Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program
“As an Artist In Residence with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation this year, I have been offered the key elements of all artistic practice which have enabled and strengthened both my practice and my resilience as an artist:
SPACE within which to house and hold my work. SUPPORT to continue to build the courage to continue to make work in these demanding times. CONFIDENCE in my current projects and my place as an artist here in Australia.”
- Leisa Shelton, 2019 artist-in-residence
2019 Studio Residents
Acacia Christensen (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.
Leisa Shelton (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 involved mentoring young female-identifying artists, hosting public education gatherings, and leading community and social art practice courses. Leisa also developed a new participatory work responding to her performance archive which considers new strategies for the live/d archive.
2018 Studio Residents
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