Residency with Waverley Artist Studios, Bondi, Sydney, 2019
In 2019 I was awarded a year-long residency with Waverley Artist Studios. The program is supported by Waverley Council and includes a studio space for twelve months in Bondi.
During the residency I created new work – mainly monochrome paintings. Many of these were presented in a solo show ‘Mostly Monochrome‘ (at Stacks Projects) but also contributions to a number of group shows – ‘08.05.19‘ (at Home), ‘Faux Pas‘ (at Airspace), and a series of group shows organised by Waverley – ‘Inbound’, ‘Winter Magic’ and ‘All Sorts’ (at Bondi Pavilion Gallery.)
My fellow artists-in-residence for the year were Oliver Wagner, Douglas Lance Gibson, Keg de Souza, and Mojgan Habibi. With Oliver Wagner, I created an installation at Bondi Pavilion at the start of the residency. (This work explored the issue of how and where ideas begin.)
As part of my community work during the residency I judged and presented the Waverley Youth Art Prize.
A key part of the residency was working toward a solo show at Stacks Project Space in Kings Cross – entitled ‘Mostly Monochrome‘. This brought together many of the monochrome paintings I was creating in the studio.
Home@735 is an art gallery located in a terrace house in Redfern. ‘08.05.19‘ was a group show with Matt Butterworth, Chris Capper, Josie Cavallaro, Louise Gresswell, Tilly Kubany-Deane and Kyle Murrell.
‘Winter Magic’ was a group show at Bondi Pavilion Gallery. It featured past and present artists from the artist-in-residence program at Waverley Studios.
The final part of the residency was presenting work for a group show ‘Inbound‘ at Bondi Pavilion Gallery.
This exhibition introduced incoming artists into the Waverley program for the new year (2020) as well as artists who had participated in 2019 and years prior. The other artists were Harriet Body, Carolyn Craig, Julia Gutman, Laura Jade, and Cameron Stead.
Where Ideas Begin
The work investigated making public the normally private process of creating new work. In the week-long project, we engaged with the public, discussed, and shared our process of beginning new work.
As part of the residency, I contributed to the local community by judging and presenting the Waverley Youth Art Prize. I was also part of the panel selecting incoming artists-in-residence for the Waverley Studios for 2020.