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News - 2nd of October 2023

2024 PICA Studio and Creative Development Call-out

2024 PICA Studio and Creative Development Call-out

In 2024 PICA is inviting expressions of interest from WA and Perth-based artists for the following opportunities: 

  • International residencies in Taiwan, Makassar, Marseille and New Delhi as part of PICA’s International Exchange Program  
  • Hyper Local: six-month studio residencies or creative developments at PICA providing space for artists to dedicate time to a long-term project  
  • Quick Response: short-term studio residencies or creative developments at PICA (between 1–6 weeks) 

Participation in the Residency Program at PICA is open to artists of all disciplines. Applications from First Nations artists, culturally and linguistically diverse artists, and artists who identify as D/deaf or disabled are welcomed. 

About PICA

PICA is recognised as a leader in its work at the intersection of art forms, championing and supporting artists who push disciplinary boundaries. PICA plays a pivotal role in the development and presentation of significant projects by national and international artists at all stages of their careers through commission, exhibitions, performances and our residency program. Our studio program provides space and time for artists to experiment and take risks. 

PICA’s key aim is to support artists to present and stimulate critical discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues. Providing a site for experimentation, critical analysis, discussion and debate is fundamental to its charter. PICA is known for the rigour and breadth of its programs and its commitment to engaging and reflecting the diversity of Perth’s population. PICA actively engages with communities in and beyond the art world to ensure what we do is relevant, timely, accessible and responsive.   

PICA champions First Nations voices by supporting work that is First Nations-led and celebrates Aboriginal ways of being and knowing. We think about each instance of First Nations programming as a way of further understanding our complicated relationship to colonisation. PICA is advised by its First Nations Advisory Group and Artist Advisory Group

International Studio Exchange Program

In 2024 PICA invites WA-based visual artists, curators and arts writers to apply for an international residency through exchange partnerships with Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei; Rumata’ Artspace and Universitas Negeri Makassar, Indonesia; Khōj, New Delhi, India; and La Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France. 

Residencies vary between four to eight weeks in duration and include return airfare, accommodation, workspace and daily stipend. Each residency is focused around a particular area of practice, research or interest, and includes studio visits and an Open Studio event hosted by each international partner. 

The International Studio Exchange Program invites WA practitioners to establish international cultural networks, gain a deeper understanding of the global arts economy, and deepen cross-cultural exchange while developing their practice in a new context and with new audiences.  

In 2024, participants in the Taipei residency exchange will be invited to participate in the BLEED Biennial, a festival that looks at the issues between the digital and the real. These artists will be commissioned by PICA to create physical and online artwork that will be presented as part of BLEED in 2024, in partnerships with Arts House (Melbourne), Campbelltown Arts Centre (Sydney), and Taipei Performing Arts Centre (Taipei).  

Applications close on 23 October 2023 at 5pm, with successful applicants notified by mid-November. 

Hyper Local & Quick Response Residencies

PICA’s studios provide a flexible space for research, dialogue, experimentation and the development of new works and projects. The spaces are suited for artists who have an interest in an independently driven structure for research and development. 

We encourage residency proposals from artists of all disciplines that: 

  • Push the boundaries of artforms through an engagement with contemporary practice. 
  • Are rigorous and ambitious in concept, form and approach. 
  • Contribute to current cultural and critical discourse and explore questions of our time. 
  • Seek to open a dialogue with audiences in new and innovative ways. 
  • Demonstrate a committed studio practice and is suitable to PICA’s studio spaces. 

Applications close on 23 October 2023 at 5pm, with successful applicants notified by mid-November. 

Thank You to Our Supporters

PICA’s Studio Exchange Program is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries through a Sector Development Grant, Project 11, and the French Embassy in Australia. PICA’s Studio Program is supported by PICA’s Art Ambassadors.