Shireen Taweel Mural Project

Copper Transmissions 2020

Presented by Helpmann Academy and SA Power Networks in partnership with Arts South Australia, the City of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and ACE Open

Together with the Helpmann Academy SA Power Networks are commissioning Sydney based multimedia installation artist Shireen Taweel to create a unique, specially designed work titled Copper Transmissions 2020 to be installed at the SA Power Networks Hindley Street Substation in the West End of Adelaide.

Providing a meaningful professional development opportunity for South Australian emerging artists, the Helpmann Academy will engage a small group of emerging visual artists to participate in the production and installation of this large scale, high profile work. Artists will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from Shireen; gaining knowledge and experience in copper-smithing and the nuances of creating a site specific public art piece.

Open to graduates from Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions, the selected artists will play a significant role in bringing the work to life, while being mentored by Shireen. This is a unique opportunity to learn from and be inspired by an artist of Shireen’s calibre, and form part of a team installing a notable public art work.

Interested artists will need to submit a brief application, including their academic transcript and artist CV by Wednesday 4 March 2020, 11:59pm ACDT.

Selected artists will need to be available for the following dates:

  • Production workshops –  24-28 March, 2020
  • Finalising production – April-May, 2020
  • Installation of the work is scheduled for late July, artists are welcome to observe the installation.

Selected artists will be offered an artist fee of $2500

Artists are required to purchase a small number tools required including handsaw, blades and drill bits. Full details will be provided to the selected artists.

Shireen Taweel is a multimedia installation artist based in Sydney, whose work broaches issues of the construction of cultural heritage, knowledge and identity through language and the constantly shifting public space of the social, political and religious axiom. Her artistic practice draws from the personal experiences of being Lebanese Australian living between cultures, and how the physical spaces within her community reflect a complex cultural landscape of transformation expressed through hybridity and plurality. The project development of Shireen’s works are often site-specific, weaving local narratives and research with a focus on experimentation in material and sound through site.

Shireen’s constant acquisition of traditional coppersmith artisan skills is a research vessel for community focused conceptual development, and through a progressive application of the collected artisan techniques and a manipulation of the traditional acts of making that leads to possibilities of cross-cultural discourse opening dialogues of shared histories and fluid community identities.

For more information please contact the Helpmann Academy on (08) 7089 0720 or [email protected]

Image: Shireen Taweel – Devices for Listening, detail, 2020, engraved and pierced copper’. Photo by Document Photography.

Applications to participate in the Shireen Taweel Mural Project have closed.