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Artsbox Residencies 2016

From artist residencies to unique exhibitions, Artsbox has something for you! Check this page for information about current and upcoming activity at Artsbox.

Bronwen Bender

Bronwen Bender - Artsbox residency

Residency: February 1 – March 6
Practise: Illustration

Bronwen Bender is an illustrator, maker and sculptor becoming increasingly involved in community practice and socially motivated work. Depending on the project, Bronwen works with wire, ink, lino, pen, collage or a number of other materials. Her main inspirations are anthropology, the natural world, patterns and working with tactile materials.

During her residency at the Artsbox, Bronwen will create wire sculptures, working in 2D and 3D using a variety of wires on many different scales. The public will be invited to explore wire as a material and engage with its playful nature.

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Heather Horrocks

Artsbox- Heather Horrock

Residency: March 7 - 27
Practise: Mixed media

Heather is a local artist whose practice utilises a range of traditional skills. Her work includes manipulating textiles, experimenting with crochet, working with found objects, developing paste-ups, and drawing with materials like charcoal.

Heather is part of a FAIR collaboration with Tamara Watt & Karenne Rees, who are preparing to mount an exhibition called Women Wept: the aftermath. The exhibition will explore the experience of women in WW1.

As the artist-in-residence at the Artsbox from 7 – 27 March, Heather will populate the space as she works to develop two aspects of the exhibition. Heather will use the space to sew a large, Edwardian-style peace banner, as well as crochet small white poppies as an anti-war statement linked to campaigns generated by the suffragettes.

Women Wept: the aftermath will be held at VU@MetroWest from April 13 to May 13.

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Lost in the Shadows

Artsbox - Lost In The Shadows

Residency: March 29 - April 9
Practise: Visual art and film

Lost In the Shadows is a FREE shadow puppet making workshop for children aged 5-12 years that Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes) and Joyce Watts (TOT: HOT OR NOT) are holding on Wednesday 6 April at Footscray Library while they are artists-in-residents in the Artsbox.

They have been inspired by Footscray's rich history to create simple shadow puppets and backdrops based on the people and places that have now disappeared from modern Footscray. From the tram lines to the factories, to the shops and theatres.
Children are invited to assemble their puppets in the Artsbox and then to play with their puppets in a darkened projector room while they reimagine Footscray's history.

Their play will be filmed and turned into a short clip by Yarraville video production company atomo, a collaboration between multi-award winning director Luis Gaitan and Emmy award nominee producer Samantha Urquijo-Garcia. The mini film and projection will explore and tell the story of the places and the local characters that are now 'lost in the shadows' of our city.
The final clip will screen at a special story time session on Thursday 28 April 4-5pm at Footscray Library.
Bookings open 15 March and numbers are limited.


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Meghan Made

MeganMade - pottery

Residency: April 10 - 30
Practise: Pottery, recycled art, origami, lamp work

Meghan Made utilises a number of mediums in her artistic practice including hand-build and wheel pottery, paper art (origami), glass art (lamp work) and recycled art. During her residency at the Artsbox she will collaborate with a selection of artists to showcase the various processes involved in creating through these mediums with demonstrations and workshops.

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ArtLife - Pamela Debrincat with Space Two, 2015. Photo by Theresa Harrison

Residency: May 1 – 31 2016 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am – 2pm).
Practise: ArtLife is a multi-disciplinary group of artists working in forms ranging from performance to media and visual arts. At ArtBox, artists from Artlife will continue their studio practice in visual arts, photography and media

Head down to Footscray Library in May to find artists from ArtLife painting, sculpting, taking photos and asking questions in a month long residency at Artsbox – a converted shipping container and pop-up art space. You may even get pulled into a green screen animation and feature in your own World Wide Wrestling video.
ArtLife has been running for over 20 years and engages artists with disability in collaborations with professional artist-tutors to make new work, build capacity and change perceptions. We facilitate these opportunities through visual art, performance, music, sound art, digital media, animation, horticulture, hospitality, photography and movement. These arts activities are combined with the development of life skills in areas such as communication, health and general self-development.
Participants are taught by highly skilled artists and have an opportunity to take part in some of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s major projects, working with professional artists and local community groups. Selection into the program is achieved after a successful trial placement. Work experience placements for students are also offered. Participants are able to attend on a part-time or full-time basis.
The ArtLife program is hugely productive and has spawned a suite of creative ensembles including resident band The Hackkets, sonic art ensemble The Amplified Elephants, and performance outfit The Chaotic Order, as well as exhibitions and events.
ArtLife will be working in photography, visual arts and Media while at Artsbox.

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Shirley Ploog

Artwork by Shirley Ploog

Residency: June 1 – July 3
Practise: Painting and drawing

Shirley Ploog is a Visual Artist based in the Western Suburbs. She is passionate about the environment and is influenced by the beauty of nature; she enjoys working in oils as well as charcoal and graphite.

Shirley has participated in a number of successful group exhibitions including the Camberwell Art Show, Albert Park College Art Show, 40 x 40 Brunswick Street Gallery and Hobson’s Bay Art Society “5 x 7” to name a few. Shirley has recently been selected for the Wyndham Art Prize and is a keen participant in local art events including Open Studios in the West and Art in Public Places.

Last year Shirley had her first solo exhibition, she was selected to participate in Red Gallery’s art program in July called RESILIENCE.

2016 will be a busy year for Shirley having been selected for two residencies.
Her first residency is at Artsbox, a Maribyrnong City Council initiative where Shirley will be working on her paintings and drawings on nature inspired subjects.

In November Shirley is off to France where she has been selected to participate in Galerie Huit’s residency program for 3 months in Arles. This residency will enable Shirley to continue to develop her practice and build on her body of work in readiness for her second solo show in 2017. Shirley will use this time to develop her ideas with drawings, photographs and small studies in oils and then work up these studies back home in her studio for her second solo show in 2017.

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Katy Bowman

Artwork by Katy Bowman

Residency: July 4 - 31
Practise: Mixed media and installation

Colour materiality and form are Katy's overriding concerns in a practice that encompasses a range of interests and approaches including site responsive installation, found object assemblage, embroidery and collage.
Her practice is exploratory; she uses recycled, domestic and light industrial materials to investigate a range of formal and conceptual concerns. This includes light, perception and materiality to imaginatively and physically engage the viewer in an experience and awareness of the relationships between objects, time and space.
Currently, she is exploring the poetic possibilities of collage, creating found object assemblage and also uses fragments of found text to make embroideries on second hand textiles.

Since completing a Master of Fine Art at RMIT in 2009 Katy has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in both gallery and non-gallery spaces. In 2015, Katy created Cascade a large scale installation for the Atrium at the Incinerator Gallery, she was an Artist in Residence at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, and created a solo exhibition at Glimpse and showed her work in numerous group exhibitions. Katy has been an artist in residence both locally and internationally.

Building on her current work creating found object sculptural assemblages and cut paper collage, she plans to research and develop a series of brightly coloured ‘future primitive’ domestic totems. These will be assembled from readily available materials sourced from discount shops in Footscray. Katy is also planning a series of collage works using advertising brochures and other ephemera as a means to explore pattern and repetition which will reference the designs on traditional fabrics from Asia and Africa.

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Peppy Press (Lucy Buxton Illustration)

Peppy Press - illustration

Residency: August 1 - September 4
Practise: Printmaking and illustration

Printmaking is a traditional and handmade art form that encourages an immersive surrender to the process of creation. Peppy Press is a little printing press that provides a safe space from the fast-paced nature of society, by helping people to create beautiful things. As a resident of the inner-west, Peppy is all about community and loves to bring people together and inspire imagination.

Lucy Buxton is a printmaker and children’s book illustrator, who is passionate about the benefits of hand-made processes. She intuitively uses printmaking techniques and watercolour to breathe life into whimsical worlds and characters that speak not only to children, but to the inner child in us all. She is interested in how narratives can convey important messages and knowledge, and the act of printmaking in ritualising this. Lucy majored in Printmedia during her Visual Arts degree at Monash University, and has also studied a Post-Graduate Certificate in Arts and Community Engagement at the Victorian College of the Arts. Lucy has illustrated three children’s books, including “Wow, the Wonders of Our World”, by Joy Noble and Fiona Johnston, and the “Amy and Agni” series, by Mina Manning.

Lucy plans to bring Peppy to the Artsbox space and introduce her to the community in the inner west. She hopes to create a series of etchings, while sharing her love of printmaking with the public. Lucy plans to make her time at the Artsbox as interactive as possible, engaging and educating anyone who is interested in learning about how Peppy works. She will always have an open door for anyone to drop in to share conversations around art-making and printmaking. Lucy is planning to run a some workshop sessions, allowing people to experiment with materials such as using etching tools on copper or perspex, and rubber stamp making.

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Stephanie Powell

Stephanie Powell wearable art

Residency: September 5 - 30
Practise: Wearable art, sculpture, installation, found objects

In 2010 Stephanie won the Australian Museum's Fashion Less Waste competition; this was the catalyst for her passion for working with recycled items. She has since won several awards both in wearable art and sculpture. Stephanie always aims to make art that is unique and stands out in crowd. She recently completed a 6 month residency at KImbriki Tip in Sydney and has been a studio artist at Eramboo, during which time she participated in a workshop and exhibition with the Director of Public Art in New York - Kendal Henry.

During Stephanie's residency she aims to create a series of work inspired by the library and great works of fiction. This would include installations that the public can participate in, large and small sculptures and a wearable art pieces. These may be made from books or directly inspired by a great literary work.

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James Milsom

James Milsom

Residency: October 1 - 31
Practice: Songwriting and music

James is a songwriter and musician with a rich history and experience of working in different musical genres in Victoria since the beginning of the two thousands. He writes, releases and performs music under the moniker ‘Jamesy Ohhh’. This project was conceived whilst living in Alice Springs but came to life upon his return to Melbourne’s west. James writes rich, poetic yet bright and rhythmic alternative pop music; his following has been collected over years performing as part of now defunct Melbourne four-piece ‘Ancient Free Gardeners’.

During his residency at the Artsbox, James will write and record a collection of demos, the connecting theme to these songs will be Footscray, Melbourne’s west and the rapidly changing face of the area. James believes that his most recent single, ‘Bunny Holes,’ is the perfect launching pad for this project, with its focus on returning home to the West, featuring imagery of the docks, their coloured containers and the rabbits flitting about the riverside at dusk. James lives and works in the West and loves the diversity and constant change the area offers. James invites the community to visit him at the Artsbox, share their musical ideas, interests and even collaborate if they felt comfortable.

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Old Tech New Decks

Old Tech New Decks - image

Residency: November 1 - December 23
Practise: Composition/Sound art

The multi-award-winning show becomes an album – with your help!

Composers Vanessa Nimmo and Matt Rankin are taking the sounds of old technology and making them into new music, but this time you get to make the sounds. Come on down to the ArtsBox to play typewriters, rotary dial phones, retro video games and more, and your sounds will be mixed, mashed and stretched into exciting new music. We’ll even be set up to record your old tech! So bring down your slide projectors, cassette tapes, tamagotchis and printers - whatever you thought you'd never use again.

Vanessa and Matt, long time friends and collaborators, have been creating new music from the sounds of old technology together as Old Tech New Decks for about a year. Between them they have experience in composition, sound art, orchestration, audio engineering, foley, music teaching, software design, dance, production, cabaret and music performance. After successful runs of the Old Tech New Decks live show at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe and 2016 Adelaide Fringe they are ready to bring their quirky, playful, nostalgic new music to Footscray.

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