The Kiosk 3x6 Project
October 2017 - January 2018
In October 2017 Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains combined with Toolo, Blue Mountains Tool Library to launch a major funded arts initiative at Katoomba Falls Kiosk, a heritage listed 1920s building overlookig the Blue Mountains escarpment. Blue Mountains City Council supported the project through a short-term lease of the building at a reduced rate.
The Kiosk 3x6 Project, which was supported by Create NSW funding, involved a series of three intensive curatorial residencies over the last four months of the Kiosk’s lease. Each residency was led by an artist-curator who worked closely with five other artists to develop complex multi-layered exhibitions, turning the Kiosk from studios into exhibition spaces, each over a period of only six weeks.
The project was a great success, providing professional support and exhibition experience for the three artist-curators as well as exhibition opportunities for 15 artists. The three exhibitions were visited by hundreds of people from the Blue Mountains, Sydney, and beyond and also demonstrated the viability of the approach used in the project for re-activitating unused buildings and venues on a short-term basis.
Drawing in the Expanded Field
This six-week project was the second artistic and curatorial process of the Kiosk Studios 3x6 series. The residency followed an experimental approach to contemporary drawing practice, taking as a starting point the history, architecture and landscape of the Katoomba Falls Kiosk site. Artists involved included Mark Surtees, Peachey & Mosig, Rachel Dooris, Sarah Breen Lovett and Rebecca Waterstone.
The third and final show as part of The Kiosk 3×6 Project is Holding Space curated by Danica Knezevic. It is an exhibition of performative experiences that consider the transference of the self through empathy. The works by the participating artists relate to the themes of care-giving and concern for the other, relational space of access and participation.