Orana Arts | Left of Field Project 2 (2015-18)
The aim of LFP2 is to build the skills and confidence of local Aboriginal artists, providing them access to professional Aboriginal artists who work in a contemporary way. It’s challenging the stereotypes of Aboriginal artists and giving them the freedom to express their individuality in new mediums and different concepts.
LFP2 was an intensive 18-month program for artists, working individually and as a collective, to explore and challenge their artistic practice. The artists were supported by leading Aboriginal contemporary artists: Jason Wing, Blak Douglas, Nicole and Chico Monks and Jonathan Jones – and co-curators Khaled Sabsabi from Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Emily McDaniel.
The artists found the exchange both challenging and rewarding through the shared process of creating and developing work for the final exhibition, Wala-gaay. The process of developing new work and showcasing a growing creative and professional capacity continued with the exhibition Faith at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Wala-gaay | Fire Station Arts Centre, Dubbo
Wala-gaay in the Wiradjuri language refers to the bare part of the tree where bark has been stripped off. Wala-gaay was an evolution of trust, conversations, unique stories and experiences that evolved into the creation of new contemporary works that provoked and challenged the notion of contemporary art, Aboriginal art and art produced by regional artists in regional settings. Wala-gaay‘s audience response was beyond expectations, with positively glowing reviews from the local audience and leading arts magazines, from major institutions and fellow artists.
View the exhibition catalogue here
Faith | Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula
Coordinated by Orana Arts and in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Faith presented newly commissioned works by participating artists from the Left Field Project. The exhibition presented an artistic exploration of the 1967 Referendum, its people and impact. Inspired by activist Faith Bandler AC (1918 – 2015) who was instrumental in the fight for acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, the artists have responded to Faith as a person and broader ideas of faith in the individual and society.
LFP2 emerging artists have pursued solo shows and other group exhibitions. In 2017 Paris Norton exhibited at First Draft in Sydney as part of walan yinaagirbang | strong women and Aleshia Lonsdale has had exhibitions at Artisan on Lewis in Mudgee and the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo (as part of HomeGround).
“The Left Field Project 2 is a visionary, essential, critical, holistic, long-term and ongoing mentorship program, which has significantly increased the quality and professionalism of contemporary artists in regional Australia… I wish that I had received such a valuable boost to my career as an emerging artist that LFP2 has provided.”
— Jason Wing, mentor artist
For more information about LFP2, visit oranaarts.com.