Call out for Footscray’s Artsbox Artist in Residence program

Published on 08 September 2017

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A vibrant, intimate, and creative space that was once an old shipping container is Council’s beautiful ‘Artsbox’, home to a series of artists-in-residence throughout the year. Located in the forecourt of Footscray Library on Paisley Street, artists use the space to further develop their arts practice, test and explore ideas, and through their explorations provide the local community with a chance to engage with a variety of arts participation activities.

The Artsbox Artist in Residence program has a strong focus on community engagement and participation, and successful artists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the space.

Engagement activities range from artists having an open-studio policy where passers-by can drop in for a chat and find out more about what the artist is working on, and often there are more involved activities on offer, including workshops, artist talks, and participation activities to collaborate on larger pieces of work.

Artsbox is a versatile space for emerging, mid-career and professional artists; artists of all genres and mediums are welcome to apply however the space works at its best for visual based artists and creatives needing an intimate space to work.

The shipping container has been in place for four years and the Footscray community has seen a myriad of artists come and go in that time.

Melbourne-based social documentary photographer and writer Christine McFetridge was a resident of Artsbox last month. She said that the program allowed her to learn a lot about why she does what she does and where she wants her photographic practice to progress to next.

“Artist residencies are extremely important because they offer an artist resources they might not normally have daily access to, such as dedicated time to make work, a space to work from and financial support,” Christine said.

“The Artsbox is a very comfortable studio space and facilitates all practices and this is conducive to making good work. Its proximity to the library and the friendly staff who work there is also very handy for research,” Christine continued.

Council is currently putting together the 2018 Artist in Residence program for Artsbox. Applications close at 5pm on 27 September. Artists in all stages of their career, working across all mediums are invited to submit an application. 

Christine encourages artists at any level, whether visual, performers or writers to apply, especially those who are interested in working with the community.

“Take advantage of any opportunity that’s offered to you, you never know how the experience will inform your practice or lead to something like a collaborative project or exhibition,” Christine said.

Fill out an online application now.

Word from the Mayor, Cr Catherine Cumming

The City of Maribyrnong is dynamic and creative – it truly is a thriving cultural hub.

The arts being produced by our community are of the highest standard and it’s initiatives like Artsbox that help build the foundation for these standards.

By providing the community with these creative spaces, I only see a bright, successful future for the visual arts in our community.

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