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In the park: Georges River Artist in Residence 2020

23/09/2020

Hurstville Museum & Gallery invites the public to the exhibition In the Park: Georges River Artist in Residence 2020, which brings together four artists who were part of the Georges River Artist in Residence (AIR) program over the past 12 months.

Helen Amanatiadis, Emma Davidson, Sofie Dieu and Tess Mehonoshen all spent time at the Carss Park Artist’s Cottage as Georges River Artists in Residence. 

Showcasing the diversity of these four artists, the exhibition includes a range of media, such as photographs, works on paper, printing, weaving and felt-based works.

Emma Davidson reflected on her time spent at the residency.

“The Carss Park AIR gave me two things artists need more than almost anything else: time and space,” explains Emma.

“Being able to work to my own rhythm, surrounded by my work, made every day of the residency an exciting experiment in living as well as artmaking. I was able to explore new media and techniques and came up with countless ideas for new projects.

“My residency was productive but also deeply relaxing – I felt in the flow and able to explore the possibilities of my practice without deadlines, interruptions or pressure. It was an incredible experience I’m incredibly grateful for.”

The Artist in Residence program aims to foster connections and interactions between people, introducing artists, experiences and opportunities to the Georges River community.

Each artist, as a condition of undertaking the residency, is asked to provide a contribution to cultural life in the Georges River area. This could be facilitating a workshop, donating an artwork, working with a community group or holding an exhibition.

Tess Mehonoshen has generously donated two photographs of the installation shecreated within the Carss Park Lifesaving Hall. These two works will be on display during the exhibition.

Like Emma, Tess considers the impact of this residency on her artistic practice.

“The residency provided critical time to work on my practice both practically and theoretically. It allowed installation opportunities in spaces that I would not have been able to access,” explains Tess.

“The residency has played a major role in continuing my current body of work, and has been vital in pushing the work into new, more expansive territory. The peaceful time to reflect, write and create in such unique natural settings cannot be understated, and has been critical in developing new works post-residency,” she adds. 

Georges River Council selected 15 artists to participate in the Artist in Residence program from 2018 to 2020. This residency program provides a studio and accommodation in a picturesque bush setting on the Georges River.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery is looking forward to announcing the selected artists for 2021-22 over the coming months.

This exhibition runs from 3 – 25 October 2020.

Above banner image credit: Tess Mehonoshen, Carss Park Lifesavers Hall - afternoon light, installation using locally sourced sand, 2020

Main webpage image credit: Emma Davidson, Carss Park studio residency, 2019
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