The property in Crohamhurst is a small farm – 16 acres – 5km from the little village of Peachester, 15km from the local commercial centre Beerwah, and by car is 20 min from the Maleny art hub and rainforests, 1/2 hour from Caloundra on the Pacific coast, and 1 hour from Brisbane (in good traffic!). And of course there is rail from Beerwah to Brisbane.
The residence building has a full kitchen and bathroom, and while ideal for a single artist to develop and work on projects, has enough space to sleep several adults comfortably for collaborative projects. There is a huge indoor workspace – about 10m x 4m and a large covered outdoor workspace – about 8m x 3m. The building would be a wonderful facility for a range of artistic pursuits – visual art (including 3D in the outside workspace), music, or writing, and collaborative performance, dance, spoken word, or music development.
It is very quiet and peaceful, the residence is in the middle of the farm so the nearest neighbours are the cows (!), and there is the opportunity to have contemplative walks along the Stanley River (the back boundary), or to sit on the porch and enjoy the views of the Glass House Mountains while taking a break from work or trying to resolve artistic problems.
What Red Door Arts provides is the opportunity for intrastate, interstate and international artists to apply for residencies to work on a project. We hope to provide resident artists with a peaceful environment to work in, new experiences (visual, aural, social) for stimulus, and, if required, contact with a wide range of exciting innovative artists. At the same time, we want to promote the opportunity for resident artists to integrate into the local artistic community by engaging in mentoring or collaborative works, or presenting artist talks/workshops/performances etc.
Residences would be for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of three months, with a preferred period of four weeks. All utilities – power, gas, heating/airconditioning, internet etc. are provided. Artists will be responsible for their day-to-day food and living expenses, although it is envisaged that social events introducing the resident artists to local artists will occur. Artists will need to pay for their residence. Although some equipment is available, and a range of generalist artistic materials, in principle artists will need to provide their own artistic materials.
It is anticipated that the artists while working on their own projects will also engage with the local artistic community. We have a lot of arts connections in the Sunshine/Fraser Coast area and in Brisbane and can introduce the resident artists to people or places useful to their project. We can also secure opportunities for collaboration with practicing artists in our region.
With residency bookings at least a year in advance, we can offer co-ordination with local events eg film festival, festival of writing, ?Sculpture On The Edge? (SOTE) etc, for interested artists and building collaborations between local and resident artists, or between the resident artists and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Art Faculty.
For every four week period, or part thereof, that artists are resident they will be asked to present a half-day workshop or give an artist talk/performance/reading, or a presentation to arts students in one of the two local high schools, or have engagement with art students from USC. After a two week residency it is not expected that artists will have completed work, but a talk on work in progress, stimuli from the residence, potential direction etc. would be fascinating to the community. If an artist is providing a mentoring service to a local artist or to a group of local artists this requirement may be waived, although all artists will be encouraged to give workshops/talks/performances.
Artists resident for 3 months (13 weeks) will be offered the opportunity to hang an exhibition (at Vianta Arts – a gallery which Red Door Arts co-ordinates, or at another venue if appropriate &ndash eg SOTE), or stage a performance of new work (dance/music/theatre/reading), or be ready to record/publish their new work and will be offered the opportunity to hold a book/CD launch at an appropriate venue in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Artists resident over the weekends that Arts Connect Incorporated (ACI) holds Open Studio Trails will be able to have their studio open to the public, and that way engage with the general public as well as the artistic community. For more information about Arts Connect go to http://artsconnectinc.com.au
- Weeks: 1
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts