Come and Play 2017

2017 Artist in Residence

from February 17, 2017 @ 9:00 AM until March 10, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Come and Play - All of May, Celebrating the arts of Gippsland

For information on the 2017 Creative Gippsland Artist in Residence program, please download the attached file 
2017 Artist in Residence information.

2016 Artist Residency – Newhaven, Ulla Taylor

2016 Artist Residency – Newhaven, Ulla Taylor

from February 18, 2017 @ 8:00 AM until March 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

A highlight of the month was Bass Coast’s very own artist in residence, Ulla Taylor, hosted by the Newhaven Residents Group as part of the Creative Gippsland celebration of the arts of Gippsland.

Ulla worked at Grayden’s Reserve in Newhaven and Newhaven Primary School, demonstrating the screeving technique, using the basketball court as her canvas to create a new perspective, with local flora and fauna featuring in the work.

She worked with hat on and pastels in hand creating a rock-pool scene between storms and rain!

Many visitors have commented that her artwork is really incredible and they were lucky to have seen it.

The Newhaven Residents’ Group thanked the artist with a celebratory community barbeque. For the residents of Newhaven, it is hoped that it will inspire the start of a discover Newhaven walk.

Ulla is based in Melbourne and has travelled throughout Australia and the world with her art, from Shark Bay to Toronto, Kobe to Klaipeda, and has over 27 years' experience creating public art at grassroots level.  You can find out more about her at 

Image: Prudence Mungatopi explored Ulla Taylor’s rockpool art at Grayden’s Reserve in Newhaven.

2016 Artist Residency – Trafalgar, Christine McFetridge

2016 Artist Residency – Trafalgar, Christine McFetridge

from February 18, 2017 @ 9:00 AM until March 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

The township of Trafalgar was selected to host the 2016 Creative Gippsland Artist in Residence in the Baw Baw Shire.  The town had just completed a new community ‘ArtSpace’ project utilising a vacant station building and the chosen artist, Christine McFetridge, was able to use this space for her workshops.  Christine provides some reflection on her experience as an artist and the results of her Residency below -

“I feel extremely fortunate for the experience I had undertaking a Creative Gippsland Artist Residency.  Ultimately, the residency allowed me the opportunity to develop my practice in a supported environment.  Having had this positive experience as an emerging artist, outside of an educational institution, I have gained confidence in my ability and strengthened conviction in my ideas and motivations.  For these reasons, I would encourage artists of all disciplines and career levels to apply for this residency, particularly if their work engages with community and/or is interested in community development.”

“I’ve found it extremely rewarding being able to work with others towards an idea and collaborate in order to further a project.  These are concepts I hope to expand on by undertaking a research Masters degree in 2018.”

“I continue to be involved with the Trafalgar community by developing the project I began during the residency period.  I worked with the Trafalgar Community Development Association on a successful application to the Baw Baw Shire Council for further funding to produce a photobook that will honour the women who volunteer in Trafalgar (due for publication in 2017).”


Image: Christine McFetridge (second from right) with Trafalgar residents

2016 Artist Residence –  Omeo/Benambra Region, Wanda Bennett

2016 Artist Residence – Omeo/Benambra Region, Wanda Bennett

from February 18, 2017 @ 9:00 AM until March 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

The East Gippsland Artist in Residence Program ran with textile artist Wanda Bennett in the Omeo/Benambra Region; A week of Weaving in the High Country prevailed.

The Great Alpine Gallery hosted the program with support from some Omeo textile artists and a variety of other community groups.

Wanda worked mainly with natural, recycled and found materials and used both traditional and contemporary textile techniques.  Her inspiration for a lot of the works undertaken over the week came from the very different landscape of the high country region.  

The work varied from traditional and contemporary basketry, installations and textile hangings.  Working with the community played a large role.