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.
Applications have now closed for the 2019 Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program.
For more information about the program, click here.
2018 Studio Residents
The Studio Residency Program recipients for 2018 are Minna Gilligan and Luke George.
Minna Gilligan’s residency will take place from Monday 25 June – Friday 21 December 2018.
Working with painting, drawing and collage, Minna’s practice produces a playground of colour. Evoking a nostalgic romanticism, her 60 / 70s inspired psychedelia often depicts lone women, floating in technicolour dreams filtered through a digital realm.
During her residency, Minna will invite the public into her working studio space, where she will produce a large-scale collage-based project, using her studio walls to create a fluid storyboard narrative with a contemporary female protagonist. Creating a space for women, trans and non-binary people to experience respect and representation, the work will grow and develop with contributions from visitors and the Convent community.
Minna has held solo exhibitions at Daine Singer, Melbourne Art Fair, Spring 1883, West Space, TCB Art Inc., Rear View and Dudspace Melbourne, and has participated in group shows locally, nationally and internationally.
Luke George’s residency took place from Friday 22 December 2017 – Friday 22 June 2018.
Experimentation and collaboration are at the centre of Luke’s practice. Daring and at times unorthodox, Luke explores the intimacies between performer and audience through a ‘relational performance practice’. Incorporating choreography and other art forms, Luke undertakes his collaborative actions through residencies and performances.
During his residency at the Convent, Luke will continue to explore notions of intimacy, empathy and communality with two distinct types of performance action; the first exploring and negotiating the Convent’s natural and built environment with large groups of people, and the second employing the act of service to dissect the relationship between artist and public. Keep an eye out for actions taking place throughout the Convent during Luke’s residency, and call-outs to participate or witness.
Luke has presented work nationally at Dance Massive, Dancehouse, Arts House, AsiaTOPA, Festival of Live Art, Next Wave, PICA, Campbelltown Arts Centre and OzAsia, and internationally in France, Norway, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, Singapore and the U.S.A.
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