Little Orange is a Campbelltown Arts Centre working studio for Western Sydney artists who identify as a person with disability, d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing and/or Disabled Creatives. The studio has been running since 2014 and fosters high quality artistic practice through the provision of materials, mentorships, business training and access to industry professionals.
Little Orange artists have a broad range of practices spanning drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and performance. The purpose of the studio is to provide a platform for establishing artists to develop and launch their career through opportunities within the C-A-C artistic program and community.
Past projects by Little Orange artists include a large-scale mural at Apex Park by Jess Fesic, a floor mural at Ingleburn town square by Jessica Pound and a NAIDOC week mural at Macarthur Square by Sri Thulin. 2019 achievements include Little Orange Presents at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, where Adam Jones performed in a tarot booth, Imogen Jade served drinks at her Creamy Cocktail Bar and Joel Beers offered rides on Tony’s Bus made of painted cardboard, installed over a real golf buggy. Little Orange set up their working studios at The 2019 Other Art Fair, speaking to visitors about their practice and hosted the birthday celebration of Campbelltown Art Centre’s 30th Anniversary exhibition We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another). Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Art Gallery of NSW invited the Studio to collaborate on the AGNSW Art After Hours ‘2019 International Day of People with Disability’ exhibition and a series of ‘Love & Happiness’ Kaldor talks. 2020 saw the studio focus on public art projects, including Eagle Farm Park, Redfern Park, Rizal Park and a city-wide domestic violence awareness campaign with artist Giselle Stanborough. In 2021, Richard J Bell was mentored by Tongan culture and language consultant Mary Haeva and Xeni Kusumitra’s painting of C-A-C Director Michael Dagostino, marking his tenth year at the Arts Centre, was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.
2021 Little Orange artists include: Adam Jones, Jessica Fesic, Joel Beers, Imogen Jade, Peter Gregson, Brendalee Coan , Sri Thulin, Jessica Pound, Renee Allara, Richard J Bell, Blake Thomas, Gerard O’dwyer and Xeni Kusumitra
Little Orange Studio is coordinated by David Capra and co-facilitated by Julie Finch.
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Little Orange expression of interest
Placement in the studio is accessed according to strength of an individual’s artistic practice and their demonstrated dedication to establishing a career in the arts.
If you or someone you know is interested in commissioning or becoming a part of the studio please contact the C-A-C team
by email [email protected]
or phone 02 4645 4100.
Imogen Jade’s Creamy Cocktail Bar, Little Orange Presents, Sydney Contemporary. Photo: Nancy Trieu
Joel Beers’ Tony’s Bus, Little Orange Presents, Sydney Contemporary. Photo: Nancy Trieu
Jessica Pound’s Into the Night floor mural, Ingleburn
Sri Thulin, North to South: A Turtle’s Long Journey, Macarthur Square, NAIDOC Week 2018. Photo: Greg Fonne
Jessica Fesic, Apex Park mural, Bradbury, 2017
Archibald Prize 2021 finalist Xeni Kusumitra, adrift oil on linen panel 35.5 x 28cm, Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter Sitter: Michael Dagostino