Platform Arts LAB 2022 need you to be their next resident artist

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Platform Arts LAB 2022 need you to be their next resident artist

Words by Alice McDonald

This programme is bound to kick start your artistic career

Applications are almost about to close for Platform LAB 2022. Platform Arts have created a wonderful safe space for creatives to grow and collaborate and they’re looking for their newest member of the team – could be you!

The key takeaways

  • Applications to be apart of the Platform LAB creative team 2022 close Sunday 21st Novmeber
  • Chosen artists will receive $5000 to create art and be an artistic resident at Platform Arts
  • Three core streams have been developed for 2022: Digital Residency; Studio Artists; and Creative Development

Platform LAB champions the creative development process of artists across diverse disciplines and at all stages of career. With intensive workshops, mentorships, financial support and Facilitated cultural and community-led programs, LAB stands out from all other artist in residence programmes. Chosen artists will receive $5000 in total to encourage them to create and learn and further develop their portfolio. For 2022, Platform LAB will expand to support a larger cohort of artists through the investment of over $100,000 in financial and in-kind support.

The programme situates artists within a supported cross-disciplinary framework in which to develop their practice, test ideas and engage in contemporary dialogues around artistic production and labour, whilst championing the creative development process; supporting and encouraging artists to experiment within their practice, undertake research and initiate collaborations that will strengthen the future of their arts careers.

Here’s a look at some of the work that’s been curated in 2021.


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by Jasmine Low, Matthew Mifsud, Haiden Nettle & Dana Sinnamon.

Let’s meet some of the other 2021 LAB resident artists.

Artistic duo and proud Gunditjmara Keerray Woorroong women from Western Victoria, Kelsey and Tarryn Love seek to “challenge the generalization of the term ‘Indigenous art’. Through our work we would like to demonstrate a celebration of Indigeneity that signifies the diversity of social experiences, cultural identities and subjective positions of our people, while simultaneously acknowledging how our peoples have survived and continue to in the face of colonialism.”


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Other standouts from the 2021 programme include:
Jesse Dacosta, a visual and multidisciplinary artist, creates art “as a means of expressing my individuality, which is the experiences/influences informed by many my different identities as black, queer and a ‘third culture kid’.”

I am most impressed with this piece of a Converse design that was all about queerness and intersectionality.


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Another standout artist would have to be Abby Rich who shines through working across canvas, walls and the body their work is an inquiry into human relationships to each other and their environments.


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If all of this has inspired you to learn more, head to the Platform Arts website and apply now.
Applications close sunday 21st November so get in quick.