Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wow. And more wow.

Our little space is going through some exciting rough and tumble. New crew moving in, new projects brewing, new events on the horizon. How do you keep up with it all! Sometimes you just don't. And you just let it happen.
Bek just returned from the splendid arts lab with guns blazing. Now she has us all champing at the bit for collaborative cross art forming. We will do our best. Check out the web blog

Lots of stuff happening. See below:
1. The good people at First draft need help for fire safety modification to building (God we know what that feels like). Attend, donate, give, believe. It's only all of us, so pull some weight. 
2. Indigenous artists attention: Indiglab calling out for artists of indigenous heritage also incubate program at PACT and NAISDA auditions. Yaama!!
3. Opportunity for Mural artistes making something at local and great ARI locksmith
4. Urban Theatre projects calling out for artists to apply to their residency program. Yo.


Recently named by Creative Sydney as one of the cities’ top ‘Creative Catalysts’, Firstdraft Gallery - Sydney’s longest-running ARI - has been giving big breaks to budding artists since 1986. Some of Australia’s top young artists got their start at Firstdraft. Now we need your help.

Firstdraft lives in a building that has been served with a compulsory Council fire order. In the coming weeks and months, we must undertake significant renovations to our much-loved space in order to keep our doors open to the public.

Firstdraft will be rebuilding, rewiring and providing disabled access to our 3 galleries and 2 studios. And for that we need money we don’t have. Imagine if Firstdraft were to close... future biennale stars, gallery curators and the next generation of up-and-coming artists may not get the start they need.

That’s where you come in. Firstdraft is holding an emergency fundraiser auction at the gallery on Thursday 3 September 2009 to raise $20,000 for the cause. Former Firstdraft directors and artists, as well as fellow galleries, are rushing to donate artworks for auction in support of one of Sydney’s most important venues for emerging and experimental art. The auction will be hosted by Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art.

We need your support too. Come along and snap up some killer bargains. Tell your friends. Get involved! Every dollar raised will go to keeping alive a space that has added to the cultural vibrancy and creative spirit of Sydney for over two decades.

Further information:

What: SAVE FIRSTDRAFT fundraiser art auction

When: Thursday, 3 September 2009 from 6-9pm [previews available from 12pm Wednesday 2 September 2009]

Where: Firstdraft gallery, 116-118 Chalmers St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Who: Works have been generously donated by artists and galleries such as: Del Kathryn Barton, Mike Parr, Lauren Brincat, Sarah Goffman, Simon Kennedy, Brett East, Tom Polo, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Michaela Gleave, Mikala Dwyer, Helen Hyatt-Johnston, Jake Walker, Jessica Maurer, Rachel Scott, Newell Harry, Mitch Cairns, Penelope Benton, Jess Oliveri, Sonny Day, Rod Jacka, Lionel Bawden, Jumaadi, Will French, Kate Scardifield, Shane Haseman, Gallery9, Breenspace and Damien Minton gallery, plus many many more.

Fundraiser contact: Debbie Pryor, Co-Director, Firstdraft gallery m: 0423 103 378 / e:

Media contact: Jessica Tyrrell, Co-Director, Firstdraft gallery m: 0406 690 824 / e:


Applications are now open for IndigeLab 2009 – a two-week residential arts laboratory for Indigenous artists led by Wesley Enoch, Brook Andrew and company. Artists who work in different artforms from around Australia are invited to participate in a challenging environment of exchange, experiment and play. 

Bundanon, South Coast, NSW
31 October–13 November, 2009

Deadline for applications: 31 August, 2009
More information: contact or (02) 8571 9111

PACT Centre for Emerging Artists

From 24 Aug–18 Sept, PACT is running Incubate, a performance laboratory for emerging Indigenous artists. Part creative development, part mentorship, Incubate will involve a small ensemble of performance makers participating in a creative process; plus independent time for artists to work in the PACT space with a mentor.

Expressions of interest by 15 August, 2009
More information: contact (02) 9550 5744 or 


Don’t miss this year’s NAISDA Audition Program from 7–9 October, 2009 at NAISDA Dance College on the Central Coast. 

If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander aged 18-30 you can audition for NAISDA and it’s free. No dance experience or school qualifications required. Travel, accommodation and meals all covered by Abstudy. The October auditions program is the only way into NAISDA next year.

More information: freecall 1800 117 116 or visit 

Hey everyone,

This is a call out for anyone interested in creating a new mural for  
the wall in Locksmith?s backyard. We have a 2m x 5m wall that needs a  
makeover for the next exhibition and publication launch opening on the  
3rd of September.

This is a great opportunity for you to get creative and get some  
exposure at a Sydney artist-run space.

Let us see your ideas!!!!

Send us an image if you have one, otherwise please give us a detailed  
written proposal of your idea.

Locksmith Directors

UTP is seeking proposals from artists for our 2010 Intersection Residency. UTP will support the research or creative development of new performance work that is a synthesis of artists, idea, site and public dialogue. Based at UTP rehearsal space in Bankstown, artists are encouraged to explore strong new ideas that resonate with our company purpose and are driven by an artistic inquiry. 

UTP will provide up to $15,000 to support artistic teams, rehearsal space and negotiated dramaturgical feedback and support.

Proposals are due by Tuesday 15th September 2009.

For more information and guidelines go to   <