International Residency Prize
GROUP EXHIBITION: 8-30 September 2017
The Gallery at The Rodd, Presteigne
The three artists shorlisted for the International Residency Prize are Kate Bright, Joanna Brinton and Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva. During the course of the exhibition, the judges will select one artist who will be offered a month-long, fully-funded residency at the Bundanon Trust, New South Wales, in October 2018.
Kate Bright is interested in exploring and depicting our connection with the natural world. She uses unorthodox materials such as glitter, glass, polystyrene and resin to create interactive paintings which utilise the method of collage and seek to extend the genre of landscape painting. As an artist who has lived and worked in London since leaving college, she is eager to escape this ‘captive environment’ where she is ‘studio-bound’ and use the residency opportunity to immerse herself in the unfamiliar Australian landscape, allowing it to alter her perception and therefore depiction of the natural world.
Joanna Brinton pursues a research-based, socially engaged practice which takes the form of sculpture, print and collaborative pieces that examine the world in which we work and play. Her work begins with a period of immersion and develops through conversation and exploration, seeking to open up possibility in a people or a place. She would use the residency opportunity to explore the working relationship between social history and landscape at the Bundanon Trust, developing temporary architectural interventions to reframe the landscape of the site.
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva is a site-specific installation artist who works across a variety of media. Central to her practice is a response to the particularities of place: its history, locale, environment and communities. Inspired by Arthur Boyd’s approach to painting, she wishes to use the residency opportunity to follow in his footsteps, tracing his journey from England to Australia where she will challenge her sculptural practice to engage with the ‘overpowering landscape’.
Panel of judges
Professor Rod Bugg is a practising artist, represented by Galerie de Witte Voet and Emeritus Professor of the University of Arts, London. Until December 2006 he was Principal and CEO of Wimbledon School of Art London. Rod is a Trustee of the Sidney Nolan Trust.
Deborah Ely has been the Chief Executive Officer at Bundanon Trust since 2006. Prior to this Deborah was the Visual Arts and Craft Manager at Arts New South Wales. Previous positions include Director of the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney; founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne; Co-ordinator of the first Experimenta festival of new media in Australia and Visual Arts Director of Watershed Media Centre in the UK. She was trained in Britain as a painter and art historian and is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong.
Clare Woods is a renowned painter who lives and works in the Welsh borders. Her work is held in many major international collections including the Arts Council England Collection, the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, USA. Her new exhibition, Victim of Geography, opens at Dundee Contemporary Art on 24th June 2017. Recent exhibitions include Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales, National Museum of Wales, Buchmann Gallerie in Berlin, and a permanent public commission for the London 2012 Olympic Park.
About the Sidney Nolan Trust
The Sidney Nolan Trust was established at The Rodd near Presteigne in 1985, fulfilling Sidney Nolan’s long-held plans to create a place in a rural setting for his own paintings and for music; plans that had been inspired by his visits to his friend Benjamin Britten’s foundation at The Maltings in Suffolk. Sidney purchased Rodd Farm, the land surrounding The Rodd, in order to preserve the setting for his Trust and to enable the Trust to care for a precious piece of land for which he had developed a passion and great respect.
About The Bundanon Trust
Back in 1993, Arthur Boyd, one of Australia’s leading landscape painters, dedicated his studio and properties at Bundanon on the Shoalhaven River to the arts. The Bundanon Trust offers an inspirational setting for creative thinkers, professional artists and groups, from all disciplines of the arts, to create, rejuvenate, explore ideas, embrace change, and exemplify excellence in contemporary arts practice. We host them in purpose-built studios on our Shoalhaven River properties on the south coast of New South Wales. Read more...
Sydney Airport is the closest international airport to Bundanon Trust. It is then a three hour drive or train trip.