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Announcing Convent Studio Resident Artists for 2024-2025

Good news at the Convent: the Artists-in-Residence for 2024 – 2025 have been selected!

We are pleased to welcome two formidable new additions zu the Convent creative community. 

Each year, Abbotsford Convent invites applications from artists and creative industries leaders to engage with our unique precinct through two Studio Residencies. These unique opportunities offer creative practitioners time, space and support to undertake site-specific or responsive research, investigation and consideration.  

Abbotsford Convent is thrilled to announce this year’s successful artists :  

Louise Marson (Jul-Dec 2024)
Amelia O’Leary (Jan-Jun 2025).


Maggie Maguire Künstler-In-Residence

Louise Marson is the inaugural recipient of the Maggie Maguire Residency for early career artists. Louise is commencing a research-based, site-specific project that explores the rich, complex and intertwined heritages of people and nature.

Louise practices as both an artist and a curator. Her practice draws on earth-based materials, audio, video, glasswork, assemblage, archiving and human experience for indoor and outdoor exhibition with the intention to merge historical narratives with contemporary artistic practices. While in Residence, Louise also aims to host workshops, guided walks and screening in various contexts. 

Louise has exhibited at Assembly Point, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Studio Dax, Collingwood Yards, Papermill Gallery and Lot 19 Gallery. She is currently studying her Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) at RMIT. She has four publications to her name and is a proud advocate for inclusivity and accessibility within the wider community.  


Abbotsford Convent Artist-In-Residence 

Amelia O’Leary will launch a new and innovative Queer First Nations lead contemporary dance company, Dharriwaa Yulugi (Dance for All in Gamilarraay language) and will develop a new work Ngambaa, I’m Tired (Ngambaa means Mother in Gamilarraay language). A Gamilaroi First Nations Queer artist, Amelia utilises theatre, dance, writing, sound and film to alchemise her diverse ensemble’s response to the increasing pressure to function and produce in a failing society. The company seeks original expressions that refuse the silent lack of care for their existence – a healthy prosperity of storytelling and dance that hopes to shift perspectives and create softness. 

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2021, O’Leary performed her first full-length work ‘Yinarr’ in Adelaide Fringe and Dancehouse in 2022. ‘A Certain Mumble’ was presented as part of Frame.  ‘STAUNCH ASF’ was presented at the Meat Market as part of the Deadly Fringe program. O’Leary choreographed ‘One Day’ and ‘World Problems’ as part of Yirramboi in 2023. In the same year, Amelia was awarded Melbourne Fringe’s Best Emerging Indigenous Artist. 



The Maggie Maguire Residency is made possible by a generous gift from the The Patagorang Foundation, founded by Roger Allen and Maggie Gray in honour of Abbotsford Convent’s first CEO, Maggie Maguire OAM.