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Orana Arts Opens the Left Field Project



Orana Arts encourages Aboriginal artists in the region to apply for the Left Field Project (LFP). This opportunity is available to Aboriginal artists across the Orana region which covers the Dubbo, Narromine, Gilgandra, Mid-Western and Warrumbungle local government areas.

Successful applicants of the LFP will work alongside an established contemporary Aboriginal artist over an 8-month period to produce a significant artwork for presentation at the Fire Station Art Centre as well as other regional venues during 2014.

Works produced will also be considered for inclusion in Cementa_15, a biennial festival of Australian contemporary art held in Kandos, NSW. The LFP will place 4 established and industry recognised contemporary Aboriginal artists alongside 4 regional artists. Over the period of the project, the participating artists will communicate with each other regularly and the established artist will provide advice and suggest ways in which the emerging artist can take their practice in new directions.

“The Left Field Project will give regional artists a valuable insight into the art practices of a professional and established contemporary artist. A broader understanding of the language of contemporary art is particularly powerful in perceiving and describing contemporary social realities and as such it is a powerful tool in advocating for social change and the improvement of conditions within the contexts that it describes,” said Melissa Ryan, Aboriginal Arts Development Officer for Orana Arts.

“This is a great opportunity for local artists to work with established Aboriginal contemporary artists to produce works that are meaningful to the communities out of which they arise,” Melissa explained.

Also working on the project is Alex Wisser, a professional photographer and Creative Director of Cementa_15 who will document the Left Field Project through a series of photographs that will also form part of the showcase exhibition. Alex perceives “the challenge in cultivating contemporary art in the regions and Aboriginal communities in particular, resides in the lack of access to the culture and languages developing elsewhere in the arts.”

He goes on to say, “Contemporary Aboriginal art is one of the strongest voices in Australian art today.”



Expressions of Interest: will be accepted until Monday 29 July, 2013

Forms Available:

Contact: Melissa Ryan on 0409 245 020 /


Funding for The Left Field Project has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts & Sport Office for the Arts-Indigenous Culture Support.