Constant Ecology is a series of in-home residencies commissioned by BLINDSIDE, CAVES, KINGS Artist-Run and West Space during lockdown.




About Constant Ecology



In 2020 the various cultural, economic, environmental and global ecologies we find ourselves in are undergoing major upheavals and transformations. From the unprecedented bushfires to the global pandemic, these changes to our contingent and fragile ecology require urgent reflection and critical scrutiny. In response, four independent art organisations—BLINDSIDE, CAVES, KINGS Artist-Run and West Space—have developed Constant Ecology, a collaborative initiative that seeks to address this current moment by supporting a series of in-home residencies by artists and creatives based in Victoria.

Constant Ecology will commission eight artists to undertake a two-month, at-home residency during this period of isolation, to allow artists to think-through, unpack and creatively respond to the current ecological crisis in all of its manifestations. Each artist will be assigned a liaison who will act as a point of contact to support resident artists where appropriate. While the project is not outcomes-focused, we aim to make the lines of inquiry established by each artist accessible to a public through a range of public programs and an exhibition to take place in October - November of 2020*.




* Note that this is a tentative date pending the duration of lockdown and the organisations’ access to appropriate spaces. Additional exhibition support will be made available in the instance of an exhibition.



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Residency Guidelines and Eligibility



BLINDSIDE, CAVES, KINGS Artist-Run and West Space are calling for artists and creatives to propose projects that creatively and critically respond to the thematic of ecology. These projects will be developed through a residency in their own home in June to August 2020.

Eight artists will be selected to undertake an at-home residency. Successful applicants will receive a $3,500 artist fee, and will be assigned a key liaison from one of the commissioning organisations. Participating artists will have an opportunity to connect with each other remotely as a group. There is an opportunity for public presentation towards the end of 2020, pending public health and safety recommendations. 

Creative and critical response to the theme of ecology may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:




Residency Details


Artist Fee: $3500 per participant
Location: Victoria
Residency Duration: June - August 2020
Exhibition/Public Outcomes: Public component to take place in November/October, 2020*

Timeline
︎ Friday April 24: Applications Open
︎Friday May 15: Applications Close
︎Monday May 25: Applicants will be notified of outcomes
︎Monday June 1: Residency Commences


Elegibility


︎Priority will be given to artists facing financial or social hardships during this time. This may include: lost income, mental health impacts, carer responsibilities, immunocompromised people, artists with disabilities, First Nations artists
︎Applicants must be based in Victoria
︎Propose a critical and creative response to the theme of ecology
︎Engage a readiness to partake in the opportunity
︎Provide potential to develop your practice in new ways
︎Show evidence of relevant skills and experience

For all queries please email us at: constantecology@gmail.com

Constant Ecology Information (PDF)




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Constant Ecology Organisations



BLINDSIDE 
CAVES
KINGS Artist-Run
West Space




Constant Ecology Liaisons


The following liaisons will be supporting applications for this residency
︎Storm Gold and Kathryne Honey (CAVES)
︎Andy Butler and Tamsen Hopkinson (West Space)
︎Jake Treacy and Chloé Hazelwood (BLINDSIDE)
︎Jeremy Eaton and Ashley Perry (KINGS Artist-Run)




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