RAF Case Study | The Artist in Residence - Shepp Train Project

‘The Artist in Residence – Shepp Train Project’ was a three-week practice based arts residency that created a transient space for the participating artists on the V/Line train service from Shepparton to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne. Artists were in residence on board the train and on train station platforms at either end of the line.  The project was presented as part of the 2016 Shepparton Festival.

Local artists Serana Hunt, Mini Leug, Bruce Hughes and ten members of the Shepparton Textiles Artist Group were invited to explore the social and cultural conditions of place through their chosen media, documenting individual memories and personal experiences.

At least one artist travelled on the V/Line train daily during the 17 days of the Festival, 13 artists made over 50 journeys. Installation plinths were installed at both Shepparton Station and Southern Cross Station and work was changed daily.

Cultural and Economic Impacts:

  • Artistic excellence was achieved in a two-fold way – the artists themselves produced high quality work; and were supported through a mentorship by festival staff and a residency mentor
  • Employment opportunities were created in that the artists were financially supported to be in residence for three weeks
  • A new partnership was formed in Melbourne, signifying the first time that the festival had engaged with a metropolitan audience
  • Increased cultural participation by a broad cross-section of the community was achieved through gentle presence of the artists in public spaces

Social Impact:

  • Broadened exposure to and engagement with the arts by showcasing contemporary multi-arts in a public space to a broad cross-section of the community including those who do not usually attend arts events.
  • The festival is designed to embrace all that is Greater Shepparton and invites audiences to look at their region differently; to be consumed during the festival experience. It encourages connections to the environment, challenges artists, community groups and organisations to engage with local industries, to be consumed by process and practice and share their outcomes. This project achieved this outcome on a daily basis during the festival.

Click here to watch a short film that was made to document the project.

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