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Artist in Residence

Applications for the Georges River Artist in Residence Program 2021-2022 are now closed.

The Georges River Artist in Residence program offers artists a unique location to explore, interpret and experiment with their artistic practice, while enhancing the cultural profile of the Georges River area. The program is designed to allow artists the space and time to explore new ideas, and to create new works. Artists will also have the opportunity to engage with the Georges River community through workshops and exhibitions.

The Carss Park Artist's Cottage, in the former Ranger's house, provides a studio and accommodation for one artist and is located in a picturesque bush park setting on the Georges River. Residencies of up to three months are available to local, regional and international artists across a wide range of art forms. This is a self-funded residency creating opportunities for artists' professional development, and to contribute to Georges River Council's collection and cultural programs.

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Current artist in residence


Venessa Possum
29 September – 20 December 2020

Venessa is a Dharug, Dharawal Muringal-Baragal woman with Irish descent, born in Sydney. As an artist and archivist, her site-specific research leads to a diverse oeuvre of gestural painting, drawing, collage, frottage, documentary photography, video art and installations as artefacts. She is also involved in repatriations of Aboriginal material culture, Dharug language as philosophical knowledges and in testing ways to exhibit her creative research in context.

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

Future artists in residence


Lauren McCartney (NSW)
9 - 28 February
Lauren McCartney is a multidisciplinary feminist artist who lives and works on Dharawal Country/Wollongong, New South Wales. Her work parodies objectification and conventions of appropriate female behaviour. McCartney’s practice offers the concept that through failing with her materials and her body, she succeeds in creating her work.
McCartney holds a PhD (2018) through Curtin University and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (2010) (Honours Class I) from the University of Wollongong. Her work has been collected by the Art Gallery of Western Australia and she has exhibited her work and participated in presentations on her practice both nationally and internationally.
Image: Fantasy (II), 2020, digital video, 10:07. 

Keila Terenico (NSW)
2 – 28 March
Keila Terencio is a Sydney based artist, born and raised in Brazil. She is curious about ways of storytelling; in her practice she explores physical theatre, aerial dance, puppetry and movement, with a particular interest in subjects related to culture, languages and identity that unite people and societies. Keila holds a Performing Arts degree with UFPR (Brazil) and has been constantly training and researching new approaches of artistic expression. During her residency, Keila plans to create a collaborative work with artist/photographer, Emilio Cresciani. 

Her works have been programmed at SSI’s New Beginnings Festival 2018 and 2019, Scratch Art Space as part of Inner West EDGE, 107 Project’s Creative Program, Canberra’s Beyond Festival and Creative Conversations at Annandale Art Centre. 


Louisa Chircop
30 March – 26 April

Born in Sydney, Chircop holds an Associate Diploma in Fine Arts from St George TAFE and was awarded the NSW State Commission medal for fine arts. She has won the Basil Muriel and Hooper Scholarship AGNSW. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Class I and a Master of Fine Arts Research degree in painting both from the College of Fine Arts UNSW assisted by an Australian Post Graduate Award Scholarship.

Sandra Winkworth (NSW)
28 April – 20 June
Sandra is a Sydney based visual artist who finds inspiration from everyday found materials which she then combines with watercolours and traditional printmaking to form temporary DIY installations, collages, assemblages and book art.
Image: Sandra Winkworth, ‘At home’.