Busselton's Artgeo new offer for artists

Artgeo is offering Stables 3 studio for artists who need a workshop for three months.
Artgeo is offering Stables 3 studio for artists who need a workshop for three months.

After having to cancel six months worth of exhibitions, workshops and events due to COVID 19 restrictions, Artgeo have found a new way to help local artists.

Artgeo coordinator John Reid said the complex was severely impacted by the pandemic but when one door closed, another opened.

"Phase three of recovery was enacted by Mark McGowan and we had two weeks to organise staff and how to move forward," he said.

"In response to this, and the current environment, the City of Busselton is offering a free artist's residency to help kick start the arts scene in the cultural precinct.

"Four artists per year working in their chosen field will be given the opportunity to use Stable 3 in the Courtyard of the historic Courthouse Complex, for a three-month period for free."

As well as this, Artgeo has been offering local artists the opportunity to exhibit their work for free.

Mr Reid said as a result of this offer, the gallery has been booked out for the month of July. Expressions of interest close July 31, 2020, visit www.artgeo.com.au for guidelines and criteria. The state government are also supporting the industry with the announcement that artists and organisations could have access to up to $15,000 worth of grants. The $1 million grant program aims to support on ongoing creative and cultural activity in Western Australia's regions.

The first round of applications for the grant program opened in July.

Mr Reid said Artgeo work with Art on the Move to access state government funding and the centre was open for artists to get help to apply for grants.

"Artgeo has a strong partnership with Art on the Move and we look forward to accessing their funding post COVID," he said.