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Happy 2018!

Given my last Commission was at Saltwater Community Centre, and research at Cheetham Wetlands crucial to its artistic outcome, I am excited to have set up a studio in the 'Barracks' close to the local birdlife at Coolart Wetlands & Homestead, Mornington Peninsula.

You will be able to find me at the "Artist In Residence' Studio space next to the Homestead. 87-hectares of Crown Land Reserve preserved for education and conservation purposes and managed by Parks Victoria.

During the six-month Residency, sponsored by Parks Victoria, I am planning to produce and present a new body of site-related works which explore and encapsulate the meaning and significance of Coolart, Somers and the local community. A component of my practice involves community involvement.

Community Involvement

Since Mid December I have been meeting locals and visitors - informal studio visits to discuss the idea of ‘Sense of Place’. The focus of my intention is to engage with the Community, and I am inviting people to visit the studio space and bring with them important objects and collected items relating to Somers, (anything that has significance or has importance) your own unique reason - photographs, maps, found objects, objects gifted or made in Somers. Your stories too, are also important.

Do memories & experiences create a sense of place? Is it the landscape or geographical features? Or is it about relationships formed or bonds between place and identity?

I also intend to run a series of workshops in 2018 related to ‘How to start a Visual Diary. ‘Captivation and Inspiration’. It will be centered around the unique qualities of a contemporary visual diary. Conversations and examples both of artist’s diaries through time and contemporary visual diaries will be presented.

An exhibition of work made during the residency is planned in April/May 2018. I will be posting updates regularly on instagram.

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On July 14th, 2016, 'Not So Silent Witnesses (Wetlands)' was launched at Saltwater Community Centre, a stone throw away form the world renowned Cheetham Wetlands. Commissioned by Wyndham City, I created a ceiling for the entrance of Saltwater Community Centre.

Artistic and sustainable' best describes Wyndham City’s newest community facility. It was nominated for four awards at the recent Victorian Architecture Awards and won two categories, the Sustainable Architecture and the prestigious Melbourne Prize.

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