Artists in Residence in 2017

Come and Play Artists in Residence in 2017

Artists were chosen from an outstanding field of exciting and talented artists from around Gippsland and Australia. Meet some of the 2017 Artists in residences here.

Kate Disher-Quill

Mirboo North Selects, by Artist in Residence Kate Disher-QUillThe Mirboo North community was delighted to host Kate Disher-Quill between 19 and 26 May 2017.

Kate has been working for many years in portrait photography and personal story telling, and brought those elements together during this Residency. The Residency included workshops with local people who are happy to contribute their stories and who are interested to develop their photographic skills.

During the Residency Kate undertook work in her own right and the Residency culminated with a public exhibition of works generated by local participants and Kate.

Kate has extensive experience working in collaboration with diverse communities to develop ways of telling local stories and encouraging local interaction and engagement.

This Residency was hosted by the Mirboo North community Mirboo Country Development, and funded by the South Gippsland Shire Council.

Anne Riggs

Artist in Residence Anne RiggsA visual artist, Anne was hosted by the Walhalla Board of Management in Walhalla, Baw Baw Shire. Anne encouraged the community to explore their creativity through the theme Lost and Found. Watch a video created by Anne during her residency.

20 May town walk: 1-2 hours:
Explore the history, the natural environment and views of Walhalla with long time local resident Frederick Wellspring and artist Anne Riggs.

21 May Art walk 1-2 hours:
Join in a slow amble with Anne and local Frederick Wellspring with pauses to sketch and take photos. Bring your sketchpad and art materials, your camera and artists eye.

28 May Walhalla mechanics institute hall and various sites around town
11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Artists and those interested in art and photography are invited to join the pop up studio day to work on their own project or our LOST and FOUND theme.

Jakeb Anhvu

Creative Gippsland Artist in Residence - JakebAnhvuJakeb Anhvu was selected to be the artist in residence at Rhyll, Phillip Island and hosted by the Rhyll Community Association, and was in residence from Wednesday 3 May until Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Jakeb is an Australian documentary filmmaker and is a graduate of Melbourne University (VCA) with a Masters in Documentary. Blush of Fruit (2012), his debut feature, premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition. It was the winner for Best Documentary at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival and for New Australian Talent at the 2014 AIDC Asia Pacific New Documentary Program. He is the 2016 recipient of the Asia Pacific Screen Lab.

The Rhyll Community Association aimed to gain training in the medium, encourage youth to be involved and promote their area and welcomed Jakeb and team to the area.

On Saturday 6 May the community were invited to meet the artist and watch previous documentaries at the local hall.

James Cattell and Tina Strafford

Creative Gippsland Artist in Residence - James CattellJames Cattell Sculpture/Recycled Material and Tina Strafford Sculpture/ Recycled Materials worked in the town of Boisdale in the Wellington Shire from Wednesday 10th May until Tuesday 16th May. They used a collaborative approach to Art making by the community with the community, Artists learning about Boisdale, Boisdale learning from the Artists; Incubating and evolving ideas in heads to an interactive intricate inclusive Sculpture for the town of Boisdale to call their own.

  • Wednesday 10th May – tour of area collection of materials – 2hr workshop 1 with Primary school
  • Thursday 11th – workshop 2 with Primary school – meet the community
  • Friday 12th – workshop 3 in the community – Artists available for conversations
  • Saturday 13th – workshop 4 in the community – on the site chosen for sculpture to be housed
  • Sunday 14th Mother’s day – celebration/erection day
  • Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th – completion by Artists and ‘naming day competition’

James is pictured with his sculpture ‘The Tea Totalling Farmer’, photo by Tim Dakin.

Rodney Scherer

Rodney Scherer (Latrobe) Artist in ResidenceA mixed media (Drawing, Painting and Sculpture) was resident Artist at the Traralgon Courthouse. The theme was to get people visiting, participating, learning and buying. Master classes, Workshops, Artist talks and Demonstrating Artists were at the forefront.

‘Quotidian Robusta’ (Everyday coffee) Traralgon has a great selection of Coffee shops. Rodney started the day with a morning coffee and completed an oil stick drawing of the mornings coffee cup. The artwork stayed in the coffee shop for the duration of the residency. The rest of the day was spent at the courthouse working on creating 2D art works (Drawing, Collage and Painting) and objects (Sculpture) made from everyday materials (Art Povera).

  • Open studio (12:00 – 13:00) daily for community interaction
  • Exhibition at Courthouse upon completion
  • Closing Celebration
  • Drawing Workshop, Form and Space

Elliot Hughes

Creative Gippsland Artist in Residence - Elliot Hughes“I’m a trumpeter and composer working in new music across the jazz and classical spectrum. While I’ve had music performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and at jazz festivals in America, I’m equally interested in finding new ways to present music beyond a conventional concert setting. I strive to write music that is relevant to our people, time, and place; to find something that will speak to our experiences and curiosities.”

Elliott was resident artist in the East Gippsland Shire from 15 to 21 May, 2017

Elliott worked with specific groups within the community, composing and performing site specific pieces of music. The sites were of special/social significance where people gather, natural or historical, the sounds associated with the place or to re-energise and open up an under used space. Local musicians and community members were invited to come along and make “music “with Elliott. Workshops with schools and community music groups were recorded and accessible online.


Want to know more?
See the Artist in Residence application information to find out how you can apply to be and Artist in Residence in Come and Play – All of May.