Country Arts SA is looking for visual artists on the brink of the next step in their career to apply for a specially created development program to be held in Adelaide over three days during the 2017 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.
Eight regionally-based artists will be selected to participate in the program that will include gallery visits, critical feedback sessions, professional development workshops, forums and networking opportunities with both metropolitan and regional artists.
NEBULA 2017 is a reincarnation of the biennial Professional Development Road Trip from 2015 which forged networks among artists across the state.
Victor Harbor-based artist Care Vaughn attended Road Trip 2015 and said results from the program were still evident among its participants.
“The Country Arts SA Road Trip program was an amazing way to connect regional artists which encouraged partnerships and collaborations,” she said.
“It was an invaluable opportunity to converse and bounce off each other’s creative energy and this connection has since caused a ripple effect.
“We continue to support and challenge each other in our work and provide valuable feedback, long after the conclusion of the program and have forged long-term friendships out of our art practices which encourage further collaborative creative work.”
Western Eyre arts and cultural development officer Jayne Holland said she encouraged local artists to apply.
“It is a great program, so I would encourage West Coast artists to apply for the opportunity to take part in the program.”
Country Arts SA visual arts coordinator Eleanor Scicchitano said while the last program was well-received and valuable to its participants, it was important to continue to make any alterations necessary to ensure it remained beneficial for the successful applicants.
“Fewer artists will be selected this time around so that there’ll be more time for individual attention,” she said.
“The program will be tailored according to what the applicants want to learn.
“It will also be particularly useful preparation for those aiming to apply for future awards.”
The program has also been timed to coincide with the SALA Forum on Saturday, August 19 and participants will be encouraged to attend the forum before heading home.
Search NEBULA 2017 to download an application form at www.countryarts.org.au before Monday, July 3 at 5pm.
The program runs from Wednesday, August 16 to Friday, August 18.
Applicants have the option of staying overnight on the Friday, with accommodation provided, to attend SALA the following day.