Monday, 2 October 2017

Emerging arts have the chance to expand their skills through three exciting opportunities on offer at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM).

Every year, CASM provides exciting capacity building opportunities for both local Mandurah and nonlocal artists.

CASM features nine exhibitions each year supporting local, state, national and international artists. During the 2016-2017 exhibition period, CASM exhibited the works of 117 artists displaying contemporary artworks including textiles, sculpture, ceramics, installation, drawing, printmaking, painting and jewellery.

Applications are now open for the annual Exhibition Program, the Artist Residency Program and the Tiny Treasures Christmas Artists' Sales exhibition.

Mayor Marina Vergone said the arts, culture and heritage sector was a very important aspect of the community and the City of Mandurah was delighted to provide capacity building opportunities for emerging artists.

“Artist mentoring is a key aspect of learning and growth for artists and it’s great to see our local arts sector continue to grow through opportunities like this,” she said.

“We’re encouraging artists to take advantage of these exciting opportunities at CASM that will help artists explore and develop their skills and passion.”

The Exhibition Application Program encourages emerging artists to apply for exhibition space as a solo artist, or within an artist group. Each exhibition generally runs over four weekends and, on average, attracts between 500 to 800 visitors.

Emerging artists are encouraged to take risks within the presentation of new works and explore new mediums and technologies.

The CASM Studio Residency program offers the opportunity for two emerging artists to use onsite studio spaces to research and develop a new body of work. Artists have 16 hours per day access to the studios and can apply for three to 12 month residencies. At the end of the residency period, the resident artists are able to present a solo exhibition at CASM.

Applications are also open for inclusion in the Tiny Treasures Christmas Artists’ Sale. This stunning, curated exhibition requires artists to create original, high quality artworks no larger than 30cm x 30cm x 30cm to a value of $300 or less. The past two years have seen the exhibition sell up to $21,000 of stock during the five week exhibition period.

Terms and conditions and application forms can be found on For further information, contact the Gallery Development Officer on 9550 3989 during gallery hours, Wednesday to Friday between 9am to 4pm.

The programs offered by CASM are a key part of the City’s Arts, Heritage and Culture Strategy designed to build a unique, rich and creative world class cultural city with opportunity for all.