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Centre for Projection Art

CPA Artist-In-Residence Program + GSPF 2022

Hello everyone,
In my short journey as the CEO of this micro organisation, I have been fortunate to inherit a wonderful legacy left behind by my immediate predecessor Bianca Bowman and others who have led the growth of this organisation before me. I am aware and conscious of the potential end-of-financial-year donation fatigue so instead of creating a wide campaign, today I am writing to you directly because you are our community, and perhaps with us here because you are engaged with and can feel and see the work that we do. 

I am writing to ask for your financial support for two of our core programs specifically, our Artists in Residence program and the annual Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

The artists in residence program was piloted by the centre during a challenging period of 2020. As new programs tend to be, the pilot was at the time successfully funded through grants, private donations and professional networks. In the last two years alone, we have been able to support 20+ artists in their practice through mentorships and by creating access to technical and conceptual expertise for experimenting with their ideas. CPA also provides visibility for the residency developments in form of public activations. These artists, mentors and their subsequent communities become a part of the growing landscape of our organisation. The program is responsive and expansive through which we continue to create rigorous dialogues in different contexts and we are working hard to keep this program going. The much-loved Gertrude Street Projection Festival needs no introduction. After the last two years of barriers created by the extended lockdowns, the deeply felt isolation and reflection, this year we are working towards creating a sense of gathering and a festive celebration through the framework of care. As a team, we would like to honour the story and history of Gertrude Street and cement the relationships that have carried this festival forward with such love every year. 

I can speak for everyone that I am in conversation with when I write these words - we love this work, and we love engaging with a very diverse and broad community. The artists we work with are thoughtful, caring, exciting and dedicated to their practices. The supporting and presenting partners we work with are committed to hold this space with us. As a growing art organisation, we are interested in an emergent, reciprocal and invitational way of working. And to do this work effectively and sustainably we need your support.  

Requesting financial support always feels awkward because that is the structure we exist within, however, I am reframing this for myself as I join this narrative. I am sure you will agree that this is in fact empowering and necessary. Based on your capacity please contribute what feels comfortable in your individual and collective spaces. Small or big, your donations will be directed towards caring for and supporting the artistic practices that we are working with to create impactful and felt outcomes for our communities.

With gratitude.

Priya (on behalf of the Centre for Projection Art staff, board and artistic committee)

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