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Orange Regional Gallery pilot program invites artists to become educators

By September 6, 2021Gallery, News

Orange Regional Gallery is seeking experienced and motivated central west artists to participate in its Artist Educator Pilot Program.

The program, which is funded by the NSW Government, invites practicing artists to develop and deliver exhibition-linked workshops and other activities for the gallery’s younger audience.

ARTIST, EDUCATOR: Artist, Heather Vallance speaking to a group of young people in front of her work Falling Stars, 2018 as part of the StarPicket exhibition with the CORRIDOOR project.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the program was a great opportunity to get the region’s artists involved in mentoring and educating young people about the arts sector.

“The program will create employment and professional development opportunities for Central West artists while complementing the development of Orange Regional Gallery’s youth program and school holiday activities,” Cr Kidd said.

Applicants will require an active creative practice, interest and knowledge of visual art and experience facilitating educational activities with diverse audiences.

They will also need excellent communications skills and the ability to work collaboratively to develop creative learning programs and hands-on activities for young people.

Gallery Director Bradley Hammond said they were looking for artists with experience in facilitating meaningful connections with art.

“The Artist educators will bring their own creative practice and experience to our programs, offering unique perspectives on our collections and exhibitions,” Mr Hammond said.

Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Cr Scott Munro said it was a regional program.

Expressions of interest are open to people living in the Central West Local Government Areas of Orange, Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan Shire, Lithgow, Oberon, Parkes and Weddin Shire.

“We are looking for artists from right across the region. The Orange Gallery is one of the great institutions in the region and as this program illustrates it is much more than a place to visit,” Cr Munro said.

The program will be presented at various stages from November 2021 to December 2022, with the majority of activities scheduled throughout 2022.

Interested artists can download an Expression of Interest brief and application form as well as a timeline and program of activities from the Orange Regional Gallery website or contact the gallery’s Public Engagement and Education Officer Cecilie Knowles on [email protected] or 0409 932 306 for more information.

Expressions of Interest close on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

Orange Regional Gallery’s Artist Educator Pilot Program is supported by Create NSW’s Audience Development Fund, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

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