Talking water: artists-in-residence – calling for expressions of interest

Applications close 5pm Friday 16 March 2012

Talking water: artists-in-residence is a series of residencies within Canberra’s National Park and Nature Reserve, a public forum, an exhibition, and a catalogue drawing together the arts, heritage and the environment, which promotes and showcases Canberra’s distinct natural and cultural landscape. The program is presented by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in partnership with the Rural District Parks, Conservation and Land and supported by ACTEW Corporation. In 1908 the Yass-Canberra area was selected for the nation’s capital as it best filled the requirements with regard to adequate water supply, climate and landform suitable for the building of a ‘garden city’. Through discussion, engagement and interpretation, Talking water: artists-in-residence will draw attention to sustainability and Canberra’s water catchment areas. An exhibition featuring work inspired by the artist’s time spent living in the National Park or Nature Reserve, and in response to the theme, Talking water, will be held in the Centre’s gallery in March 2013, coinciding with the centenary of Canberra celebrations. Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is calling for expressions of interest from individual craft practitioners and designer makers, to undertake a residency as part of the Talking water: artists-in-residence project. Members, as well as local and national craft practitioners and designer makers are invited to apply. Three residency placements will be offered to Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre members. Group applications are not accepted. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. Four residencies, two in April and two in September, are being offered. Two residencies at each of the huts is available at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in the Namadgi National Park and Nil Desperandum Homestead in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The Centre will provide a stipend of $ 1,000.00 for each artist-in-residence. Artists are responsible for all costs associated with the residency including travel. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the information day on Saturday 10 March, 2012. The information day is an opportunity for applicants to visit the residency sites, and to hear first hand from Park Rangers about the area and the guidelines for staying in the National Park or Nature Reserve. Please register your interest with Amy Kerr, Communication and Event Manager to attend the information day:
02 6262 9333 or amy.kerr@craftact.org.au Key Dates The first two artist-in-residencies
For a period of 2 to 4 weeks, arranged in consultation with the Centre
Between 2 – 29 April 2012

  1. Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage, Namadgi National Park
  2. Nil Desperandum Homestead, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

The second two artist-in-residencies
For a period of 2 to 4 weeks, arranged in consultation with the Centre
Between 3 – 30 September 2012

  1. Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage, Namadgi National Park
  2. Nil Desperandum Homestead, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Information day
Meeting point: Visitor Information Centre, Namadgi National Park, Naas Road via Tharwa ACT
Saturday 10 March 2012 Expressions of interest close 5pm Friday 16 March 2012
Selected artists will be notified on Friday 23 March 2012 Download the Talking water: artists-in-residence guidelines File size: 61 kB Download Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre membership forms File size: 92 kB Download Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre membership benefit information File size: 33 kB For more information contact Amy Kerr, Communication and Event Manager, 02 6262 9333 or amy.kerr@craftact.org.au