‘Free the art!’: artist in dialogue with state collection highlights gaps in digital access

A recent artist residency has looked into levels of online access to artworks held in Australian art collections. The results reveal there is more work to do in this space.
Interior view of a gallery space at the Tate Britain museum showing a series of 17th century oil paintings in decorative frames.

As Melbourne artist Ana Tiquia reflects on her recent SPACED artist residency undertaken in the tiny regional town of Esperance, WA, she recalls how frequently processes of free exchange and sharing occurred during her time there, and how these practices ultimately came to shape her residency’s final outcome.

‘My project became an exploration of the giving and sharing practices that are often so important in sustaining smaller regional and rural communities,’ Tiquia says, referencing the simple cooperative acts that can prove vital to the fabric of small town rural life, but that often don’t show up in larger urban centres.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).