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Program fosters Indigenous artistic exchange

RMIT University has welcomed Canadian visual artist Jason Baerg on campus as part of the School of Art’s 2012 international Artist in Residence (iAIR) program.

Works created by Mr Baerg in Melbourne as part of the exchange are on show in the exhibition Nomadic Bounce, at RMIT’s Project Space gallery until 12 July.

Through the iAIR program, RMIT and the University of Lethbridge support an annual Indigenous exchange residency between Australia and Canada.

RMIT School of Art Galleries Curator and Coordinator Stephen Gallagher said the University of Lethbridge project was specifically developed to connect and illuminate Indigenous culture and enable artistic explorations of indigeneity.

“The iAIR program aims to connect people through art, and it is a pleasure to present the work of Jason Baerg for the first time in Australia,” Mr Gallagher said.

“The program creates opportunities for creative experimentation, cross-cultural dialogue and international mobility.”

The iAIR program sends Australian artists and curators overseas – and receives professional artists from around the world to work with RMIT staff and students – through four reciprocal residency exchange agreements with partners in Canada, Japan, China and Austria.

RMIT alumnus Vicki Couzens will travel to Canada in late 2012 for the Canadian component of the exchange, which will be held between the Gushul Studios in Blairmore and the University of Lethbridge.

The project is supported by the University of Lethbridge Gushul Studios and The Canada Council for the Arts.

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