Call Out for 2016 LOFTY Nominations

The Loftys 2016

WTS is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 LOFTY to be awarded on Saturday 26th December 2016

To be eligible a nominated artist must:
  • Have been or currently is a member of Watch this Space.
  • Must show dedication and passion for their Arts practice, producing new works with a relevance to the physical landscape or cultural terrain of Central Australia.
  • Demonstrate that their arts practise has made a positive contribution to Watch This Space.

To make a nomination simply email your application to wts@wts.org.au

Download the nomination form here

The Recipient of the Award will be announced publicly, be celebrated and promoted on the WTS website, will have the opportunity to create or curate an exhibition to be held at WTS in 2017 and will receive a cash reward of $1000.

Board members/curatorial committee members and staff of WTS are ineligible for the award.


A bit about the awards

In 1991 Pam Lofts saw the need for a space for contemporary artists to exhibit their work in Alice Springs, and with a small team of fellow artists, was instrumental in the creation of Watch this Space Inc. Since opening in 1994 WTS Inc. has become a focal point for contemporary and experimental art, and artists in Alice Springs, and continues to be an important part of the cultural landscape of Central Australia.

Pam has continued, with dedication, to pursue her arts practice, consistently producing works of a high quality across a variety of media. Through her art Pam has made a significant contribution to the Artistic and Cultural dialogue in Alice Springs and Central Australia.

In honour of Pam, her art, and her contribution to the Arts, WTS is proud to announce the annual LOFTY AWARD for high endeavour in the Arts in Central Australia.

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CALLING ALL CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AND CURATORS

2017 Call Out

Ever thought about exhibiting, curating or undergoing an artist residency in Central Australia? Watch This Space is calling out to all contemporary artists/curators for exhibition proposals & residencies for our 2017 Creative Program

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

Positions available for 2017. Get in touch!

EXHIBITION PROGRAM

To exhibit between MARCH – OCTOBER 2017. Program open to artists of all disciplines and curators with great visions


APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY 31 OCTOBER, midnight


Watch this Space works to be a catalyst and conduit for conversations and experiments in the always-evolving languages of art. We support contemporary art dialogue in Mparntwe/Alice Springs both inside and outside a gallery space, encouraging, nurturing and promoting Central Australian and visiting artists.

Be a part of Watch This Space’s 2017 Creative Program
Watch This Space is a dynamic contemporary artist-run space with a long history in the desert of Central Australia. We support exhibitions for local and interstate, emerging and established artists with a focus on contemporary and experimental multi-arts disciplines. While we nurture broader contemporary themes, WTS also aims to stimulate discussion around issues that relate to our local context. Our program seeks experimental, innovative and conversation-inspiring art in all its forms. We offer professional and creative support, mentoring from our Curatorial Committee and the possibility to exhibit work offsite. The 2017 program also offers the opportunity to work alongside local community artists such as Tangentyere and Yarrenyty Arltere. We have a lively onsite studio community of local and visiting artists, large gallery space and outdoor performance area for exhibitions, happenings and events.

Exhibition Program
We are offering local, interstate and international artists, curators and community groups the opportunity to exhibit in our onsite gallery space. We welcome proposals for solo, collaborative or group exhibitions. Our gallery fee is $330 for 3 weeks or $165 a week if less than 3 weeks (inclusive of GST, not including $150 bond), however we recommend you take 3 weeks. Exhibiting artists will not only be given the opportunity to exhibit in our unique Central Australian gallery, but also benefit from the guidance and support of our Gallery Co-ordinator, Curatorial Committee and Board in developing their professional artistic practice.
Download a detailed exhibition information and application pack

Travelling Artist Residencies
Watch This Space reserves a studio for a visiting artist(s) with the aim of providing an affordable space for artists to focus, percolate ideas and develop work while deepening an appreciation of Central Australia. Residencies can include presentation opportunities but are not outcome-focused – we want to support, not pressure, our artists’ creative endeavors.

  • Cost: $110 inc GST per month. Length of stay is negotiable in advance.
  • Accommodation and transport is the responsibility of the artist to arrange.
  • Residency fee includes studio access, wifi, amenities at gallery, 24hr access.
  • WTS offers all residents creative, professional and practical support.

Your Travelling Artist Residency application must be submitted as a single PDF document to wts@wts.org.au, with all of the following information to be included.

  • Contact details: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email, Website
  • Cover letter explaining why you would like to do a residency in Alice Springs
  • Preferred dates/month
  • Five (5) images of recent work
  • Artist CV

If residency is to be undertaken by multiple artists, please send information for all artists involved.

For more information on our Exhibition Proposal Guidelines and Travelling Artist Residencies please visit our website or get in touch wts@wts.org.au

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Call for Nominations: The 4th Annual LOFTY Award


The Lofty Award

Nominations are now open for Watch this Space’s 4th annual LOFTY Award.

The award recognises a Central Australian artist that has, through their own artistic work and engagement in the local and broader artistic community, contributed to the artistic conversation of Alice Springs and beyond.
The Lofty winner is awarded $1000 prize money, the unique hand-crafted ‘Lofty’ and the opportunity to exhibit in 2015 at WTS with all gallery costs given for free.

The Lofty Award is named after the late Pamela Lofts, one of the founding members of Watch this Space ARI in 1993. It recognises her dedication to her arts practice, consistently producing works of a high quality across a variety of media, and her contribution to the development and exhibition of contemporary and experimental art and the cultural dialogue in Alice Springs and Central Australia.

Previous winners of the award are Franca Barraclough, David Nixon and Kieran Finnane.

Download the TheLofty-NominationForm-2014

Nominations close 4:21pm on Friday 28 November.

The winner will be announced at a gala event on Friday 5 December.

The Lofty Award is generously sponsored by Brian Tucker.

 Lofty award winners David Nixon and Franca Barraclough with WTS Chair Dan Murphy      Pam Lofts, WTS founder

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CALL OUT: Exhibition Proposals + Travelling Artist Residencies in 2015

Watch this Space ARI is now calling for artists and content for its 2015 exhibition and residency programs.

art eAlmanac LEADER WTS July 9

Watch this Space in Alice Springs NT is an artist-run initiative that focuses on developing and showcasing contemporary and experimental art in all its forms. It has been running since 1993, making it one of the oldest ARIs in Australia. Despite its modest population of only 25,000, Alice Springs hosts a vibrant and supportive arts community and culture.

Proposals for exhibitions are sought from local, national and international artists at any stage in their career.

Residencies for one month or longer can be applied for by residents living outside of Central Australia.

To apply or find more information about exhibition proposals and residencies click here.
Applications close 15 August.

artAlmanac 2015 print NEW_edited-2

as featured in artAlmanac (July 2014)

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