World Heritage Artist in Residence
SUCCESSFUL ARTIST ANNOUNCED: WORLD HERITAGE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
MAGDA WEGRZYN, Torun Poland
Wegrzyn is a visual artist and independent curator, living and working in Torun, Poland.
She obtained her MA in 2012 from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Nicolaus Copernicus University. Her artistic practice addresses connections between visual perception, technology and communication calling upon a tangible contact during processes of interaction. Her research addresses the notion of image – noise – and ambiguity of visual phenomena in the medium of painting.
For the inaugural World Heritage Artist in Residence program Wegrzyn will develop a body of work called ERROR STRATEGY.
Its concept is based on Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson’s exploration and crossing of the Blue Mountains area and its twofold consequences: The achievement of successfully navigating extremely challenging terrain and finding access to new land for agricultural purposes on the one hand and the dispossession of the traditional owners of the land and destruction of their culture on the other. The ‘Crossing’ is more inclined to commemorate, rather than celebrate. Wegrzyn is intrigued by this duality of ‘exploration’ and through her exhibition will investigate the idea of errors made in past exploration of new territory and its implication for future generations.
In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will launch The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program in June 2015. This program consists of a 6-week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, sponsored by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Emerging, mid-career and established visual artists working in any medium from Australia and overseas are encouraged to apply.
The aim of the program is to support excellence and innovation in the development of new work and to facilitate professional development opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists in a nurturing environment. The residency encourages artists to draw inspiration from one of the world’s most environmentally and historically significant locations – The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The Blue Mountains have always been of inspiration for many well known artists, who produced works which are now held in Australia’s most significant galleries and collections. The World Heritage Artist in Residency Program provides a platform for artists to create new, quality work, to preserve and interpret the history of the Blue Mountains, to educate current and future generations and to continue the great legacy of artists who have been inspired by the Blue Mountains. Artists are required to submit a concept proposal in their application form, outlining what they are planning to produce for the exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.
ABOUT BigCi – Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives
BigCi, located in Bilpin, Blue Mountains, is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency. BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Film, and Hybrid Arts. Artists undertake BigCi residencies to develop ideas, create new work or to deepen their existing art practice. BigCi is a large 8-acre property, right on the doorstep of Wollemi National Park, in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, about one and a half hours drive from Sydney. Located along the dramatic Botanists Way, BigCi is within easy reach by car from the world famous Blue Mountains National Park and the stunning Gardens of Stone National Park.
Top Image: BEN PEARSE Moody Blue 2014, image courtesy the artist