Apply – Judy Wheeler Commission

Apply – Judy Wheeler Commission

Judy Wheeler Commission

The Judy Wheeler Commission is a 10 year site-specific commissioning program in memory of the late Judy Wheeler. A significant gift of $300,000, the largest in PICA’s history, will fund an annual commission of a site-specific work by an Australian based visual artist that responds physically or conceptually to the architecture and history of the PICA building and its site, and embodies PICA’s spirit of risk and experimentation.

Through the Commission, PICA’s ambition is to activate spaces that visitors enter and move through when they visit the PICA building, including its entrance lobby, foyer and stair wells. Each commission will be installed for up to a one-year period, commencing January 2023.

This opportunity is open to all Australian based visual artists, at any stage of their career and whose mediums might include, but not be limited to, painting, sculpture, sound and video.

PICA is committed to ensuring a diverse representation of artists across the 10 years of the program and strongly encourages identifying artists to apply, including those that are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), living with a disability, or part of the LGBTQI+ community.

Applications are open from Monday 4 April until 5pm Sunday 29 May, 2022. Read below for some helpful FAQs regarding the Judy Wheeler Commission.

To avoid last minute congestion of the system which may result in your application being received after the closing time and therefore not be eligible, please endeavour to submit your application well before the closing time.

To find out more please feel free to attend one of our Zoom information sessions. To attend, register to the information session that suits.

Online Information Session 1
Thursday April 21, 2pm
Register here

Online Information Session 2
Friday May 6, 2pm
Register here

Frequently Asked Questions

Judy Wheeler Commission Information

What kind of proposals are you looking for?

Proposals should respond to the below objectives of the Judy Wheeler Commission.

The objectives of this program is to commission works that:

  • Support and facilitate artists to produce ambitious artistic projects, particularly those that reflect the diversity of our society;
  • Activate the public spaces through which visitors enter and move through PICA;
  • Are accessible, high-quality and celebrate the breadth and inventiveness of Australian contemporary arts practices;
  • Respond to or challenge the architecture and history of PICA’s building and site;
  • Spark curiosity and expand the relevance and reach of contemporary arts experiences.

When will the work be selected, developed and presented?

Applications Open4 April  2022
Online Information Session 121 April 2022
Online Information Session 2 6 May 2022
Applications Close29 May 2022
Applicant Notification27 June 2022 (week of)
Artwork Development & FabricationJuly – December 2022
Artwork Installation24 January  –   7 February 2023 (TBC)

How long will the work be presented for?

Approximately one year from installation but this may be more or less, dependent on the type of work selected and at the discretion of PICA.

Who Can Apply?

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to all Australian based visual artists who are age 17+.

Applicants must be available to travel to Perth to install the work & participate in public program events between January 24 – February 12, 2023 (dates TBC). Travel costs for 1 artist are covered by PICA.

All artists & contractors working on the project must be fully vaccinated, unless the person is exempt in line with WA State Government requirements. Click here for information regarding PICA’s COVID-19 Safety Policies.

Can a collective of artists apply?

Yes, however the artist fee will remain $8000 and will need to be distributed among the collective members. Additionally, PICA can only support travel costs for 1 member of the collective.

Do I have to be based in WA to apply?

You do not need to be based in WA to apply. Applications are open to artists from all states and territories, who are based in Australia. Travel costs for install period & launch covered by PICA. 

Application Process

How long are applications open for?

Applications are open from Monday 4 April until 5pm Sunday 29 May, 2022

How do I apply?

Applications are submitted through the PICA website on the application page here.

Before applying review all information in the Info Pack and FAQs.

The following items need to be submitted to apply for the Judy Wheeler Commission:

  • Artist CV (Max 2 x A4 pages)
  • Artwork proposal (Max 2 x A4 pages) addressing:
    • Artwork concept & medium
    • Proposed PICA space/s
    • Key production milestones
    • How the project responds to the objectives of the Judy Wheeler Commission
  • Visual presentation of proposed artwork (drawing or similar) (Max 5 images)
  • Examples of relevant previous work (Max 5 images)

Please note that PICA may request additional information or clarification from the applicant if shortlisted.

Is it possible to submit my application in an alternative format?

Yes, please contact exhibitions@pica.org.au to arrange an accessible method of submission. 

Can I get feedback on my draft application? 

There will be no opportunities for formal draft application review but bring all of your questions to the online information sessions on April 21 and May 6. If you’re unable to attend these sessions you can contact exhibitions@pica.org.au for further support. 

Can I submit more that 1 proposal?

Only 1 submission per individual artist will be accepted. An artist can however submit an additional application as part of an artist collective.

How does the application pool work?

Applicants who are not successful in the first year can choose to have their proposal considered in the following two years. 

Do I need to identify key project personnel in my application?

Yes, if there are additional paid creatives and or you are actively working with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to develop the proposed work this should be identified in your proposal.

Can the proposed work have been previously presented?

No, the proposed work must be new and made specifically for the PICA site. 

Do I have to select one PICA space for my proposal?

No, you can propose to use both the PICA entrance foyer and stairwell. View the spaces here.

Can I get feedback on my submission if I am unsuccessful? 

Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications, we will be unable to provide feedback to each applicant. However we encourage you to maintain a relationship with PICA, and apply again in the future. 

Are applications going to be open every year, or are you programming all the works for the next 10 years this year?

Don’t worry! We are excited to see what future artists have to offer as contemporary art continues to evolve. Applications are open every year.

Selection Process

How does the selection process work?

The applications will initially be reviewed against the selection criteria by a panel including:

Carol Innes 
Co-Director Danjoo Koorliny

Dr Christina Chau
Director, Engagement, Impact and Indigenous School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Humanities Curtin University

José Da Silva
Director, UNSW Galleries

Sarah Wall
PICA Curator

A shortlist of 3 will be developed by the panel with the final selection to be made by PICA. 

What is the selection criteria?

Applications will be assessed against the criteria below:

Eligibility 
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements.

Program Objectives
Applications must address some or all of the objectives of the Judy Wheeler Commission.

Feasibility
The proposed artwork must be appropriate to be installed within the PICA Building and be delivered within the timelines and budgets set out. 

What kinds of proposals are you looking for?

Proposals should respond to the below objectives of the Judy Wheeler Commission.

The objectives of this program is to commission works that:

  • Support and facilitate artists to produce ambitious artistic projects, particularly those that reflect the diversity of our society;
  • Activate the public spaces through which visitors enter and move through PICA;
  • Are accessible, high-quality and celebrate the breadth and inventiveness of Australian contemporary arts practices;
  • Respond to or challenge the architecture and history of PICA’s building and site;
  • Spark curiosity and expand the relevance and reach of contemporary arts experiences.

Support from PICA

How will the development of the work be supported?

In addition to financial support, the selected recipient will be supported by the PICA exhibitions team throughout the development, fabrication, and installation of the work. During the development phase there will be regular meetings with PICA’s Curator to track the progress of the artwork. PICA’s Exhibitions Manager & Production Coordinator will provide support through the coordination and production planning of your project.

Do you provide documentation of the work and how can it be used afterwards?

Yes, PICA will document the work, use of the photographs will be subject to approval by PICA and require all appropriate credits.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Before applying review all information in the Info Pack and FAQs.

PICA will be hosting two online information sessions on April 21 and May 6. This is the best opportunity to get your questions answered. 

If you’re unable to attend these sessions, you can contact exhibitions@pica.org.au for further support. 

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