I have wanted to set up an artist residency for some time. The more I looked into funding and grants, the more complicated it all became and my dream seemed to be getting further away from me. I decided that the only way that my residency would happen was to just begin it. With a lot of discussion and support from my friend and artist Tony Ameneiro my residency program began in October 2014. Tony was a very obliging guinea pig for me and stayed for 10 days during which time he explored Murringo and surrounds as well as enjoying the opportunity to sketch in our shearing shed during shearing along with conducting two workshops, one for children and one for adults.
The aim of the Artist Residency is to nurture the relationship of a resident artist with the local Murringo community as well as the broader Young community through artist workshops and talks. Through this initiative the artist will hold workshops in their particular field to provide the community with the knowledge and a deeper understanding of their art practice as well giving people the skills to grow their own artistic practice.
Artists can enjoy the experience of living in a unique rural setting on a working farm.
Opportunities to visit an artist studio, participate in workshops directly with the resident artist and to exhibit works created from these workshops in a professional gallery setting is the main aim behind the residency.
Workshops at the gallery will provide a meeting ground for individuals to participate and contribute creatively to our regional community.
The residencies will be ongoing and it is anticipated there will be at least two each year.