Exterior Panel Project Proposal
EXTERNAL INSTALLATION PANELS
Since relocating to our new site in 1991, Wollongong City Gallery has become the largest regional art museum in Australia. The unique features of the building create a distinct style for the Gallery and offer many alternate spaces for us to exhibit works of art. The semi-circular facade of the Gallery is now a public exhibition space with a capacity to display up to 27 panels.
Proposals are invited from individuals or groups to develop 2D and 3D studio projects using light weight zincalume panels and paint, provided by the Gallery if required.
Each panel measures 233 X 78 cm and is fixed in position with masonry anchors.
* 14 panels - Gallery facade (cnr. Kembla and Burelli Streets)
* 6 panels - Kembla Street
* 7 panels - Burelli Street
* 2 x double panels - Civic Square
Projects can be limited to a specific number of panels or can include the complete 27.
One panel is to be used as a Title Panel to describe your project.
Exhibition of the panels may vary in duration from 3 to 9 months
Artist fees are negotiated.
THE PROJECT PROPOSAL should include the following:
* Artist/s biography or curriculum vitae.
* Slides, photographs and/or video of previous work)
* Description and plans or drawings of the project.
* Requirements for the project ie: cost estimates, materials, production, time required, installation procedure.
A curatorial rationale is required for all proposals. Projects should account for the building as a whole rather than incidental panels. Site specific work is usually designed in dialogue with the particular site and its multifarious contexts. This involves thinking about what makes a space such as this different to, say, a railway station bill board. Also, what does the art work say about that building and the purpose of the building, the town, region or the community?
In the competitive field of art exhibitions, every proposal has to stand its ground and convince the Program Committee of its strength according to a range of different criteria. This can include the look and competence of the technical execution of a work of art but it also, and very significantly, needs to have a convincing curatorial rationale. The exhibition proposal needs to make multiplicit connections with our audience and trigger many imaginaries in order to compete with other proposals and allow the Gallery to fulfil its reason for being.
In the early days of this building, after it was renovated for the purpose of an art gallery, there were some site specific installations which used the panels on the front of the building. One project, by Laurens Tan, consisted large metallic screws in such a way as to look as if the building was being bolted together. This installation used the 14 facade panels but was so imposing a work that the others worked in conjunction with the piece even though they were left plain.
Please do not hesitate to contact John Monteleone, Program Director if you would like to discuss your proposal or if you would like any help at all in preparing your proposal on 4228 7500