Here at Arts Access Australia (AAA), we're excited to announce that we've teamed up with Google Australia’s Creative Lab to create an Artist in Residence pilot project. One artist with disability will spend three months inside Google, exploring the people, the workplace and the technology.
The project came about after AAA’s Co-CEO Kirstin Sillitoe saw a presentation by Google’s Tom Uglow at the Australia Council for the Arts Marketing Summit in Hobart in 2014.
“I really enjoyed Tom’s presentation,” Kirstin said. “He had a really neat take on the world and I was drawn to how he saw the interaction between technology and people. So I thought, I wonder if he’d be interested in the different perspective that artists with disability can provide. We started a conversation and arrived at the idea of an Artist in Residence.”
Writer Gaele Sobott is the first Artist in Residence. Having completed the first part of her residency, Gaele is already buzzing with ideas:
"It is something of a luxury and very exciting to sit in the Google office in the midst of a small creative team, absorb their ideas, ask questions and create in response. It has opened up different and new digital, mental and physical spaces for me to consider the way we shape and receive narratives."
Once AAA has completed the pilot project, they’ll share some of Gaele’s process and work. Then AAA and Google will spend some time evaluating the process and then look at options for the future.