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Artist in Residence

The Georges River Artist in Residence program allows artists time and space to explore new ideas and create new works, to experiment with their artform and to interact with the local community through workshops and exhibitions. The program aims to give opportunities to artists to develop their work while also contributing to Georges River Council’s cultural programs.
The Carss Park Artist’s Cottage is located in a beautiful park setting on the Georges River and provides a studio and accommodation for one artist, who can stay for up to three months. The program is suitable for a wide range of artforms and artists can be local, regional or from overseas. This is a self-funded residency program, meaning artists are not paid for the program, but accommodation is free of charge.


Congratulations to the successful artists selected for the Georges River Artist in Residence Program 2021 - 2022

Please note that the Artist in Residence program is temporarily on hold due to the current Covid-19 lockdown in NSW.

Lissa-Jane de Sailles (NSW)
Lissa-Jane de Sailles is a basket maker and fibre sculptor based in Nowra, NSW. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and English Literature at the University of Wollongong and discovered a passion for traditional and contemporary basketry. Lissa-Jane now divides her time by teaching, making and furthering her skills with a number of internationally renowned master basket makers.
Image: South Coast Registry

Liz Walker

Walker’s work investigates contemporary social and environmental concerns by collecting, repurposing and extending the material possibilities of natural ephemera, found detritus and recycled domestic.

Liz uses an extensive range of resources gathered from around the inner city and rural sites to construct sculpture, assemblage, installations and ephemeral site specific responses to people, time and place. 

In recent years community engagement through creative workshops and collaborative project delivery has become increasingly important to her practice and development as an artist.

Carolina Furque (WA)
Carolina Furque is a professional photographer who began her career in photography in 1997. She has exhibited in Argentina, Chile, France, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia and the Netherlands. Carolina relocated from Argentina to Broome, Western Australia in 2018; during her residency she aims strengthen her relationship to not only the country but also its landscape and the local art community of Carss Park.

Image: St Petersburg Art Residency

Katika Schultz (NSW)
Katika Schultz is a multidisciplinary Sydney born artist. Katika’s interests lie in psychology, mythology and the natural environment. Her passion for community has evolved to help other emerging artists through her Artist run space YawwaY in Narrabeen, Sydney. With careful curation she unlocks arts ability to bring people together & engage in contemporary discussions. Katika’s compassion for humankind can be seen in her figurative and portraiture works, she hopes to create interrelation, joy and encouragement from her art.

Emma Varga (NSW)
It was while studying at the Applied Arts University in Belgrade that Emma Varga first fell in love. This passion was for glass, a medium that Varga would form a complex and enduring relationship with.
While a freelance artist, Varga broadened her skills as a worker in a glass factory in former Yugoslavia creating decorative glass. By the time she moved to Australia in 1995, she had become a highly skilled and experienced glass artist. Today, Varga’s work is represented across both Australia and the world, having extensively exhibited in over 80 major international exhibitions and over 30 solo exhibitions.
Image: Bender Gallery