Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial 2019

Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial 2019The Tenacious Realm

Wednesday 4 September - Sunday 13 October 2019

Exploring the theme of ‘resilience and the community’ through exhibitions, temporary public art installations, large scale video art and performance art.

Calling all artists and creatives:
Expressions of interest now open until Monday, 6 May 2019

Apply Now

In 2015, Willoughby City Council implemented its inaugural Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial. This consisted of five simultaneous exhibitions and 17 public engagement programs. Over a 16 day period, it attracted well over 2,500 visitors.

In 2017, the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial presented a month long program and expanded into the public realm, transforming public spaces throughout the Chatswood CBD.
pdf format Download the 2017 program

In 2019, the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial will run a six weeks program of exhibitions, temporary public art installations, large scale video art and performance art, to be staged as part of Willoughby City Council’s Emerge Festival.

Willoughby City Council is seeking applications for the WVAB 2019 from artists who create in the following disciplines:

Temporary Public Art

Invigorate outdoor spaces in the Chatswood CBD with sculpture and installation.

Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial will present 5 public space artworks throughout the outdoor areas of The Concourse, Mills Lane and Spring Street Hub.

Artists can apply with temporary public artworks that are suitable for outdoors. Artworks can be sculpture, installation art, sound installation or installations that incorporate The Concourse Urban Screen.

Artworks proposed can be an existing artwork modified to the Chatswood location, or a sculpture or installation developed site-specifically for the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial, exploring the 2019 WVAB theme The Tenacious Realm; resilience and the community.

It is recommended that artists who wish to propose a site-responsive temporary public artwork contact the Curator to discuss proposal. Artists can also make an appointment for a site visit.

Artists from interstate can contact the Curator for more images of the outdoor areas of The Concourse, Mills Lane and Spring Street Hub.

Mills  Lane (1)
Mills  Lane (2)
Mills  Lane (3)
Spring  Street
The Concourse - Synthetic Grass Area
The Concourse Steps (1)
The Concourse Steps (2)
Grass area below Urban Screen)
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Video Art

Present large scale video art on The Concourse Urban Screen.

A program of video art will be scheduled to play every second day during the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial and during the Moon Bar.

The Concourse Urban Screen is one of Australia’s premium outdoor screens, located on the upper terrace of The Concourse.

Willoughby City Council is seeking video artworks that can respond to the theme of 'resilience and the community', that can have the capacity to impact on the public spaces surrounding the screen.

Videos selected for the program will be routinely screened on a regular basis and will be intended to be viewed by not only dedicated Biennial audiences, but also general attendees to The Concourse within the outdoor areas such as the Lower Grass Area, the Concourse Outdoor Steps and the cafes and bars. Please note that there will be no seating specifically placed on the upper terrace of The Concourse Upper for viewing the video art program.

The video art program is to incorporate The Concourse Urban Screen as an additional platform for public art, alongside the sculptural and installation-based temporary public artworks that will be situated in The Concourse outdoor areas and Spring Street Hub during the Biennial.

Video art that is suitable for this program would consider how the formal aspects of the video’s composition and movement could have a presence not only directly below the screen on The Concourse Lower Grass Area, but also potentially along Victoria Avenue.

It is possible to propose a video art installation that incorporates a three-dimensional component to be installed within The Concourse outdoor area.

Features of The Concourse Urban Screen:
412 inch/50 meter square LED screen
960 x 520 native screen resolution
16:9 or 1280x 720 screen size

The best format for the screen is;
Mp4, H.264 codec, 1280 x 720, 25 frames per second, 5Mbps

Interactivity;
The Concourse Urban Screen has a low resolution camera to allow the possibility for interactive live-streaming.

Applications for video art can be for an existing video or a video to be developed specifically for the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial.

 

Performance Art

Enliven the Moon Bar with performance art and happenings.

Moon Bar will take place for one Friday night only during the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial, presenting an evening of video and performance art—set to a party atmosphere!

The event will take place on the Upper Terrace of the outdoor area of The Concourse, situated in front of The Concourse Urban Screen. Audience will be able to enjoy a drink or sweet, for sale from the bar.

Willoughby City Council is interested in diverse approaches to performance art, including interdisciplinary approaches, happenings, sound performance and movement performance.

It is possible for the performance to include technological aspects, and to incorporate The Concourse Urban Screen into the Performance, as well as stream sound through the screen's audio function.

Applications for performance art can be for an existing performance or a performance to be developed specifically for the Moon Bar.


Additional Information

Curatorial Theme

The Tenacious Realm will explore the theme of ‘resilience and the community’ through exhibitions, temporary public art installations, large scale video art and performance art.

The Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial 2019 theme is in response to the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

Artworks in The Tenacious Realm will artistically consider resilience from the viewpoints of local community and global awareness. Artists are open to interpret this theme, and can potentially explore city and community resilience through the following possible interpretations;

  • Survival in the face of chronic stresses and acute shocks
  • Climate, the environment and sustainability
  • Social inclusion and connectedness; Communities at Risk, impact of Mental Health on individuals and community, multi-culturalism, and emerging identities in relation to LGBTQIA
  • First Nations’ resilience
  • Home; in terms of housing and as a symbol of shelter and protection
  • Infrastructure; its role in supporting community resilience
  • Role of education in creating community resilience
  • Role of arts and culture in creating community resilience
  • Future cities; with resilience as an active approach, how will communities and cities look in the future?

Important Dates

Applications open Now
Site visits (optional) 10 April to 3 May 2019
Applications close 6 May 2019
Successful artists notified by 20 May 2019
Video artwork received by 19 August 2019
Installation of sculptural and installation-based temporary public artworks 30 August to 3 September 2019
Exhibition runs 4 September to 13 October 2019
De-installation of sculptural and installation-based temporary public artworks 14 to 16 October 2019

Contact the Curator

Emerge Festival 2019

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