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AWESOME Arts 2014 Creative Challenge

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AWESOME Arts are looking for contemporary artists with experience working with young people in diverse and complex communities. Skills in facilitating storytelling would be ideal for our 2014 theme.

About Creative Challenge

Creative Challenge is AWESOME’s year round artist-in-residency program that celebrates the bright young things living in regional and remote Western Australia. Two artists take residence in each community for two weeks to share their knowledge and skills. The program is process-driven, involving participants in research, conceptual development, and creation of artwork that communicates the uniqueness of their community.

These residencies aim to spark creative play, independent thinking, and story telling, with our key aspiration being to give voice to young West Australian’s living in regional and remote communities. The program is renowned for offering high quality arts experiences, encouraging young people to consider their individual and collective community identity.

About the theme: Shaping Stories

Shaping Stories has been devised in partnership with the State Library of WA (SLWA). The concept, at its core, is to empower children and young people in regional and remote WA to share their stories - to tell us about who they are and where they come from, in their own way.

How storytelling unfolds with each community is wide-ranging; a narrative could be shared with words, pictures, puppets, animation, photography, sculpture, film, or performance. Tales could be told about people, places, local legends, dreams for the future….

We envisage that each community residency will culminate in a publication of some kind, which will become part of both the local community library, and the SLWA, collection (this could include their digital collection and website).

How to Apply

Please submit:

Response to Selection Criteria below (max 2 pages)

CV (1 page)

2 professional referee contacts

3 images of previous work and/or a link to a website

Deadline: 5pm Friday 31 Jan 2014

Submit by email to Lex Randolph, Community Cultural Development Manager:


Selection Criteria

1. Describe your arts practice, as it relates to contemporary process-driven community arts.

2. Drawing on your experience, explain how you would go about creatively engaging with children and young people in regional and remote WA.

3. Tell us how you would approach the 2014 project theme Shaping Stories. In  particular, describe how you might facilitate storytelling and exploration of local culture and identity in an innovative way using your own arts practice.

Further Information

Take a look at previous Creative Challenge Projects on our website at Successful artists are required to:

Attend a full day Training session in March

Provide a range of available dates for a two week residency between April and September 2014

Develop and implement a two-week creative project relating to the theme in collaboration with another artist (selected by AWESOME)

Host a celebration event in the local community at the culmination of the residency

Document the project with photo, film, and written report

Be available for phone and email communication with the CCD Manager throughout the year (minimal)

Attend a short debrief session post residency

For further information or any queries, please contact Lex on 61 8 9328 9666 or (Please note, the office will be unattended for 2 weeks over the Christmas/New Year period, but please leave a message and we will respond on our return in early January).

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