Come and Play Artists in Residence in 2018
In May each year, Creative Gippsland hosts an Artist in Residence program. A town in each Shire across Gippsland partners with an artist. The artist could work on any art form. This is an opportunity for an artist to spend 10-14 days in a small town to create work in response to the environment and the host community.
For the host communities, it is an opportunity to spend time with an artist with new ideas and ways of looking at their world. They will learn skills and acquire a deeper knowledge of an art form or artistic practice.
The residency could be akin to planting a creative seed in the town – the outcomes are different for each artist and community. The intention behind these residencies is to develop new cultural networks, share skills and inspiration while encouraging collaboration between different people and communities.
JO CAMINITI – BAW BAW SHIRE
Drouin’s community group ‘The Friends of Drouin’s Trees’ hosted visual artist Jo Caminiti. The project was hugely successful for both the artist and the community It was a great exercise in team building and working together.
As one of the projects team leaders reflects, “Friends of Drouin’s trees was absolutely blessed to be matched with Jo Caminiti as the artist who not only painted our ten giant trees superbly, but who also had an understanding of why old large trees matter in urban environments. Jo’s environmental background was a huge asset. So many good things came of Jo’s residency! We used the project to engage with the broader community, and used our new Facebook site to spread the word. Jo did great updates and videos of her work in progress. We gained promotion for the environmental assets of Drouin and for artists. Jo was visited by other artists some who joined her to paint. We concluded with a wonderful exhibition which was very well attended promoting the residency and the Friends of Drouin’s Trees group. Jo sold four paintings and three of the other artists also sold paintings either at the exhibition or afterwards.
For Jo herself, the project has certainly led to other exhibitions and work, a plus for the Arts in Gippsland. Jo was a real trooper painting in all weather and certainly gained a number of admirers. She deserves success!
The momentum achieved by the residency has given our group confidence to tackle other environmental issues including meetings with housing developers to ensure more environmentally friendly designs which highlight our trees and use them as a selling point.”
Image: ‘A Child and a Giant’ A beautiful image captured during one of Jo Caminiti’s on site painting days as art inspired understanding of nature. Photo by Judy Farmer.
JAMES VOLLER – South Gippsland
Creative Gippsland’s 2018 Artist in Residence program saw a unique partnership take place with James Voller undertaking a residency in both Loch (South Gippsland) and Lindenow (East Gippsland). James is a photographer and installation artist, whose work explores the social and architectural identity of place.
Originally from New Zealand, the Melbourne-based artist has worked around the world, taking photos of architecture and then placing the images back into unexpected spaces, mostly in the form of digital prints and projections.
Throughout his residency James photo documented the landscapes around both towns, experimenting with new ways to flip and reflect the image. These works were then translated into large scale indoor and outdoor projections.
In Loch these projections filled the extraordinary walls of Loch Hall in a community celebration which included local music, food and a procession down the street to another outdoor projection. This night was so successful that James is now collaborating with a local musician on another small hall art project in the area.
JAMES VOLLER – East Gippsland
The residency was planned to run alongside the Lindenow Community Art Show, as an expansion and value add to the regular program of activities. A range of photography workshops occurred with students at the Lindenow Primary School and they also completed a large wall installation.
The opening night of the art and craft show proved to be quite extraordinary, the weather turned wet and wild, making the plans for the outside photography projection by James to be bought inside the local hall. The weather remained wet all weekend and it negatively affected the public workshops held on the Saturday and Sunday with low attendance numbers.
The outcomes of the artist in residence were varied as some of the projection activities were unable to occur because of the poor weather.
The artist indicated a desire to come back into the area and work with the community and the community are keen to be involved again.
JENNY PETERSON – LATROBE
Artists, gardeners and local residents were invited to ‘come and play’ by making nature prints with Jenny Peterson in the Print room at arc Yinnar.
Jenny Peterson encouraged participants to collect and dry plant specimens prior to the printing workshops. Peterson ran four specialised nature printmaking workshops.
The finished prints on paper were displayed as they were made, hanging in the central walkway at arc. The pop-up installation was completed and ready to launch alongside the related exhibitions Botanica in Gallery arc and SParc on Saturday 19 May 2018.