|
|Curated by:||Thelma John, Manager, Gallery Central|
|At:||Gallery Central Studio|
Yuhsin U Chang, Alex Spremberg, Thelma John, Pam Gaunt, Simon Gevers and Jasmin Stephens
The Commercial Gallery booth at the inaugural Sydney Contemporary art fair in September 2013
Gallery Central Studio
149 Beaufort Street
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