2013 Artist in Residence
Selena Smith is a local painter, installation artist, sculptor and art educator. Her residency focused on producing a community artwork using altered books, which were displayed in a shopfront exhibition in Paddington.
“The Woollahra Artist in Residence program has assisted in raising my public profile and broadening my audience within Sydney. It also was instrumental in aiding my development of professional relationships with fellow residency artists and in turn the wider Sydney art community.”
Natasha said, “During my time at the residency, I developed both professional and personal relationships with the fellow Woollahra Artist in Residence participants. My project was very successful in engaging the community and Community members openly told me about their homes, themselves and their families in order for me to get to know their area of Woollahra.”
Madeleine’s art walking tours were very popular and participants have expressed an interest in pursuing art walks and drawing classes beyond the terms of her residency. Her creative project was well received by the 50 plus members of our local community, “I believe this is an area that could be further developed as it allowed for a great deal of networking within this sector of the local community.”
Exhibitions, solo shows and art festivals Madeleine has been involved in throughout 2013 include; Octopus 13: On this day alone curated by Glenn Barkley, three solo exhibitions, at Ryan Renshaw Windowbox in Brisbane as part of a National ARI exchange, First Draft in Sydney and Melbourne’s Mailbox 141 as well as a curated group show at Damien Minton Gallery. ‘The residency has been invaluable in allowing me the time to pursue my most significant project to date. The Artist in Residence program has contributed greatly to my professional development by extending my network of contacts… professional… and in extending my exposure to the art interested public through my art walks.”
When commenting on community engagement in her walking tours, Madeleine said, “this project exceeded my expectations and I was extremely pleased with the feedback I had from participants.”
Our first literary Artist in Resident and multi-generational Paddington resident, Alice McCormick, has studied the artistic landscape of Paddington and interviewed its local residents. The work Alice produced as part of the program has enriched her understanding of who she is and where she comes from, bringing a new note confidence and humility to her writing.
“My relationship to ‘place’ has deepened; I can see the shape of the hills rolling beneath the tarmac now. Working with Woollahra Council has also extended my appreciation the role of local government plays in nurturing, protecting, and encouraging its constituents to excel and prosper culturally.