One of the MCA’s key programs, C3West is predicated on the belief that artists can bring unique value to situations beyond the gallery context. Through careful brokerage processes, C3West creates contexts in which artists work strategically with arts partners, businesses and non-arts government organisations across Greater Sydney. Since 2006 C3West has developed a range of partnerships with companies and communities in Penrith, Liverpool, Goulburn, Blacktown and Hurstville, aligning corporate social investment strategies with community development.
C3West places contemporary artists at the core of these projects – giving voice to local issues and collaborating with the business sector in new ways. Rather than passive sponsorship, our business partners work dynamically with us to define each project’s scope. Furthermore, the knowledge regarding key participant communities held by both arts and business partners constitute highly specialised bodies of research that are of great value to the commissioned artists.
C3West has established a leadership reputation for developing authentic and ethical partnerships with Western Sydney partners and communities, delivering uniquely creative and strategic outcomes.
In 2015, Crown Resorts Foundation awarded C3West with substantial ongoing project funding until 2019, allowing C3West to plan with certainty for the medium to long-term. This unprecedented funding security represents a new stage for C3West, considerably expanding the capacity of the program to undertake projects of significant scope and scale.
Senior Curator, C3West Anne Loxley – c3west [at] mca.com.au
Expanding on the 2015 conference of the same name, this essential publication delves into crucial questions about the intersection of socially engaged and public art practices.
This international conference focused on the intersection of social and public projects, and the possibilities of art practice in public space.
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