ARTS PROJECT AUSTRALIA
– PART CLOSURE –
We are receiving many queries and requests for artists to return to the studio as well as whether it’s safe to do so. Following a significant number of new COVID19 cases, the Premier announced a return to Stage 3 restrictions as of 11:59pm Wednesday 8 July 2020 across Metropolitan Melbourne for the next 6 weeks.
Under Stage 3 restrictions, there will once again only be 4 reasons to leave home:
- Shopping for food and supplies
- Medical care and caregiving
- Exercise and recreation
- Study and work
We began to return artists to the studios during the last Stage 3 restrictions, and this is still permissible under current Stage 3 restrictions, and according to the DHHS COVID19 Disability Plan.
At this stage, we will be continuing to work as we have been, which follows the regulations as we understand them, however, we will not be increasing the number of artists attending the studio for at least the next 2 weeks.
While these new Directions are a disappointment and seem like a setback, they are necessary and the intent is that most people stay at home and limit contact with others. This is particularly critical in relation to protecting vulnerable people who are most at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). Up to 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to provide the support service, can attend an activity/support service so long as the hygiene and social distancing restrictions are also met.
In accordance with these directions, we are inviting no more than 10 artists per day to attend the studio program until the end of August. These artists have been invited based on their inability or incapacity to effectively participate in remote delivery. They have been contacted and advised of the new studio protocols and rules. When restrictions ease, we will be in touch to discuss whether a return to the studio is possible or desirable for you. For all other artists, we will continue to deliver our remote program and art materials if you require them. Please get involved – staff are enjoying working with artists and artists are enjoying connecting with other artists and we’re seeing some wonderful work being created.
– 8 July 2020 –
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I highly recommend Arts Project as an empowering
place to work and create.
– Artist parent
Our world-class studio program offers these artists access to professional-grade materials, the support of our highly qualified team of staff artists, and the chance to develop their art practice in an integrative, multi-disciplinary environment. To read more about several of our artist’s stories please take a look at our 2014 publication So Far….
Through our 2D, Ceramics, Printmaking, Digital, 3D and Professional Practice programs, attending artists have the opportunity to explore, develop and expand their art practice through a range of disciplines. Artists also have the potential to exhibit their artwork, through the Arts Project gallery, external galleries and venues, and the leasing program. Artworks created in this unique environment feature in collections and museums worldwide.
Arts Project Australia provides a safe and supportive environment that encourages the artists to stretch their creativity and artistic practice. I am unsure if artists working alone, or in an environment that wasn’t dedicated to their needs, would demonstrate the same creativity.
– Board member
At present 120+ artists are enrolled and attend the studio each week, with individual attendances ranging from one day a week to full-time.
Open weekdays 9.30am – 3.00pm, and Saturday mornings 10.00am – 12.00am.
(*Note: 2019 studio times will be weekdays 9.30am – 3.30pm, and Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm)
> For information on funding, visit our ‘Funding & NDIS’ page.
> For information on joining the studio, visit our ‘How to Join’ page.
> If you’re an artist or support an artist, visit our ‘Useful Information For Our Artists’.
Arts Project is a very professional organisation with a person-centred approach to its artists. I see a vision to support their artists to create independently and unhindered, always encouraging the development of their skills… Our son has greatly developed his artistic ability over a period of ten years at Arts Project and is establishing himself as an artist with a distinct style that attracts buyers Australia-wide and overseas.
– Artist parent