PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / 1 November to 5 December 2013
Since 2004 the RMIT School of Art Galleries and the RMIT School of Art Print Imaging Practice Studio have collaborated to invite artists to take part in an annual residency. Artists are provided with access to the printmaking and photography facilities and with materials to create an original edition of prints. These fundraising prints are available for purchase and proceeds go to support the areas and initiative.
Rosalind Atkins, Graham Badari, Belle Bassin, Ursula Bolch, Justin Caleo, Alex Carroll, Angela Cavalieri, Jazmina Cininas, Annette Cook, Jason Cotter, Antonietta Covino-Beehre, Steve Cox, Linda Erceg, Michael Florrimell, Marco Fusinato, Joel Gailer, Stephen Gallagher, Tony Garifalakis, Nathan Gray, Rona Green, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Irene Hanenbergh, Richard Harding, Katherine Hattam, Euan Heng, Anna Hoyle, Jessica Irvin, Kate James, Louisa Jenkinson, Ruth Johnstone, Shane Jones, Kate Just, Deborah Klein, Damon Kowarsky, Marion Manifold, George Matoulas, Mark McDean, Jennifer Mills, David Noonan, Cristina Palacios, Simon Pericich, Kerrie Poliness, Reko Rennie, Kiron Robinson, Jonas Ropponen, Stacey Ryan, Erik Mark Sandberg, Alex Selenitsch, Heather Shimmen, Julia Silvester, Andrew Sinclair, Stephen Spurrier, Kate Stones, Kristina Sundstrom, Sophia Szilagyi, Deb Taylor, Andrew Tetzlaff, Michael Vale, Deborah Williams and Kate Žižy
The Print Imaging Practice Residency is an annual fundraiser and residency program that was established by the printmaking studio and is administered by a core group of artists and academics. This group consists of Jazmina Cininas, Ruth Johnstone and Richard Harding. This project, originally titled the Print Summer Residency, has founded a new incarnation now that the printmaking studios and the photography studios have theoretically merged under the banner of Print Imaging Practice (1) and are in their second year of association.
As an initiation into our amalgamation I was invited by the printmakers to curate the first combined studio residency. This was met with both excitement and hesitation. Working on a fundraising project in which the institution benefits materially from the research developed out of the residents was initially problematic. However through consideration I found that there are many benefits for practicing artists to work and exhibit in the University studios and gallery and these benefits outweigh the obvious institutional profits. Therefore I continued on and explored the parameters and participated in a dialogue with the founders to assist me in making decisions about who to invite into the project.
None of these artists have been chosen exclusively for their critical or intellectual rigor, their formal relationship to materiality, their political consciousness, knowledge of the medium, or for any particular alliance on my behalf. The Print Imaging Practice staff members who assisted my decisions selected them and I took a chance. I provided names and instigated a conversation to aid in finding artists who worked with printmaking and or photography, and who I thought that I could work with and potentially learn from their process.
Jazmina Cininas referred Nick Selenitsch as she is acquainted with his practice through different circles. Jazmina has a studio in the same complex as Nick, who was also commissioned to make a work in the home of her brother-in-law, the photographer Andrius Lipšys.
Ruth Johnstone recommended that I invite a recent graduate and a more senior artist. This proposition was more difficult as she deferred her decision back to me and I needed to consider the possibilities. Having taught third-year students in photography I was confronted with various options; I decided on Dani Hakim, one of the first graduate students I have worked with in my young academic career.
Richard Harding was asked to help me decide on a senior artist. This proposition was fuelled with critical and humorous meditations of artists that he has worked and met within various institutions and manifestations. He recounted personalities, histories and ulterior motivations that sometimes proved productive and other times challenging. He narrated meeting Fiona Macdonald in the photocopy room, an uncanny site which materialised well with the intentions of this project and which I privileged as the crucial part to my decision.
Darren Sylvester is a lecturer in photography and he recommended his friend Hanna Tai.
The decision to curate myself (Nikos Pantazopoulos) into the exhibition was to provide my practice with the opportunity to explore new processes, materials, and administrative skills obtainable within Print Imaging Practice.
1 Print Imaging Practice staff include: John Billan, Jazmina Cininas, Rebecca Dagnall, Rob Dott, Joel Gailer, Andrew Gunnell, Richard Harding, Shane Hulbert, Ruth Johnstone, Bronek Kozka, Peter Lancaster, Rebecca Mayo, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Drew Pettifer, Clare Rae, Jonas Ropponen, Heather Shimmen, Julia Silvester, Darren Sylvester, Andrew Tetzlaff, Andrey Walkling.