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WPCC picks five artists

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Artists have been selected for the Western Plains Cultural Centre’s Regional Art Space in 2010.
WPCC picks five artists
MEDIA RELEASE COURTESY OF: WESTERN PLAINS CULTURAL CENTRE Artists have been selected for the Western Plains Cultural Centre’s Regional Art Space in 2010. Applications have now been reviewed and the successful candidates decided by a panel of Western Plains Cultural Centre, Outback Arts and Orana Arts representatives to select the five artists who will exhibit in WPCC’s Regional Art Space in 2010. The annual Regional Art Space program invites submissions from artists across the state, with the main prerequisites being that applicants are based in regional New South Wales and their proposed exhibition is largely comprised of new or previously unexhibited work. After reviewing more than 20 applications in this year’s round, WPCC Acting Curator Kent Buchanan said the high standard made the selection process more difficult than ever. “We’ve been extremely pleased at the interest shown in the Regional Art Space this year. The enquiries that came in were consistently of a high quality. Not only does the Regional Art Space program offer an enormous opportunity for the artists selected, but to receive so many enquiries and applications from outside of our own region is a great acknowledgement of the state of the art facility we have in Dubbo and the reputation Western Plains Cultural Centre has gained in just a few short years”. Artists selected for WPCC’s Regional Art Space in 2010 are Rosalie Rigby of West Armidale, (8 May until 20 June), Tonya Graham of Millthorpe (26 June – 1 August), Leah-Nicole Torbay of Armidale (7 August – 19 September), Gil Pedrana of Dubbo (25 September – 7 November) and Katherine Sims from Stanwell Park, NSW (13 November – 6 Feb 2011). The Regional Art Space initiative is a partnership project between WPCC, Orana Arts and Outback Arts, conceived to allow regional artists an opportunity to gain experience in developing an exhibition from start to finish under the guidance of professional gallery staff. The benefits of exhibiting in such a high profile setting are insurmountable for the artists, who gain huge recognition form the experience. Regional Arts Development Officer Merryn Spencer encourages all local artists that didn’t make this year’s cut to consider reapplying next year. “The submission process takes a great deal of time and effort which is entirely different to the process of creating an artwork. You go through this gruelling process of putting your submission together in such detail and sometimes a knockback can be quite deflating. The key here is to allow enough time to prepare a really well-planned application and seek the advice of WPCC, Outback Arts and Orana Arts staff, all of whom understand the process and are willing and able to help our artists succeed.” Three of the artists selected for the RAS in 2009 were Dubbo-based, including Bill O’Shea, who exhibited earlier this year and has continued to receive strong recognition of his colourful work through his contribution to the Utes in the Paddock project near Condobolin, NSW. Penny Volkofsky’s exhibition “Singing” is currently on display in the Regional Art Space until 13 December and will be followed by Lara Scolari, the last of this year’s group with her exhibition “Latent” on from 18 December until 14 March 2010. For more information about applying for the Regional Art Space contact the RADO Merryn Spencer:

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Source: media release submitted to Arts Hub