The Original Art Project – Open Call
WISE Employment is proud to announce the launch of the Original Art Project, an open call to showcase the inherent talent and creative pursuits of our job seekers and staff, past and present, along with their loved ones.
The open call is for original artwork to display in the WISE Employment North Melbourne office, with underlying themes that unite and inspire our community. As a not for profit employment agency, we are asking artists: “what does working in Australia mean to you?” and “what does employment provide you in your life?”, to start the creative flow. Key words to prompt artists designs include – confidence, belonging, community, potential, empowerment, ability, diversity, success and respect.
WISE Employment is seeking to both commission new, original work and acquire original existing works for a permanent art collection. Artists of all experience levels are encouraged to apply, from all disciplines. Media we are looking for include, but is not limited to – painting, murals, photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, bronze, glass, woodwork, metalwork and textiles.
The project will see up to 25 artists being commissioned by WISE Employment. Artists commissioned will be working with Julia Mihai, Project Manager and Curator, Wonderment Walk Victoria to develop their concept and prepare their artwork for installation. Wonderment Walk Victoria is a not for profit organisation, promoting science through public art.
In October, WISE Employment will celebrate the commissioned artworks with an exhibition of the commissioned artworks, launch party and awards ceremony. The commissioned artworks will be reviewed by a selection committee of both stakeholders and external industry specialists, resulting in three artists being selected to receive awards to the value of $2,000.
This is an opportunity for WISE Employment’s community to express themselves and their stories, their passions and aspirations through art. We believe art in all its forms has an uncanny ability to connect people across cultures and experiences. For those creating it, it can be a way to confront trauma or explore one’s deepest imagination. For those encountering it, it can generate moments of inspiration and understanding.
The deadline for all artwork proposals is now closed. All artists will be contacted by Friday June 12, 2020.