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Powerhouse Parramatta and Cité internationale des arts announce 2024 Galang Residents

Phoebe Blogg -

Striving to bring together talented artists in the heart of Paris, The Cité internationale des arts is an artist residency that allows artists to implement a creative or research project in all disciplines, for periods of two months to a year.

After confirmation the program would be returning this year, Sydney-based Worimi and Biripi guri architect Jack Gillmer and multidisciplinary Yuggera and Biri artist from Brisbane, Jody Rallah have been announced as recipients of the 2024 Galang Residency program.

Despite this being only the second iteration of the program, expressions of interest for the program were received from practitioners across the country from a wide range of disciplines including jewellery design, architecture, choreography, fashion, writing and visual arts.

2024 Galang residency recipient, Jody Rallah shared her excitement on being selected, saying it is an incredible opportunity she is extremely grateful for.

"I feel overwhelmingly grateful to have this incredible opportunity to undertake this research with the galang residency," Ms Rallah said.

"This opportunity means that I can learn more about how tactile languages (such as Braille) can provide insight into haptic art-making processes that can affect resurgent art and cultural practices in my communities and how this can be applied in immersive art experiences."

2024 Galang residency recipient, Jody Rallah. (Image: Rob Hookey)

Powerhouse chief executive, Lisa Havilah was also eager to share the news and name the new residency participants. Whilst the program did receive a great deal of submissions and expressions of interest, it was Gillmer and Rallah’s who caught the judges eye.

"The high calibre of submissions we received for the second iteration of the Galang Residency highlights the incredible talent of Australia’s First Nations creative practitioners," Ms Havilah said.

"We are looking forward to seeing the outcomes of Jack Gillmer and Jody Rallah’s projects, which will redefine the cultural sector."

Foundations by Jody Rallah. (Photographed by: Joe Ruckli) 

When it did come to the Galang Residency selection panel, those selected were Powerhouse Associate, Wiradjuri artist writer and curator Dr Brook Garru Andrew, head of the Residency Department Cité internationale des arts Vincent Gonzalvez, and Powerhouse associate director First Nations Beau James. 

The selection panel further expressed their support for Gillmer and Rallah’s proposed projects - which are sure to continue to inspire conversations about restitution and accessibility in the cultural sector.

Jody Rallah will be undertaking the residency in May. She will develop work that reflects her research into the application of braille and other tactile language systems into intimate and collaborative haptic artmaking approaches.

Rallah’s residency will also enhance her creative practice by deepening her understanding of how the built environment, architecture and curated recreational spaces can be used to facilitate cultural preservation. 

Eucalyptusdom. Designed collaboratively by Australian architect Richard Leplastrier AO, SJB architects Jack Gillmer and Adam Haddow, and 3D spatial designer Vania Contreras. (Photography by Zan Zimberley. Courtesy of Powerhouse.)

On the other hand, recipient Jack Gillmer will travel to Paris in July. Throughout his residency, he will investigate the display and treatment of Indigenous artefacts and collection, reckoning with the colonial history of museology and the future of cultural material acquisition and exhibition.

He will also explore the concept of a ‘Global off-Country Keeping Place’ for cultural materials undergoing repatriation or lacking an on-Country Keeping Place.

“It feels surreal. I’m ecstatic, encouraged, and positively assertive. The residency provides support to continue exploration of my personal and professional drivers, giving agency, opportunity and voice to traditional custodians in areas that are inherently colonial," Mr Gillmer said.

"Using architecture as a medium of investigation, I’m excited to see the potential this will have on defining an approach to architecture and museology to Indigenous practices."

2024 Galang residency recipient, Jack Gillmer. (Image: Rob Hookey)

For periods of two months to a year, in the Marais or in Montmartre, the Cité internationale des arts allows artists to work in an environment that is conducive to creation and open to meetings with professionals from the cultural milieu. Artists in residence benefit from customised support from the Cité internationale des arts team.

Aiming to support two Australian First Nations creative practitioners through two intensive three-month residencies in Paris, the community hope to see this program return time and time again.

Known as the largest museum group in Australia, Powerhouse Museum sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science, and technology.

Playing a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues, the Galang Residency program is just one of many ways the historical museum is striving to both educate and create opportunity for community both now and into the future.  

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