Studio Start-up Residencies
Each year, the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) supports two emerging visual artists through its Studio Start-up program – assisting with the transition from study to becoming a professional artist. The program offers a rent-free studio space, culminating in an exhibition of the artists’ work at the Convent’s St Heliers Street Gallery.
Applicants are chosen by a selection panel based on the following criteria:
- The commitment and capacity of the applicant to use the free studio opportunity to progress their artistic practice;
- The applicant’s capability to make good use of the studio space;
- The applicant’s potential and creative ability
- The likely contribution of the applicant to the creative dynamic and the Convent community.
The ACF is pleased to announce the Studio Start-up Residents for 2017: Lauren Dunn and Samanatha Sommariva.
Lauren Dunn uses photography to examine our relationship with the image, found and made. Photographing a range of materials, Lauren reflects onto her audience certain trends around commercial exchange, desire and popular culture. Lauren’s residency is underway and will run until 22 June 2017.
Samantha Sommariva’s work investigates identity through collaborative mixed media works, which combine film, performance, and installation, in a medium she’s termed ‘live spatial cinema’. Through public forums and workshops, Samantha’s practice provokes an immediate reaction with her audience. Samantha’s residency will begin in late June.
Lauren and Samantha’s work will be exhibited at the St Heliers Street Gallery in early 2018.
As of August 2017, the Abbotsford Convent Foundation's artistic support program has evolved into our newly announced Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program. For details on the program and how to apply, click here.
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