About Rural Utopias
Rural Utopias is an exhibition co-presented by SPACED and The Art Gallery of Western Australia. Featuring 10 mid-career artists from across Australia, the exhibition is a key outcome of a series of residencies undertaken by the artists in remote and regional WA. Artists completed their residencies in two six-week blocks, with the first half focused on contributing to the community through social engagement and collaboration, and the second focused on an exhibition outcome in the community. After the residency was completed artists focused on creating a new artwork/s for the AGWA exhibition, which is being presented alongside a selection of works from the State Art Collection, curated collaboratively with SPACED Curator Miranda Johnson and the artists. Taken together the artists have responded to the exhibition theme of ‘rural utopias’.
SPACED commissions context - responsive and socially engaged art projects across the whole of Western Australia and beyond. Our programs are grounded in artistic practices that explore everyday life issues and histories through a dialogue with diverse social groups. Through our programs, we create diverse and challenging experiences for artists and communities through contemporary visual art. For 25 years, our organisation has been delivering programs that build connections between contemporary art and non‐specialist audiences, especially, but not exclusively, in regional and remote communities. The art projects we commission as part of these programs emerge from residencies that enable artists to engage with specific social, environmental, and historical contexts.