Flinders Medical Centre 2017 Artist in Residence – applications open

a rainbow coloured roll of bandages
Work from Jessie Lumb’s 2016 FMC residency, If I had invented bandages

In association with the SALA Festival, Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) is inviting proposals for participation in an Artist-in-Residency program in 2017 from South Australian artists or groups of artists for up to six months.

In association with the SALA Festival, Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) is inviting proposals for participation in an Artist-in-Residency program in 2017 from South Australian artists or groups of artists for up to six months.

Proposals must include an outcome of new works inspired by FMC, through residency in a clinical, research or program area, which is suitable for display at FMC during the SALA Festival in August 2017.

Proposals need to include the following:
1.    A current CV for each participant
2.    A selection of images of previous work with detailed information
3.    An outline of the intended residency project (media, concept, possible activities, potential outcomes)
4.    The intended timeframe, and
5.    An indication of space and display requirements.

The Residency will be coordinated by Arts in Health at FMC, who will facilitate all practical and organisational aspects of the Residency. Successful participants will receive office support, as well as facilitated access to selected clinical, research and public spaces in the hospital. There is no designated studio space, but possibilities for this to be negotiated. The creation of work in public spaces will be encouraged. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and interact with FMC staff, patients and visitors under the guidance of Arts in Health at FMC.

FMC will require successful participants to complete all the necessary police screening and staff orientation procedures.

Residencies are considered according to proposal strength, relationship to FMC activities and/or specific infrastructure and space requirements.

Artist Fee – selected individual artists or artist teams will be paid a total fee of $2,000 (ex GST). $1,000 will be paid upon signing the MOI to assist artists with materials and expenses with the final payment of $1,000 being issued on completion of the project.

For more information about FMC go to www.flinders.sa.gov.au and Arts in Health at FMC  www.flinders.sa.gov.au/artsinhealth/

Please submit proposals by 5pm on Friday 20 January 2017 via email, preferably with a link to a dropbox, to: [email protected] or post to: Sally Francis, Arts Coordinator, Arts in Health at FMC, Flinders Medical Centre, SA 5042.

The successful applicant(s) will be informed by Friday 3 February 2017.

See comments below regarding feedback from the FMC SALA Artist-in-Residence 2015 and 2016:

In 2015 and 2016 Dr Christine Putland was engaged to conduct evaluations of the FMC SALA Artist-in- Residence programs. Please find below comments taken from the FMC SALA Artist-in-Residence Evaluation Reports 2015 and 2016:

From the artist’s perspective this residency has afforded an invaluable opportunity to establish a strong direction in his work, made possible by providing a context within which to explore central themes and build on his interest in diverse techniques. John reports being clearer about the complex notion of identity that informs his work as a result.
Artist Experience, John Blines, 2015

Being within the hospital meant that I had to think about alternative ways of working while still holding true to the concepts I have spent years exploring. This forced me to go back to an object and material based way of creating, not only for the resulting exhibition at FMC but also in the months since. Having spent a lot of time in hospitals visiting family members and friends throughout my life, the residency at FMC provided a chance to experience such an environment from a less emotional perspective…I was able to see the little moments of kindness and care and hope that occur between staff, patients and visitors on a daily basis.
Artist Experience, Jessie Lumb, 2016

What Christine’s evaluation shows is that both residencies were important – because they lead to changes, especially, in the nature of the work and interests of the artists themselves. As SALA Chair I am particularly interested in this aspect of the project – our mandate is to create new opportunities for South Australian artists to develop and connect with audiences… And we have learnt quite strongly that a successful artist-in-residency is about communication, interaction and change.
Hon John Hill, Chair SALA, Foreword 2016

It is clear that the trajectory of every artist residency in a health care setting is unique depending on the particular methods and focus of the artist, the specific human and environmental context within which they reside, and the special interaction between the two.  Yet in both cases they brought their artistic sensibility to bear on this context with unexpectedly insightful results. At the same time, it is evident that both John and Jessie found immersion in the world of scientific order and technique, with its exposure to a different kind of creativity, profoundly compelling. Its influence on the future direction of their practice is indisputable.
Dr Christine Putland, Conclusion, 2015 & 2016