TOP kick starts 2012 by taking on new artists for our new Artist in Residence program.
It has been a busy first year for TOP, with set up and various projects starting to take off, including remote textile and printing workshops, taking onboard a few key artists, running industry workshops, creating our first group of volunteers, opening our showroom with a stunning suit of new prints from Elcho Island, and launching our new limited edition ethical cushion covers all in time for Xmas.
One of the most exciting projects that has been in development over the last few months has been our artist-in-residence program. We have now eight artists from culturally and linguistically diverse communities across Melbourne enrolled for next year. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn from our industry experienced team about various art methods and the opportunity to create and manage their own art exhibition at our Fitzroy showroom. For individuals, especially from disadvantaged refugee and new arrived backrounds, we also provide skills development in the areas of exhibition management and literacy training. All these programs are free of charge for participants in our residency program, with costs covered by profits generated through community support through sales of artwork. As we grow we hope certain individuals from this program will join our growing team, creating increased employment opportunities and positive role models for younger future participants.
This program will provide a platform to newly arrived individuals and members of the many diverse communities residing in Melbourne to express their unique and valuable insights enriching Australian society. We hope to provide a friendly welcoming space built on respect for all cultures, empower individuals by providing them with training and a platform to express their point of view, and changing attitudes within the broader community.
If you would like to support us and be on our exhibition mailing list to be kept abreast of upcoming events and exhibitions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org