Spaced 3: north by southeast is a program centred on an artists’ exchange between Nordic and Australian visual artists. The program spanned three years (2016-18) and constituted the core of the third iteration of spaced, a recurring international program of context-responsive art, presented by International Art Space (IAS).
Spaced 3: north by southeast concluded with an ambitious group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, 18 August 2018 - 7 January 2019.
Spaced 3: north by southeast comprised 11 residency-based projects that took place in regional, remote and outer-urban locations in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Western Australia. Nordic artists undertook their residencies in Western Australia, whilst Australian artists were placed in the Nordic region. These residencies were positioned as the means to develop new works, created by each artist, in response to their engagement with the social, environmental and historical contexts of the host communities.
Spaced 3: north by southeast explored the significant cultural, social and environmental parallels between the Nordic countries and Australia.
Residency locations were situated in regional, remote or outer-urban centres. Underlying this curatorial choice was the idea that even smaller communities with a strong sense of their unique identity are deeply affected by global economic, environmental and social forces. Due to this, they face challenges that are in some respects shared by other, seemingly unrelated communities across the world. The ultimate aim being to explore local issues in a global context through cross-cultural exchanges mediated by art.
This core program was complemented by the spaced 3: Education and Community Access program presented by Act-Belong-Commit, symposia, and an extensive exhibition catalogue.
Participating artists: Robyn Backen (NSW), Michelle Eistrup (Denmark), Gustav Hellberg (Sweden), Deborah Kelly (NSW), Danius Kesminas (VIC), Tor Lindstrand (Sweden), Heidi Lunabba (Finland), Dan McCabe (WA), Linda Persson (Sweden), Keg de Souza (NSW), Sam Smith (NSW).
Nordic partners: Baltic Art Center (Gotland, Sweden), FABRIKKEN for Kunst & Design (Copenhagen, Denmark), Kirsten Kjaers Museum (Thylejren, Denmark), Mustarinda (Hyrynsalmi, Finland), Nes Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, Iceland), Rejmyre Art LAB (Rejmyre, Sweden).
West Australian partners: ArtGeo Complex (Busselton), Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council (Ravensthorpe), Shire of Leonora (Leonora), Wangaree Community Centre/DADAA (Lancelin), Warlayirti Artists (Balgo).