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Angelica Mesiti, Parking Lot Dragon, 2011, performance documentation, Westfield carpark rooftop, Hurstville, 2011, commissioned by C3West for Hurstville City Council, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Jamie North

C3West is a long-term program which creates situations for artists to work strategically with business and non-arts government organisations.

Since 2006 C3West has developed a range of partnerships with corporations and communities in Greater Sydney. C3West places contemporary artists at the core of projects which give voice to local issues and actively involve the business sector in new ways of working together.

It aligns corporate social investment strategies with community development.

C3West aims to:

• Establish partnerships across arts organisations and regions
• Establish partnerships between the arts and other sectors
• Develop new models of engagement with communities and businesses
• Develop new audiences for contemporary art
• Provide strategic outcomes for non-arts partners

Past C3West Projects:

Heather and Ivan Morison: Sleepers Awake
Michel Tuffery: Transforma
Lara Thoms: Ultimate Vision – Monuments to Us
Garry Trinh: Within Walking Distance
Campement Urbain: The Future of Penrith/ Penrith of the Future
Angelica Mesiti: The Begin-Again
Jeanne van Heeswijk: Talking Trash – personal relationships with waste
Sylvie Blocher: What is Missing?
Ash Keating: Activate 2750
Craig Walsh: Heads Up
Campement Urbain: The Future of Panthers/ Panthers of the Future
Hossein and Angela Valamanesh: Pat's Garden

Other External projects

One of the things that I think drives C3West is trying to encourage new forms of practice and new forms of engagement that actually challenge the ways in which people interact with art.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia *

The arts partners that drive C3West are the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Penrith Performing and Visual Arts (PP&VA), Campbelltown Arts Centre (CAC), Casula Powerhouse(Casula Powerhouse), Blacktown Arts Centre and Information & Cultural Exchange, Parramatta (ICE). Its corporate partners to date have included Panthers World of Entertainment, SITA Environmental Solutions, the Hammond Care Group, Veolia Environmental Services Australia, Hurstville City Council, Penrith City Council and Landcom.

C3West partnerships have resulted in a range of projects by Australian and international artists: Craig Walsh and French artist Sylvie Blocher working with Penrith Panthers; Ash Keating with SITA; Hossein and Angela Valamanesh with the Hammond Care Group; Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk with Veolia; Angelica Mesiti with Hurstville City Council and international art/architecture collective Campement Urbain with Penrith Council, Penrith Panthers and Landcom.

  • Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OAM, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Art of Engagement Symposium, Museum of Contemporary Art, 22 October 2009.
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