City to welcome Artist-in-residence

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The City of Joondalup is bringing internationally-renowned artist and researcher Dr Helen Pynor to Joondalup through its Artist-in-Residence program.

Dr Pynor will be a guest of the City from 13 October to 30 November, during which time she will develop a concept for a commissioned artwork that she will produce for the City.

The Sydney-based artist’s practice is characterised by an engagement with living biological entities (organs, cells) through which she explores the nature of human and non-human bodies.

During her stay, she will exchange ideas with scientists and healthcare practitioners. Her research methods in the past have included residencies in Australian and international scientific and clinical institutions.

Members of the public have also appeared as participants in Dr Pynor’s past projects.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said Dr Pynor was the second artist to take up residency in the City through the Artist-in-Residence program, following the successful visit of New York’s Brandon Ballengée in 2015.

Mayor Jacob said the program was an effective way to contract an artist to create an original artwork, engage the community in discussions of shared values and a sense of place while offering artists the opportunity to access new audiences.

“A successful residency should be of mutual benefit to both artist and host and Dr Pynor’s visit gives the City an opportunity to view the local area through the fresh eyes of a visitor and her creative response to her time in our City,” he said.

“We look forward to hosting this very talented artist and adding her finished artwork, based on her personal connections with our City and its people, to our already impressive art collection, which plays such an important role in shaping and developing our sense of community.”

Any Joondalup residents interested in taking part in Dr Pynor’s work should email visualarts@joondalup.wa.gov.au

Dr Pynor will be part of a panel discussion about regeneration on Thursday 25 October at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup. This free event is being presented by the City, in conjunction with the University of Western Australia’s SymbioticA – an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and critique of life sciences.

Professional scientific and medical communities in Joondalup, as well as residents and businesses interested in exploring issues of physical ability, access and inclusion, injury and rehabilitation and biomedical innovations are invited to attend.

More information and registrations (RSVP essential) on the Artist in-residence webpage.