Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program
About the Residency
The Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program, which launched in 2017, focuses on supporting artists to develop works that are site-specific or site-responsive. Works created through the studio residency will be presented throughout our site as a vibrant and temporary means of fostering delight and dialogue, as well as fostering engagement between our site, urban landscape, artistic community and audiences.
The Studio Residency Program offers a unique opportunity for artists to have time, space and support to undertake site-specific or responsive research, investigation and consideration. Residency artists will invest in their own practice, and at the same time build their professional network and share their work with diverse audiences. They will receive a six month residency at the Convent, and a $2,500 honorarium to create site-responsive works that promise to ignite curiosity.
The Convent – with its many buildings, many people and textured history – is fascinating and layered. However the continual change experienced across the history of our site combined with the spaces within and in between our built environment, is delightfully porous and ripe for artistic investigation.
2019 Studio Residents
The Studio Residency Program recipients for 2019 are Leisa Shelton and Acacia Christensen.
Leisa Shelton’s residency will take place from January – June 2019.
Leisa Shelton is a performance artist and curator with a practice that foregrounds collaboration and an advocacy for trans-disciplinary work.
Her current practice is focused on cultural curatorship – initiating new frames for the presentation and development of culturally relevant projects which value diversity, curiosity and engagement with our multi-cultured society.
Current projects include MAPPING Australian Experimental Performance and SCRIBE - live writing toward the democratic document of performance festivals and events. See Fragment31.com for more info.
Leisa’s residency with Abbotsford Convent will involve mentoring young female-identifying artists, hosting public education gatherings, and leading community and social art practice courses. Leisa will also develop a new participatory work responding to her performance archive which considers new strategies for the live/d archive.
Acacia Christensen’s residency will take place from July – October 2019.
Acacia Christensen is a queer, fat, femme, Indigenous (Haudenosaunee/Kanien'keha:ka) two-spirit person hailing from Turtle Island, based between Tkaronto and Narrm in Australia. Her work covers a broad spectrum of topics, focused mainly in the realms of drag performance art and curation. Acacia is constantly looking for new ways to touch on the complex intersectionality of being a multi-faceted feminist.
Acacia’s residency with Abbotsford Convent will involve the creation of a queer, feminist ‘wrestling’ art show / performance piece. The work will apply queer identities, sexuality, conversations about race and different abilities and body types.
2018 Studio Residents
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