Artist in Own Residence program

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The Nillumbik Artist in Own Residence program has been developed to commission opportunities for our local creatives to create for, or with, community from their own unique art spaces.

2021-22 commissioned artists and project details

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Medium Artist Project title Project summary
Puppet Workshops for People With Disability Joanne Griggs HEYOKA Theatre Group The Jesters workshop at Montsalvat will facilitate a group of individuals with disabilities through a 6-week process to create and perform unique puppet shows to an audience of friends and parent/carers.
Audio Project Aiv Puglielli Sculpted Voices: A Digital Nillumbik Community Collaboration in Audio A large-scale responsive community collaboration in audio, ‘Sculpted Voices’ by Aiv Puglielli gathers voiced stories from Nillumbik residents direct from their devices to a Nillumbik home studio in isolation via digital channels. Culminating in an online audio streaming release, the work explores virtual interaction, post-pandemic experiences and resilience
Art Exhibition Tori Swedosh Can You See the Beauty In It? A visual art exhibition. "Can You See the Beauty In It?" explores the act of stopping and actually noticing the charm of the things we usually walk past - shadows, reflections, mud, twigs and leaves. The artist has created quiet assemblages to highlight the beauty of these things.
Art Exhibition Chloe Vallance Sit. Walk. Wonder The central focus of this project is the creation of 22 new artworks for an an exhibition of studio-based drawings by artist Chloe Vallance. Sit. Walk. Wonder is a warm observation of people as they engage within everyday activities and moments of contemplation.
Ceramic Workshops Sergei Shatrov - Clayworks Montsalvat Clay Talk for Youth Clay Talk for Youth is art therapy using clay and ceramic workshops for disadvantaged youth in the local community. The project is a collaboration between Clay Talk, Montsalvat and Birribi to deliver meaningful and positive outcomes for young people in need.
Music Composition Hana Zreikat Sounds From Home- Research This project celebrates and highlights our local environment through the composition of a set of miniature music pieces. The composition will combine live instrumentation and recorded sounds from our local shire.
Landscape Art Sessions for Young People and Exhibition Melissa Paine Looking Through A Different Eye (Nillumbik Landscape Art Project Youth) Looking Through A Different Eye is a project combining on-site landscape art sessions for young people, the creation of a collaborative canvas, and an exhibition. The exhibition will showcase the artist's work alongside the work of the art session participants and will be held at Wadambuk St Andrews in May 2022.
Creative writing and a literary reading/performance Kirsten Moore I Have a Lot of Feelings - Memoir A creative writing project by local author and musician Kirsten Moore involving manuscript development and a small public event of readings from her memoir dispersed with songs. 'I have a lot of feelings' (memoir) traces the ever-changing mental health of a young Australian woman from childhood anxiety to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Drawing Workshops Angharad Neal-Williams Drawing from your surroundings Two workshops teaching the art of creating an observational drawing.
Ceramics - community workshops Danni Bryant Clay Play Sessions 2 x three hour Clay Play Sessions using foundational hand building techniques. Participants will make decorative and functional items under the guidance of a professional ceramicist. The focus is on play and experimentation rather than perfecting a technique.
Photographic Art Exhibition Chris Cook Wildlife Community Exhibition A photographic exhibition. Chris Cook is a wildlife image maker who loves connecting people to the natural world through his imagery.
Contemporary Lace Installation Lindy de Wijn Peace Place Lace A 3-month project exploring the relationship of nature and creativity to well-being. Referencing the landscape as a place of refuge and recreation, contemporary lace will weave through the space. The work will evolve from community contribution and conversations.
Weaving - Installation Clare Dwyer Bloom Basket A textile art project involving the creation of a vibrant woven hanging basket to be displayed in an outdoor public space in Nillumbik during winter.

Funding details

Two categories of residency commissions:

  • Up to $1,000 +GST for bite-size projects
  • Up to $3,000 +GST for larger projects
  • Total Pool: $30,000

In addition to the residency funding, costs of up to $1,000 associated with access requirements for participating artists/arts workers or to make work accessible for audiences with disability were considered (for example Auslan, captioning, support workers, special materials and equipment).

Projects are scheduled to be completed by 30 June 2022.