Photograph © 2013-2014 Barbara Madden
As the name suggests, Paperartzi is all about paper and art. During the three Paperartzi events presented by NewArts Inc. in 2007, 2009 and 2011, paper was both the inspiration and the medium for a range of local, national and international artists who cut, marked, stretched, compressed, folded, tore, glued and rubbed this humble material to create fascinating two and three-dimensional artworks.
In choosing paper as a theme for these two week contemporary art festivals, the events were linked to a major local industry - the export of wood chips from the Albany Port to Japan. For each biennial event, visual artists from WA and beyond, along with writers and performers, all contributed to exciting programs of exhibitions, readings, talks, workshops and performances, with much of the art presented in shop fronts, cafes and outdoor public spaces in central Albany. The CBD literally came alive with amazing paper creations and performances. Every exhibition space in the town displayed paper-based artworks whilst international and national guest artists presented talks, workshops and performances. Hundreds of school children became involved through creative activities and attending guided tours of the exhibitions.
The main aim of Paperartzi was to bring contemporary art into the public domain, to locations where non-gallery visitors would come across art in different places. Many people have commented on how much they enjoyed this aspect of the events. Visitors could plan their viewing as well by using the map of locations provided in a brochure. In presenting art in public spaces in the CBD, the purpose was not only to increase the local community’s opportunity to see and engage with contemporary art but also worked towards furthering NewArts’ mission to develop an audience for an A class gallery in Albany.