The Carss Park Artist in Residence Program was established as a pilot project in September 2014 to develop cultural activity and promote the cultural profile of the Georges River Council Local Government Area as part of Council’s wider cultural development strategy. The program aims to bring a range of artists working across different art forms to the area and introduce new opportunities and experiences to the community through Council’s arts and cultural programs.
The Artist in Residence Program will continue as an ongoing Georges River Council cultural program and promotional material and guidelines are currently in development.
Council’s first Artist in Residence at the Carss Bush Park Artist’s Cottage, Takis Kozokos - a sculptor of extraordinary skill and expertise, has completed his residency and returned to his role at the University of Thrace in Greece.
During his residency, Takis completed three major artworks for Kogarah City Council: the magnificent marble sculpture The Book of St George, The Powerful Owl, sculpted in Sydney sandstone for Carss Bush Park’s new children’s playground and the large scale bronze Commemorative Statue commemorating the role of nurses in Australian theatres of war which will be installed in Kogarah Town Square in late 2016. Takis has held two exhibitions at Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre: The Book of St George in March 2015 and Two Worlds in July 2016, in collaboration with local artist Tracey Levett.
Takis has also collaborated with local arts and cultural groups through exhibitions, lectures, workshops and in person to share his love and skill of sculpture, art history and education.
The Artist in Residence program operates out of the Carss Park Artist’s Cottage, the refurbished Ranger’s Cottage overlooking Carss Park, which contains an artist studio and accommodation. The setting is beautiful and inspirational as well as iconic of the St George area.
Applications for the next round of residencies will open in late 2016.