VMP - Volunteer Museums Project // Artist in Residence 2021
Arts Northern Rivers is working with two volunteer run museums in the Clarence Valley to participate in the Volunteer Museums Project (VMP) artist in residence program.
VMP is a partnership project between Arts Northern Rivers and Orana Arts in Dubbo, connecting regional, volunteer-run museums in NSW with artists and creatives. Arts Northern Rivers has secured funding from Create NSW to deliver the VMP artist residency project with two volunteer run museums in the Clarence Valley.
At the heart of the project is an opportunity for an artist to work with a museum and its collection to develop a creative response in their artform. The project will deliver several work-in-progress opportunities to engage the public and a final presentation of the artists’ work that we hope will attract new audiences to the participating museums.
The project aims to build the visitor economy and strengthen community engagement within local government areas and further aims to create future employment opportunities for First Nations artists in the region.
In consultation with local Regional Museums consultant Joan Kelly, two volunteer-run museums in the Clarence Valley region including Maclean District Historical Society Inc. and Port of Yamba Historical Society have been selected to develop a residency program for visiting artists,.
The selected Indigenous artists with strong connections to Yaegl Country include visual artist Frances Belle Parker and sound artist Blake Rhodes (Mr.Rhodes), who will engage with each of the museum’s collections to create new work and deliver public programs.
The project will deliver several work-in-progress opportunities to engage the public and a final presentation of the artist’s work that aims to attract new audiences and strengthen engagement to the participating museums.