Western Sydney 4th Space Lab

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Western Sydney 4th Space Residency 2017

In Residence at Blacktown Arts Centre, Community Arts & Cultural Development practitioner Cali Prince will undertake an exchange and mentorship with award winning Sydney artist Wendy McDougall.

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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.

Western Sydney 4th Space Residency (WS4SR) is a creative immersion and exchange by Western Sydney arts and community cultural development practitioner Cali Prince and Sydney based artist photographer and filmmaker Wendy McDougall.

Wendy McDougall is an award-winning freelance photographer, artist and filmmaker with 30 years of experience. Sydney based, with roots in Western Sydney, she has shown her images in 17 solo and 54 group exhibitions, with the Museum of Sydney, Australian Centre for Photography and Stills Gallery amongst others.

Wendy creates visual imagery designed to entertain, stimulate and educate. Her images have been accepted on 4 occasions in the City of Sydney’s “Sydney Life” for Art & About. Her work titled “Mark Hanging around The Beach” was chosen for the inaugural National Photographic Portrait Prize in Canberra (2008). She has twice been a finalist & a semi finalist 5 times, as well as an invited exhibitor, for Head On Photo Festival in Sydney. Wendy’s photography has appeared in Australian theatre, television and film including most recently Last Cab to Darwin (2015). Wendy’s works are held in the collections of National Library of Australia, NSW State Library, Museum of Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum.

Cali Prince is a specialist in arts and cultural development practice bringing together artists, communities and institutions to create and transform issues from the ground up. She has more than 17 years experience across the arts, cultural and community sectors and 7 years of dedicated work in Western Sydney which received multiple awards. Prior to this she worked on the premiere of Little Black Bastard by Noel Tovey, as well as theatre productions with Pork Chop Productions, Bell Shakespeare Company, State Theatre South Australia, and Riverina Theatre Company. Cali pioneered theatre workshops in Arts Disability practice including the Access Arts program Sound Circles in Sydney and a Creative Expression program in the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. She is Creator of Unlock Your Creativity, funded by City of Sydney & the Australia Council for the Arts. Cali is nearing completion of a Doctorate in Cultural Research at the Institute for Culture and Society (Western Sydney University) in practice led research. She has presented at conferences nationally and internationally, including Sapineza the University of Rome (2014) and University of Cape Town, South Africa (2016). She is published in the International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts (see http://ijaspc.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.233/prod.103 ).

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