What have our 50 artists in residence been up to?

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Jun 12 2018

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Since 2001 we have hosted 50 artists in residence!  Over the years they have, of course, been involved in many exciting projects, and achieved many significant career milestones.  Here are just a few very recent examples:

Anne Zahalka, artist in residence in 2017, has just had a beautiful on-line story published by SBS.  It is based on a collection of letters, found by Anne in 2016, that were written to her mother Hedy, from her grandmother Margarete Back during the Holocaust.  This poignant story of love and loss is written by Stella Prize winning author Charlotte Wood, it includes photos and research by Anne Zahalka, and hand embroidered page titling by Sydney based artists, Maricor/Maricar.

Join Anne as she sets off on an emotional journey of discovery to find out what happened to her grandmother – a woman she never knew.  It takes about ten minutes to read and much longer to forget:  www.sbs.com.au/margarete

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Christian Thompson was our artist in residence in 2015.  In exciting news he has just been awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) which recognises an individual’s excellence, achievement or meritorious service and contribution to our society.

(Pictured is Christian Thompson’s God and Kings 2015.)

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Joan Ross, artist in residence in 2014, has been awarded the prestigious Mordant Family VR Commission (May 2018). The $80,000 commission is created in partnership with Catriona and Simon Mordant AM, the City of Melbourne and ACMI. Joan’s proposed work is titled; Did you ask the river?  Participants embody an 18th Century colonial woman, in the style of a first-person video game, and are given free reign to explore an interactive 3D extension of Joan’s signature, vibrant yet unsettling, colonial landscapes.

2017 was also a terrific year for Joan’s career.  She won the Sulman Prize of $40,000 for the best genre painting, subject painting or mural project for a separate project with, Oh history you lied to me, and shortly after won the $35,000 Ravenswood women’s art prize, for her video Colonial Grab, which featured in our 2014 exhibition of Joan’s work.

(Pictured is the limited edition print Joan created for the Art Angels.  Titled, You can’t just take everything, hand painted pigment print, 30 x 35cm, edition of 60, 2014.  Available from Turner Galleries.)

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Lisa Roet was our artist in residence way, way back in 2005.  In the intervening years her art and research has been unwaveringly focussed on the complex interface between humans and primates. Asialink Arts, through the initiative Global Project Space, joined forces with Lisa Roet to present a major commission in Beijing, in March – April 2018. The new commission, titled Skywalker, features an inflated male gibbon perched high on the facade of the award winning Opposite House Hotel, producing the focal point of the month-long festival discussing global issues around bio-sustainability and Beijing Earth Hour.  For more information and images visit the Asialink website.

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Julie Gough, artist in residence back in 2007, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art by curator Erica Green.  Her ongoing investigations into Aboriginal history, focussing on Tasmania, and colonisation, was also acknowledged by her inclusion in the National Gallery of Victoria exhibition, Colony: Frontier Wars, running from March to September 2018. Julie Gough’s remarkable artistic practice has been further recognised by the publication of an impressive monograph, titled Fugitive History: The Art of Julie Gough, by UWA Press. (Available from 1 June 2018).

(Image:  Installation view from Julie Gough exhibition, INTERRUPTED: Renditions of unresolved accounts, Turner Galleries, 2007)




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