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International artists head to Carss Bush Park

19/10/2020

Georges River Council has selected 12 new artists to participate in its Artist in Residence Program for 2021-2022. Artists will have the opportunity to develop their artistic skills during their residency at the Carss Park Artist’s Cottage for a period of up to three months.

Council received applications from artists across Australia, and internationally with the successful artists representing a diverse range of artistic fields, including performance, watercolour, video, painting, installation photography, textiles, glass and fibre art.

Hilde A Danielsen (Vestland, Norway), Carolina Furque (WA), Tara Gilbee (VIC)  Kathy Mackey (QLD), Lauren McCartney (NSW), Sarah McEwan (NSW), Lissa-Jane de Sailles (NSW), Katika Schultz (NSW), Keila Terenico (NSW), Emma Varga (NSW), Barbara Wheeler, (Wellington, New Zealand) and Sandra Winkworth (NSW) were selected to take part in the Artist in Residence Program for 2021-2022. Two artists from the 2018-2020 program, Louisa Chircop and Liz Walker, whose residencies were affected by COVID-19, will also be part of the program over the next two years.

The artists will stay at the Carss Park Artist's Cottage, in the former Ranger's lodgings located in the picturesque bush park setting in Carss Bush Park on the Georges River. The stay gives artists the chance to focus on their artistic passions in a dedicated studio.

During their residency, artists will have the opportunity to work with Council to develop cultural programs for the benefit of the Georges River Council community and engage with local residents.

Former Carss Park Artist in Residence, Emma Davidson, reflected on her time spent at the residency.

“The Carss Park Artist in Residence program 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.”

Like Emma, fellow artist in residence, Tess Mehonoshen is thankful for her time at Carss Park.

“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.

The first residency for 2021 will commence in February when Lauren McCartney resides at Carss Park Artist’s Cottage. Lauren is a multidisciplinary artist, working in performance, video and photography.

For more information on the Georges River Artist in Residence program, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/AIR or information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.

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