In Residence is a new initiative for artist-run spaces at the Art Fair on the Mezzanine of The Cloud. While the Art Fair has supported emerging artists through Piki Mai: Up Here ^^ since 2018 and the Projects programme since 2016, In Residence provided curatorial support and helped ensure that the full cost of participation was covered for each booth through successfully spearheading a Boosted campaign.
The spaces who showed are mothermother, Parasite, RM Gallery and Project Space, Satchi & Satchi & Satchi and Wet Green. Each unique in the ways they operate, they form a vibrant and important part of Aotearoa’s art ecology and help provide an essential opportunity for experimentation with exhibition-making and art practice through bringing energy and a new perspective to their presentations.
This new section of the Fair was facilitated by Becky Hemus, a writer and curator based in Tāmaki Makaurau who is also a co-founder of Wet Green and May Fair Art Fair. In Residence included artist talks and a commissioned text was distributed alongside each presentation. It was the first time that so many artist-run spaces were able to participate in the Fair.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Boosted campaign to make this endeavour possible. Your support, along with funding from Creative New Zealand for RM, enabled this project to become a reality.
Please click on the following links if you would like to read the commissioned text for each gallery: