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The Dallas Yarn Bombers

I arrived back in the USA after a visit to London to begin phase two of 34South|61North, the USA and Canada.  Week one in Dallas and as I explored the down town part of the city I was impressed with the museums, galleries and public space sculptures.

On Elme street in-between a hipster district and the down town arts mile I saw some eye catching installation art, comishioned by the city made created by The Dallas Yarn Bombers.

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These knitted and crocheted pieces were attached to the parking meters and gave them a non-urban eye-catching look. As I gave the work a good look I realised that the artists had been given a grant by Dallas City to make the installation. This is the open call that they responded to.
Laminated tags were attached to the sides of the meters with information about the bombers. So I looked them up and Sally or, K-Witta, got in touch.

We arranged to meet on saturday at the museum of art in down town Dallas. The day was perfect sunny and not too hot. We sat in one of the court yards inside the gallery building. Sally explained how The Dallas Yarn Bombers began. In 2011 Sally became board with the city scape and became interested in ‘making people see the cold hard surroundings differently’ and began to street bomb her neighbour hood. This means simply to attach a hand made item to a fixed public structure, Sally told me she once tied a sweater to a fire hydrant. After some time of this bombing a local newspaper featured an article on her and that was the beginning of larger scale and specifically made installations.

The Yarn Bombers have worked all around Dallas covering the Winspear Opera House, bombing the Klyde Warren Park (twice) and are now looking to work with the citie’s farmers market.

Yarn Bombing is not exclusive to Dallas its a world wide sensation and I am very happy to have met someone so passionate about public space art and changing cold city scapes.

More about the Dallas Yarn Bombers here!

Kickstart 34South|61North in Central America!

Nine months ago I landed in Santiago, Chile. 34South|61North was finally a reality and has become my world. The journey, so far, over Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and now Peru has allowed me to develop, change and re-enforce the concepts behind my practice as a visual artist.

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Gradually, county by country I have become more convinced than ever that visual arts should not exclusively exist inside the confines of a gallery space. Making question provoking art that is accessible to everybody is crucial to 34South|61North and to my philosophy as an independent artist.

I have just launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funding for the Central American section of the project. Here I hope to use the money to spend longer periods of time in chosen locations and give more extensive free workshops on using refuge materials and installing art into public spaces.

More detailed information is on the site its self. If you like it any and all support is very much appreciated and if you can share this with your friends it would be great!

So my goal for 2014 is to take 34South|61North through Central America, working with artists and communities and changing the spaces they live in~

Fingers Crossed!

 

Sustainable Bolivia Artist Residency Open Call

During my residency at Sustainable Bolivia I helped to re-word the requirements for the open call artist residency programme. It an interesting programme as you are an artist living in an NGO who’s focus is on sustainability and places volunteers with organisations in the Cochabamba community. As the artist I was exposed to a different side of Bolivian life and culture and was able to diversify my ideas and way of working. I would strongly recommend a residency at SB if human or environmental themes are a concern within your practice. 

 

Objective The objective of Sustainable Bolivia’s art residency program is to promote the arts in Bolivia and foster intercultural exchange and dialogue between international and local artists.

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Who can Apply :

The residency program is available to emerging, mid-career and established artists from any country regardless of age, gender, or medium. The residency focuses on the visual arts but we will also consider applications from other areas including creative writing, music and dance. Preference will be given to those with Spanish language skills. History For nearly two years Sustainable Bolivia provided housing to Scottish-born painter Thomas “Mac” McGreggor. Through Mac, SB met many local and international artists and quickly became involved in Cochabamba’s art community. In an effort to maintain this cultural exchange, as well as develop a tradition within our organization, SB decided to work alongside local artists to develop an art residency program.

What is Provided:

Applicants will be provided with a large furnished living space, a private studio, and access to art contacts in Bolivia interested in showing their work. Exhibitions, events and happenings will occur in Cochabamba and potentially in La Paz and Santa Cruz; Bolivia’s 3 largest cities. Additionally we have contacts with local and national press outlets and will work together to help promote showings. Costs As the artist residency currently receives no external funding, the artist is responsible for his/her own travel/flights, room and board, materials and insurance. Total costs will be $180 a month and include a fully furnished private room, a large studio, all utilities, phones calls to over 60 countries and internet access. Volunteer In an effort to fully integrate the resident as well as provide a service to the community, the selected candidate will also have the opportunity to volunteer with one of SB’s partner organizations. Opportunities include projects which seek to empower youths through performing and visual arts, or providing training for future art teachers. If the resident artist takes wishes to have a volunteer placement the cost would change to $225 a month inclusive of a $75 a month mini-grant to be used within the organisation. If you wish to work with an organisation please include this in your statement of intent, expalined below. (See more information about our volunteer opportunities). If looking to apply for a grant/funding for the residency we can supply a letter of invitation.

Application Instructions:

Please submit:

A resume, maximum two pages that includes all relevant artistic experience

A brief statement of intent for residency period which is usually three months, as this allows time for the artist to make contacts and become established in Cochabamba, max 500 words.

Upto 15 images of your work in digital format ie, JPG, GIG or PDF images should not exceed 500k for JPG and GIF or 5MB for a PDF, remember to include descriptions of the works submitted.

Applications will be reviewed by Sustainable Bolivia’s Art Review Board composed of local and international artists.

If you are applying for the residency and are not a visual artist please send us your statement of intent along with your resume and we will instruct you on further requirements. Sustainable Bolivia also offers a documentary film making internship. If interested please email us directly.

 

For more information and visit SB’s page:

http://www.sustainablebolivia.org/