LOFTYS Line-Up Announced

Our saucy MC for the night

✖   F L A N G I P A N I

THE LOFTY WINNER’S TROPHY

made by our very own Chairperson

✖   Dan Murphy

GUEST SPEAKERS

Beloved Previous Lofty Winners

✖   Renowned Arts Writer, Kieran Finnane

✖   Multi-disciplinary Artist, J9 Stanton

MUSIC

✖   Sooji Kim & Dave Williams

✖   MS XAVIA

✖   RESIN MOON
performing with a secret sexy someone…

✖   The Not Real Cowboys – Lonesome Twosome

✖   BEC MATTHEWS & KING MARONG

✖   E d w a r d    F r a n c i s    ( D J s e t )

✖   D J     S e ñ o r     P á t o

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The Loftys 2014

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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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This fertile space between us

The fertile space between us

By KIERAN FINNANE

Alice Springs is often seen as a town beset by racial division and conflict, but its creative culture can tell a different story. Looking back over three decades I find an already rich history of intersection and collaboration, in work by visual artists, writers and thinkers, designers and producers. This history shows the potential of  re-imagining the future in this community.

This is an edited version of a talk that I gave recently at Watch This Space, the artist-run initiative founded in Alice Springs in 1993. I was speaking as the recipient of last year’s LOFTY Award, named in honour of the late Pamela Lofts, a founding member of the Space, its first coordinator, and an important desert artist. I was honoured to have the LOFTY  acknowledge my contribution to the arts in Alice Springs through my writing. From the start I thought that the scope of whatever I did on this occasion should take a long view, a perspective gained through the two and a half decades that I’ve spent in Alice Springs. From there it didn’t take me long to arrive at wanting to address ‘this space between us’ – ‘us’ being as broad as the people of Central Australia, with the ‘space between’ implying the dichotomies of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal life and cultural production.

I have called the talk ‘The fertile space between us’, but how is the space ‘fertile’? you may ask. What’s the evidence? Most days a visitor arriving in Alice Springs might look around and think that it’s an almost vacant space or at best put it under the heading ‘can do better‘. Generally I would agree, and a good part of my meaning, in choosing the word ‘fertile’, is in its idea of latency – there is important work, and a great deal of it, to be done here. But the ground, ‘this space between us’ so rich in potential, has already yielded some fine fruit.

You can read the full article here [at Alice Springs News] 

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