Art at the Heart

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Based in the Shire of East Pilbara, Western Australia, Art at the Heart is a unique artist in residency program that focuses on the creative interaction between the artist, the environment and local community. While exploring our magnificent region the artist will engage the local communities of Newman, Nullagine and Marble Bar in creative activities related to the artist s practice and the body of work developed throughout the residency.

Over the residency period the selected artist will have the opportunity to develop a body of work around the 2016 theme of  light . This development will be generously supported by a $15,000 artist fee.  As part of the residency it is expected that the artist showcases their body of work and create an artwork to be gifted to the Shire as a legacy of the residency.

During the residency the selected artist will be expected to facilitate a series of community engagement opportunities for local artists and the broader community. In a detailed plan the artist will need to demonstrate how this engagement and creative exchange will take place. A $40,000 budget will be available to cover costs associated with the delivery of the community engagement and costs related to the creation of the artist body of work.

The successful artist will undertake a 6 -8 week residency within the Shire or East Pilbara ideally between the 1st August and the 30th September 2016. The exact dates will be negotiated In its third year of a four year program, the 2016 Art at the Heart – Artist in residence program aims to:

  •                 Develop the capacity of local artists and the wider community via community engagement and creative exchange
  •                 Explore and showcase the local region through the exploration of the 2016 theme  light
  •                 Contribute to and creatively enrich the Shire of East Pilbara s through a legacy artwork
  •                 Enable an artist to develop a body of work and further their creative practice
  •                 Promote and create an awareness of the region, residency and artist (both nationally and internationally).

To view previous Art at the Heart residencies please visit our website:

For a copy of the Artist Brief, application form and details on how to apply, please contact:


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