Friday, April 3, 2009

everybody needs an artist

Brand new funky studio moves

Bill+George was left naked of artists this month when good fortune befell our favourite son Ben Riding and he took his boyish good looks back to the western frontier in preparation for a 6 month stint in Europe. Coinciding with others downsizing into shared space and the building of a new studio at the end means we have spaces available for your inspection and interest. 

Details are:
small studio $250 per month
large studio: $800 per month
Writers and online media creative workers: 200 per month

Studio rent includes all utilities, waste removal services, wireless internet and general upkeep and maintenance of the building.

Bill+George was discovered by a collective of homeless artists having lost their beloved wedding circle gallery and studio space in May 2006. Bill+George was stumbled across as a derelict unhygienic warehouse with no plumbing or electricity. It took a bank loan through a generous friend and lots of wall building and steep learning curves over a 12 month period to get where we are today - 12 artists working across fashion design, performance, writing, visual arts, digital media and film making. And one very pretty Tango dancer.

Being an artist run space, rents are kept low in exchange for a flexible work environment. We sometimes hold events like film screenings or performance nights or rehearsals in the main space. We aim for a balance between a studious and professional work space where people earn a living, and bending the rules a little bit in the spirit of good looking conversation; a space where new ideas and collaborations can take off.

We share kitchen and meeting space, a ridiculously oversized and decked out bathroom, and feature big barn doors that open up onto to next doors Argentinean like vista. All in the heart of Redfern, fast becoming the next hot inner city hamlet (for wankers) The above spaces are also very hot and will fast be disappearing. So send an email with details about your practice, how many days a week you work, what kind of sounds you make while you work, and how big your commitment is and which space you have your beady eyes on.

Kiss club
So we had some kissing action at last months KISS CLUB curated by our favourite performance provok-couture Kaz Therese. Alarmingly beautiful performative encounters by local kids Alexandra Harrison, Ahil Ratnomohan, Martin delAmo and interstate galactic stellar show offs by melbournians Anna Leizbit, and Sivan Gabriellavich. Thanks also to Anne Maree Daziel who shared stories in conversation with Kaz Therse where we learnt how milking cos can lead to great things in Campbelltown Art Center (THE VERY BEST THINGS IN FACT)
Watch this space: more kissing to come

Check these hot offers out if you are young and emerging.
(If you are slow and stagnant, forgettaboutiiiitttt)

Runway submissions: April 15
Emerging Producers Mentorship: April 17
Splendid ArtsLab: May 4
Nighttime Petty Theft proposals: May 4
First draft proposals: May 15

Splendid: Call for Artists
Can you develop an idea that will inspire thousands?
Apply now for our 2009 Splendid Arts Lab.

Splendid 2009 is seeking agents of creative change for 3 weeks of bending art forms and collaboration to create new works for 2010 Splendour in the Grass festival. Splendid is a residential arts laboratory for those interested in cross-artform practice, designed to allow for a diverse range of artists to intersect, exchange and unfold ideas.

Splendid is open to young and emerging artists (under 30 years or in the first 5 years of their practice) who work in the visual arts, theatre, dance, design, installation, architecture, digital media, sound, text, community arts and other creative pursuits.

Applications due: 4pm Monday 4 May 2009
Arts Lab: 20 July to 7 August, 2009
Commission proposals: February 2010
Splendour Installation: July 2010

To apply visit and download the guidelines, selection criteria and application form.

Emerging Producer Mentorships
10 mentorships for emerging producers, agents, gallery dealers and rights managers available through the Australia Council for the Arts opportunities for young and emerging artists program.
For a period of 18 months the selected candidates will have the opportunity to work directly alongside one of the following industry leaders:
The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Vic.
Arts Projects Australia, Adelaide, SA
Desart, Alice Springs, NT
Fremantle Press, Perth, WA
Marguerite Pepper Productions, Sydney, NSW
Object - Australian Centre for Craft and Design Sydney, NSW
Performance Space, Sydney, NSW
Ten Days on the Island, Hobart, Tas.
Text Publishing, Melbourne, Vic.
Woodford Folk Festival, Qld

Applications close 5pm 17 April, 2009.
Mentorships will commence June 2009.

Performance Space presents: Nighttime PETTY THEFT
Call for short works to be presented at Carriageworks on June 19
Check out the website for more detail or download the pdf here


runway is an independent, not-for-profit publication managed by a group of Sydney-based artists, writers and curators. runway supports and presents practices that are experimental, conceptually driven and community based; and promotes and encourages critical dialogue within the local art community. An integral component of runway is the themed artist pageworks section, which encourages artists to conceptualise new projects within the published format.

We are now calling for proposals and submissions for ISSUE 14 | FUTURES.
runway accepts submissions from contemporary visual artists, writers and curators. Emerging and early career practitioners are particularly encouraged to submit.
Submissions should address the theme of the issue, however lateral approaches to the theme are encouraged.


PLEASE NOTE: there are two deadlines for this issue. The first deadline is for writers proposing to submit feature articles, interviews, reviews and other critical texts. The second is the deadline for the approved proposals for writing, and for final submissions from artists.

For more information and to download submission guidelines please go to

Firstdraft call for proposal
Firstdraft is currently accepting proposals for its Exhibition, Emerging Artist Studio and Emerging Curators Programs for the second half of 2009.

Emerging Curators Program:
• A three-week exhibition in the whole gallery (including promotion and opening costs)
• Access to and assistance with Firstdraft's equipment and resources
• Funding and assistance for the production of a small catalogue to accompany the
show and towards curatorial costs

• Exhibition proposals are invited from individuals and groups, artists and curators

Emerging Artist Studio Program:
• A studio space on the ground floor of Firstdraft for eleven weeks
• A three-week exhibition at Firstdraft upon completion of the program
For more information please download application forms at
or email
Applications for the new Firstdraft/Runway Emerging Writers Program will be available shortly.
Applications close: 6pm Friday 15 May 2009

Firstdraft is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our dynamic team. Volunteering is a fantastic way to gain experience working in a gallery, looks great on your resume, shows initiative and will provide you with new skills and an increased insight into the contemporary arts community.

As a not-for-profit, independent artist-run gallery for emerging artists and curators we provide a space for a diverse range of practices and projects. As well as the ongoing exhibition program, our current projects include the Emerging Curator program, an on-site Studio program, and an Artists Talks series.

Firstdraft is run by a board of artists and curators on a volunteer basis and has done so, with a rotating directorship, for 23 years. Current directors are Di Smith, Kelly Doley, Cy Norman, Will French, Connie Anthes, Debbie Pryor, Kate Scardifield and Jessica Tyrrell.

If you would like to get involved or for more information, please contact Grace Archibald, Firstdraft Volunteer Coordinator, at
116-118 Chalmers St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
t: +61 (0)2 9698 3665 e:
Firstdraft opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12-6pm

Firstdraft is supported by Arts NSW and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Firstdraft is supported by Bristol.

Firstdraft is a non-profit gallery run on a voluntary basis by a group of practising artists. It is one of the longest running and most successful artist-run initiatives in Australia. Firstdraft asserts the importance of contemporary art production, dissemination and discussion in society, providing a stimulating exhibition space that is professional and accessible for a diverse range of artistic practices and projects.