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Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centers boost for Canberra artists after COVID-19 | Canberra time

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It is undeniable that the last two years have been difficult for the arts sector. At the height of the pandemic, ACT artists found themselves with many of their exhibitions and projects canceled, as well as a significant loss of income. In an effort to help make up for what has been lost, a selection of early-career and established artists have received five residencies from Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. As part of the ACT Government’s Creative Recovery and Resilience programme, the residencies focus resources on meaningful engagement and the development of new skills for artists who have been impacted financially, socially and mentally by the global pandemic. The program is not only meant to help artists as individuals, but also the communities with which they engage. “It’s an investment in the artists, arts organizations and creative communities that contribute to the economic, social and cultural value of our city,” said Rochelle Whyte, program manager for the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centers. “The impacts of the pandemic have created challenges and opportunities for those working in the arts and creative sectors, but even more so for those who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or who come from a community of immigrants, as well as those working in community settings, or working with vulnerable communities “That’s where these residencies are really about providing that opportunity to build resilience.” READ MORE: Samia Goudie, writer, poet and artist established queer media from the Bundjalung, Jackson Taylor-Grant, young cultural leader and visual artist Wiradjuri, and young Gamilaroi Yularoi artist Sarah Loynes were among the artists awarded residencies. These Indigenous artists will be joined by multidisciplinary artist, poet, performer and producer Jacqui Malins, and emerging visual artist and teacher, Yamile Tafur, who will delve into their community arts and cultural development practices. “These are all artists engaging in artistic practice by connecting to a community in some way,” says Whyte. “That’s key to these residencies that we deliver. It’s as much about supporting that individual’s art and practice as it is about what’s happening in the context of community and community building.” As well as aiming to allow a range of artists the opportunity to make part of the residency program, by bringing established and emerging artists together, it is also hoped that a fortuitous mentor-mentee relationship will be formed between participants.” Being able to share our practices, ideas and motivations will break some of the complete isolation I feel,” said Samia Goudie, incoming Artist-in-Residence. “This residency will give me access to others who share common aspirations and creativity, expanding my experiences and practice beyond what I usually focus on. . “I am interested in diverse worldviews and how culture and identity inform our work. It will be interesting to learn about other participants and share what I can to support others who emerging.” Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. That’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: