Workshop in July

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International artists, Alex Ressel and Kerri Meehan, are running a collaborative film making workshop looking at Nuclear waste storage and storytelling called Consequences. The program is based on a series of workshops the two artists have been holding in London about DIY sound production methods. 

You can find more information about their London-based workshops here. More info about the Alice Springs workshop to come.

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Opportunity for Local Artists: Space to Sell Your Work

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We are holding a “Lawn Sale” to fundraise for some exciting changes. This will be a little market place at our space with Live Music, coffee, food and lots of awesome stalls!Stalls are only $25 to hire

Anyone is welcome! Whether you want to sell your pre-loved clothes, household items, your art, craft, tasty treats, anything at all, you can hire a stall.

Contact us at the gallery wts@wts.org.au to arrange a space. Get in while there’s still spots left!

Lawn Sale: Saturday 13th May 11am-2pm

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Opportunity for Local Artists to Exhibit: Zine Fair

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Time to get bizzy for Strange Careers Zine Fair. The world needs Your Unique Voice; why wait for a publisher to observe your disturbing brilliance and/or endearing mediocrity?

Zines can be self-published stories/comics/single-page drawings, flip-books, posters, postcards….sky’s the limit really.

Contact us at the gallery wts@wts.org.au to arrange to make use of the Watch This Space photocopier and other facilities when compiling your work.

The Zine Fair will take place on Thursday 25th May, 4:30-8pm

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Opportunity for Local Artists to Exhibit

60,000 Artists

Watch This Space (WTS) and Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) are holding a fundraiser exhibition to raise awareness of Climate Change and support the work both organisations contribute to the community.

You are invited to create and exhibit an artwork that responds to the article: Why Climate Change Needs 60,000 Artists . This article suggests that artists are an integral component of communicating the implications of climate change more effectively to the broader community.

We are asking artists of all mediums to contribute to this collaborative exhibition; painters, photographers, sculptors, woodworkers, textile artists, poets, musicians, performance and multi media artists.

Artists can choose to keep a percentage of the sale profits or generously donate all proceeds to ALEC and WTS.

Applications due: Monday 17 April
Download application form

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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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CALL OUT for 21st Birthday Members Show, SQUARED

Entries close 4pm, Friday 11 July [extended from 27 June]

It’s our 21st year and we are celebrating! How?
With a big group exhibition of works from YOU our awesome members.
Not a member and want to contribute? No problem. Read on.

Entry Requirements:
Theme: ‘Watch This Space’ – whatever that means to you.
Restrictions:
1) All works MUST be SQUARE in shape, maximum size 50 x 50 cm.
2) 2D works preferred. Square plinth-based works may be considered.
3) One entry per person, but you can enter up to 3 artworks with the one entry. [Generous offer!]

Entry fee: $33 inc GST (for up to 3 works), includes one year WTS membership.

Download entry form: WTS Members Show entry form

Entries to: wts@wts.org.au or PO Box 8405, Alice Springs NT 0871

Key dates:
Entries close 4pm, Friday 11 July.
Artworks to be received by 4pm, Tuesday 22 July.
Opening night – 6pm, Friday 1 August
Until Saturday 30 August

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