Date published: 9/10/2013

Artsource has announced its 2014 residency recipients, granting two Western Australian artists the chance to develop their practices overseas and interstate.

Paul Caporn won the $28,000 Artsource Basel Exchange Residency, a unique opportunity based in Switzerland’s cultural capital from July to December each year. Established in 1989, the Artsource Basel Exchange Residency is supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Christoph Merian Foundation in Switzerland.

Tané Andrews was awarded the $7,200 Artsource Artspace Residency and will travel to Sydney from October to December 2014. Artsource has offered this residency since 1995 in partnership with the Department of Culture and the Arts and Artspace in Sydney.

With a career spanning more than 20 years, Caporn is a multidisciplinary artist predominantly working in the fields of sculpture, installation, assemblage and video. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in over forty group and eight solo exhibitions. His work has been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Artbank, The Stokes Collection and many private collectors.

“My work often explores ideas that respond to Australia and WA in particular, engaging with the elastic nature of history and place. Ideas surrounding failure and collapse have strongly influenced my recent work, but my major concern is the interplay between structure, form, colour and materials,” Caporn said.

“The Artsource Basel Exchange Residency will greatly extend my capacity to engage with global ideas and also further my research into plastics developed by companies like Bayer and Dupont. Basel has one of the highest densities of museums in Europe, and the Museum of Contemporary Art holds work by three of my artistic influences; Joseph Bueys, Bruce Naumann and Matthew Barney.”

Emerging artist Tané Andrews works across drawn works, sculptural paper forms and kinetic installations. After returning from London in 2008 Andrews began to focus exclusively on his art practice and since 2009 he has had four solo exhibitions and his work has been acquired by John Curtin Gallery, the City of Perth and numerous private collectors.

“The Artsource Artspace Residency will allow me to grow and develop; it is the next step in my evolution as an artist,” Andrews said.

“During my residency, I would like to develop a specific body of work relating to the unique flora of Sydney’s Botanic Gardens. I have a fascination with the passage of time, mortality and the cycles of natural life. My goal is to create works that are simultaneously delicate and strong,” he continued.

“I also plan to develop relationships with laser-cutter manufacturers, as the technology for creating large scale work with the appropriate control and finish is not currently available in Perth.”

Artsource Chief Executive Gavin Buckley said, “We are pleased to announce Paul Caporn and Tané Andrews as 2014 Artsource residency recipients. Residencies are a valuable opportunity for artists to gain a new creative perspective, conduct research and expand their networks. Paul and Tané were selected from a strong field of applicants and we are sure that they will benefit greatly from this opportunity.”

Each year, the Artsource residency program gives Western Australian artists the opportunity to develop their artistic practices outside of their normal routines, across the globe. The program includes the Artsource Basel Exchange Residency, the Artsource Artspace Residency and the Artsource Go Anywhere Residency, as well as seven residencies in regional Western Australia.

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