Held at Blacktown Arts Centre (BAC) in 2017, Western Sydney 4th Space Residency is a creative exchange, mentorship and collaboration by Cali Prince & Wendy McDougall.
Cali has over 19 years of experience, and a decade of experience working in Western Sydney with artists and communities. Her work often breaks new ground and she has received 4 arts and cultural awards. Wendy is an award winning photographer and filmmaker with 32 years of experience, raised in Granville.
Cali and Wendy have known each other professionally for 20 years. Life in theatre and performance is woven through out this unique creative relationship that started in 1998 when they met at Pork Chop Productions, now rewoven into a dynamic two-way creative mentorship.
The Residency will unpack how, in a collaborative creative practice, when three come together – there exists a fourth space, as proposed in a paper Cali authored “The “Butterfly Effect” in Collaborative Creativity: Turning the Light on Transformation published in The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts (2016).
The Residency will enable experimentation to evoke deeper practice-led conversations in the “4th Space”
Wendy will mentor Cali exploring how to represent this in a visual medium. Cali will mentor Wendy in CACD practice and principles of collaborating with communities to tell their stories.
To enrich this conversation two Western Sydney artists will be invited to talk about their experience of the 4th Space and be photographed.
The Residency is precursor to a future three stages, performance work and book titled ‘Western Sydney 4th Space Lab’ (WS4SL), set to commence in 2018.
Donations through the ACF will be dedicated to paying artist fees for the two week long Residency, and materials to create an “in development” showing to an invited audience of practitioners at the end of the Residency.
The Residency offers benefit beyond our own practice, and will forward discussions in experimental and collaborative creative practice in a way that will invite responses from the sector as the work develops. In the future we look forward to sharing with you creative collaborations with Western Sydney artists of the 4th Space!
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Photo by Wendy McDougall.