2020 Exhibition program

Expressions of Interest are now open for the 2020 City of Yarra Exhibition Program 

Ros Sultan install image
Image: Installation view of Ros Sultan's A Linear Narrative exhibition, at Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library. Photo by J. Forsyth.

We are seeking innovative and engaging artists to exhibit within Richmond Town Hall, Fitzroy Library, Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy and Carlton Library Light Boxes as part of our 2020 exhibition program. Applicants can propose one space only as part of any application. Alternatively applicants can submit multiple applications for distinct exhibitions tailored to each exhibition space.

Expressions of Interest close: Monday 2 September 

How to Apply

Expression of Interest are to be submitted through Smarty Grants.

Submissions will be assessed on the following criteria:
• Innovative and engaging art forms and practice
• Works of high quality presented in a professional manner
• Works that fit within the limitations of the exhibition spaces (Carlton Library Light Box
submissions - responsive to the site and/or format of the light boxes)
• All works proposed in submission must be available for exhibition
• Carlton Library Light Box Program submissions only: Photographic, digital or other
works that demonstrate suitability to the Duratrans medium and the illuminated aesthetic and display

Richmond Town Hall, Fitzroy Library and Bargoonga Nganjin Exhibitions 

Richmond Town Hall, Fitzroy Library and Bargoonga Nganjin exhibitions are programmed for approximately 12 weeks duration. A fee is paid to successful applicants to contribute towards the exhibition development and presentation costs. Applicants may submit one exhibition proposal as part of the Application process for one of each of the three locations.

Richmond Town Hall

Richmond Town Hall, located at 333 Bridge Road, plays an important role in the delivery of services to the community. Members of our community attend the town hall for a variety of reasons including Council and community meetings, functions and on Council business.

The exhibition spaces at Richmond Town Hall are on the upper floor and consist of three meeting rooms with alcoves and a corridor.

Two exhibitions will be selected for Richmond Town Hall for a duration of approximately 12 weeks each. Dates of exhibitions will be scheduled between February-April 2020 and November 2020-January 2021, in consultation with the successful applicants.

Technical support towards the installation will be provided. A stipend of $1250 will be paid to each exhibition selected for the full space as well as promotional support.
The exhibition spaces at Richmond Town Hall can be viewed during business hours Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm (ask for access at the reception and please note the meeting rooms are only accessible when there are no meetings or other business taking place).

Fitzroy Library

Fitzroy Library is located at 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy.

The exhibition space consists of 12 wall mounted glass cases in a busy corridor which leads to the library meeting rooms and staff offices. The cases are suitable for two dimensional works (particularly series of work), jewellery, small sculptural objects and historical exhibitions.

Four exhibitions will be selected for Fitzroy Library for a duration of 12 weeks each. Installation will be managed by the exhibiting individuals/groups unless requested otherwise (labelling will be covered in kind by Council) and access will be organised in coordination with Arts & Cultural Services and Yarra Libraries. 

A stipend of $650 will be provided to each selected artist/group to support an exhibition. The available spaces are February-April, May-July, August-October, November– January 2021.

Library spaces can be viewed during opening hours.

Bargoonga Nganjin

Bargoonga Nganjin is located at 182 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy. It includes a Library, Maternal and Child Heath Centre, community rooms and rooftop garden.

The exhibition space consists of one curved wall in a busy area within the ground floor foyer which leads to the children’s library, library meeting rooms and reception. The wall is suitable for framed works installed on hanging track, two dimensional installations and/or custom paste up, wallpaper or mural/drawing works. An optional addition to the wall are the two transparent wall cavity cases which are suitable for suspended two dimensional works (particularly series of work), jewellery, small sculptural objects and historical exhibitions.

Four exhibitions will be selected for Bargoonga Nganjin for a duration of 12 weeks each. 

Installation will be managed by the exhibiting individuals/groups unless otherwise negotiated (exhibition labels will be covered in kind by Council) and access will be organised in coordination with Arts & Cultural Services and Yarra Libraries. A stipend of $1000 will be provided to each selected artist/group to support an exhibition.

Library spaces can be viewed during opening hours.

Carlton Library Light Box Public Art Program

We are calling for artists to exhibit a series of four works at Carlton Library, as part of the Carlton Library Light Box Public Art Program. The Light Boxes are visible and illuminated during the evening hours from dusk.

Carlton Library is located at 667 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton. The Light Box installation is located on the south wall of the library, along Newry Street near the junction of Rathdowne Street.

Two series of four works will be selected and exhibited for six months each in 2020.

Site Considerations

This is an opportunity to create a unique artistic statement on a busy, inner city street. Artists should be mindful of the key audience for the Light Boxes that includes users of the Carlton Library, local residents, pedestrians, nearby business patrons and commuters along Rathdowne Street.

Artwork Lifespan

Due to the nature of the materials and working with UV light in an outdoor environment, the selected artworks will be displayed on a rotation to ensure the lifespan of each print is maximised. By rotating the works, it is hoped the prints will last up to 15 years at least and will be displayed multiple times over this period. The artworks will be printed on photographic Duratrans.

Council will retain ownership of the works and they may be accessioned into Yarra’s Art Collection.

Artist Fee

Each selected artist will receive a fee of $2,000 (excluding GST).

This fee is inclusive of all costs involved with the creation of the works including artist fee, production of digital files to specifications for printing, transport and administration etc.

Council will manage and cover the costs associated with printing the Duratrans and installation, however the artist will be required to liaise with the appointed supplier in regards to supplying files and overseeing test prints.

For further information about the 2020 City of Yarra Exhibition Program:

If you have any questions about the exhibition program please contact Louisa Marks, Visual Arts Officer on 9205 5029 or by email at Louisa.Marks@yarracity.vic.gov.au 
For the Carlton Library Light Box Program contact Karra Rees, Public Arts Officer on 9205 5404 or by email at Karra.Rees@yarracity.vic.gov.au

 

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