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ART ATTACK: Parramatta Artists Studios 2017 artist-in-residence Khadim Ali, 39, in front of his painting 'The Arrival' on the foyer wall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Circular Quay West entrance. Picture: Kate Geraghty

ART ATTACK: Parramatta Artists Studios 2017 artist-in-residence Khadim Ali, 39, in front of his painting 'The Arrival' on the foyer wall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Circular Quay West entrance. Picture: Kate Geraghty

Parramatta Artists Studios (PAS) is now accepting applications from prospective artists in residence for six to 12 month studio tenancies during 2018.

With thirteen studio spaces available for artists from diverse disciplines across Parramatta and Greater Sydney, the tenancy program is designed to give some of the nation’s best emerging, mid-career and established artists opportunities for collaboration, networking and professional development in a globally-renowned communal arts environment. 

“Parramatta Artists Studios has been fundamental in establishing a strong arts culture in Parramatta and demonstrating the diverse and world class artistic talent our region has to offer,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

“In 2018, we hope to bring in a dynamic group of artists who will contribute to the City’s thriving cultural sector and continue the Studios’ tradition of executing exceptional artistic practice right in the heart of Parramatta.”

Successful artists will become a part of the City’s wider arts and culture network which includes key organisations such as Riverside Theatres, FORM Dance Projects, Information & Cultural Exchange, and the National Theatre of Parramatta.

This year’s resident artists include Khadim Ali, Cigdem Aydemir, Kate Beckingham, Harriet Body, Penelope Cain, Kalanjay Dhir, Caroline Garcia, Annie McKinnon, Marikit Santiago, Shireen Taweel, Garry Trinh, Emma Fielden, Anna McMahon, Catherine O’Donnell, Salote Tawale and Hannah Toohey.

Current resident artist Kate Beckingham says that opportunities for collaboration have been among the most rewarding experiences for her as an artist at PAS.  

“Being able to connect with other artists and cultural organisations has allowed me to play a significant role in shaping the cultural identity of the community and meaningfully contribute to the arts sector,” she said.

“I encourage anyone who is looking to build on their craft to apply for a residency in 2018.”

Applications for the 2018 tenancies are currently open and close on September 18.

WORKING TOGETHER: Parramatta Artists Studios 2017 artist-in-residence Kate Beckingham (centre) with primary school pupils from St Mary’s Primary at Rydalmere. Beckingham hosted workshops with the children in February to create backdrops for a production at Riverside Theatres. Picture: Isabella Lettini

WORKING TOGETHER: Parramatta Artists Studios 2017 artist-in-residence Kate Beckingham (centre) with primary school pupils from St Mary’s Primary at Rydalmere. Beckingham hosted workshops with the children in February to create backdrops for a production at Riverside Theatres. Picture: Isabella Lettini

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