Artist Studio Programs

Council is committed to supporting artists to develop their professional practice by providing two low-cost studio programs and one artist in residency program.

Artists who participate in the programs are required to share their creativity with the community through the delivery of an active and engaging Public Program of open days, exhibitions, workshops and artist talks.


1.  Primrose Park Artist Studios
The studios are located at Primrose Park Arts Centre in Cremorne. There are six fully equipped low-cost shared studio spaces provided on a twelve-month basis. 

Applications have now closed for the next tenancy commencing 6 October 2020.


2.  Alfred Street Artist Studios

The studios are located in the former Bradfield Park Community Centre in Milsons Point. There are four low-cost shared studio spaces offered on a temporary basis. 


Applications have closed for the 2020 Alfred Street Artist Studio program.

3.  The Coal Loader Artist Studio

The Artist in Residence program at the Coal Loader is available free-of-charge to one artist on a ten-month basis. Artists using sustainable concepts or materials are prioritized. The 2020 Artist in Residence has been selected. See details below.


More information - Team Leader Arts & Culture on 9936 8100 or email


 1. Primrose Park Artist Studios


2019-20 Studio Artists


Simon Brown has a Dip Fine Arts from Meadowbank TAFE. Having relished art an early age, and throughout school, he is a self-taught painter experimenting in many forms and mediums. At TAFE he majored in Painting, with a focus on photorealism. Simon is concerned with the breakdown of luminous layers that photography often fails to capture and reveal, to challenge the notion that depth is lost in the transferral of photographic forms into a painted piece. Simon advises “continued exploration, discovery and learning is what drives me towards a future rich with artistic possibilities...”.


Simon Brown



Primrose Park Artist Studio Upper level

Primrose Park Artist Studio Upper level 3


 Primrose Park Studio Doors
Primrose Park Studio Courtyard with sign

Bernadette Facer (81KB) is a visual artist working in printmaking, classical photography and installation. Whilst studying at the Otago School of Fine Art in New Zealand, these mediums were developed by mentors such as, Diane Halstead and Marilyn Webb. Although now residing in Australia, her work often has a contextual connection to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Bernadette's art is often influenced by the sombre and contemplative black protest paintings of Ralph Hotere. The works will often depict braided rivers as shadow water or ata wai. Black on black printing methods are used to serve as a dual representation for memory and of the depletion of resource, in the agricultural district from which she hails, Waitara (Canterbury).

Bernadette’s works can be viewed as unfinished fragments of memory which sit within an archetypal landscape through print and assemblage. “Current installations, incorporate delicate charcoal lines, abstract hybrid landscapes, mono-print and embroidery. Stitching the memory, or lifeline to the past. Threads snap and break. Fractured memories part of a once pristine landscape”.

Bernadette Facer


Terhi Hakola (534KB) is a Finland-born artist based in Sydney. She holds a MA from UNSW; and a degree in medicine from the University of Kuopio, Finland. She has practiced as a GP for 20 years in Finland and Australia. As a medical practitioner she has witnessed life at the ordinary and at the extremes. The human experience that captivated her as a doctor - the desire to unfold what defines and gives meaning to our day-to-day existence - also fuels and motivates her art. Recurring themes in her work consider the sense of identity, impermanence and mortality.

Using primal symbols, traditional story-telling and Scandinavian mythology, Hakola works with installation, video, animation and painting. She plays with the tensions between the mundane and the extraordinary, the known and the ineffable, the familiar and the terrifying. For her the creative process - going through the unknown and doubt - is an important rite of passage, which mirrors our journey through life with its potential for transformation. Her central quest is to develop work which reflects the shared human experience and offers a place for connection and possibility.




Ana Young (345KB) holds a BA Visual Arts (hons.) from the School of Arts, ANU, Canberra and a BA Fine Arts from the National Art School, Sydney. Ana describes her practice as inter-disciplinary: sculptural installations, drawing, paintings investigate the notion of landscape as a series of ongoing journeys. She will revisit particular localities, research their previous histories and geographies. Constructions evolve from found objects and materials that may hint at their original location. Ana continually explores the role of place and memory as a point of arrival and departure in her work. “I seek to interrogate how I see landscape, the distance between the studio and being there  allows the  restructuring of works whether in 2d forms or 3d forms. I find new possibilities pursuing the Australian bush, silence and close observation lead ultimately to works finding their own rhythm and poetry”.

Ana Young  

Ana Young


Frances O’Rourke holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the National Art School and Certificate of Floristry from Pearson School of Floristry. Frances is primarily interested in painting and drawing landscapes and will often paint plein air as it provides a direct and intimate connection with nature. It was on her most recent trips to the Kosciosko High Country and the Eastern MacDonald Ranges where she was truly able to explore and articulate her passion for nature in all its manifestations and forms, using a vibrant palette of acrylics. According to Frances “my works offer an abstract take on colour, light and texture of landscape. These help to guide the immersion into Australia’s rural outback, which I find can relax the soul and rekindle one’s relationship with nature. When conveying my memories, I marvel at nature, its beauty and destruction, the duality of both joy and sadness. Through this, I seek to express the authenticity of the Australian bush”.




Beth Radford (41KB) is a visual artist who creates complex hard-edge geometric paintings that refer to the inherent systems that govern the natural world. With a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and a Bachelor of Arts (Religious Studies), University of Sydney, Beth unites her interests to create pieces that are intended to be both intellectual explorations of form and symmetry, as well as objects of contemplative focus. According to Beth “Recognition and appreciation of the beautiful ordered relationships which underlie and hold together what often seems like an unpredictable existence is central to my work.  Precise gradations of colour are used to create shimmering luminous effects that evoke a sense of movement while pattern-layering techniques create the illusion of depth. Each work is meticulously painted by hand over several weeks”.



2. Alfred Street Artist Studios


2020 Studio Artists


Michelle Arnott (124KB) is a Sydney based artist and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Sydney and an extensive background in Visual Arts Education.  She will document images deemed “Iconic” that may elicit nostalgia or connection in the viewer. With a focus on landmarks, cultural iconography or objects and sites of significance, Michelle finds enormous beauty in the everyday.  Her work is characteristically built up from many layers of acrylic paint to a rich, creamy consistency with a distinctive crisp edge that brings a luminous clarity to the works on canvas. She seeks to capture a glimpse of light playing subtly on her subjects in “what the Japanese would call wabi sabi and ichi-go ichi-e or Edward Hopper would refer to as “sunlight on the side of a house”.




Natasha Walsh (68KB) is an emerging Sydney based artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School and a Masters of Fine Arts (Painting), National Art School.

Natasha has achieved recognition in the art world as a promising painter, particularly after winning a number of prestigious art prizes in 2018, including the ‘Mosman Art Prize’, ‘The Kilgour Prize’ and the ‘Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Award’. The latter resulted in a residency at the ‘Cite International des Arts, Paris’ in 2019 and in 2020 Natasha returned to Australia with the goal to complete the large body of work she started in Paris. 
Natasha has also been a finalist in a number of other significant  awards including the ‘Archibald’ in 2016 and 2017, the ‘Black Swan’ in 2017, the ‘’Scottish Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2017 and the ‘Portia Geach Memorial Award’ in 2016 where she was highly commended. In 2015 she won the Emerging Artist Prize in the ‘Mosman Art Prize’.

Natasha’s practice “wistfully explores the bittersweet inevitability of a present that is both lost and found. A human perception of time only made possible through the processes of memory. Her practice shifts between the living and the dying, the enduring and the fleeting”.





Anne Numont (85KB) holds a Bachelor of Design (Honours) from UNSW Art & Design and 15 years of industry experience in television and digital media. Her art practice includes drawing, handmade paper and installation to create landscapes and informal geographies as mindful connections to place, self and society. With a syncretist approach, references include migration, Australiana, her Filipino heritage, cubism, biophilia, technophilia, science and spirituality. An assimilated Australian, Anne identifies with a state of being in-between: the ambiguity, hybridity, potential, inertia and loss this space can manifest particularly around culture, the natural environment, perception and memory. Her creative practice, as a microcosm, attempts to integrate parts of herself that speak to the profound and macrocosmic forces of nature, humanity and technology.

Anne Numont, Nocturnal Harbour 2018


Anne Numont, Identity Ecology 2019

Tilly Lees (32KB) is a Sydney based artist who works across the mediums of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and installation. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from National Art School and a Masters of Contemporary Art from Sydney College or the Arts, University of Sydney. Tilly was awarded a year-long Artist Residency at Gallery Lane Cove in 2019, culminating in her second solo exhibition.  In 2018 she completed a residency at Royal Prince Albert Hospital which culminated in an inclusive artwork, now on permanent exhibition in the hospital foyer. According to Tilly “Exploring the power of words by celebrating the individual marks we make; we can see ourselves in the messages as both giver and receiver”. Exploring cultural, physical and political concerns and injustices. Lees is interested in our vulnerabilities, complexities and transgressions and how they manifest within and around the human form.

TILLY LEES, Final resting place of Lost possibilities 2017



3. Coal Loader Artist Studio


Artist in Residence

Philippa Hagon (221KB) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School and recently completed a Master of Fine Arts, National Art School.

Philippa works in the conceptual, spatial and hybrid-expanded fields of painting, drawing, video, mixed-media, assemblage and installation. Her practice is focused on examining the use of everyday reclaimed materials to think beyond their useful/literal function. The reclaimed materials invoke the socio-cultural excesses of late-capitalism. The discarded waste poses questions of value/less and worth/less, not only in the discarded materials themselves, but in the subjective relationships we have to the materiality of desire and excess.

Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability

Coal Loader Studio




Participating Studio Artists from previous years

John Nearos and Helen Hill (2007), Tony Peri and Jill Lacina (2008), Meredith Peach and Dianne Finnegan (2008), Lyn Woodger Grant and Angela Morrell (2009), Rachel Wiggins and Sophie Taggart (2009), Angela Griffiths and Michele Morcos (2010), Jane Theau and Mandy Pryse Jones (2010), Kath Fries and Julie McConaghy (2011), Helen Sturgess and Jane Burton Taylor (2011-2012), Judi MacLaren and Deborah Brown (2012), Frances O'Rourke and Melanie Leihn (2013), Jess Birk and Theresa Darmody (2014), Penelope Lee and Natharlie Hartog-Gautier, Jane Theau, Tamsin Salehian, Ingrid van de Aa, Mandy Pryse Jones (2015), Alma Studholme (2016), Basia Zielinska, Anne Numont, Alex Thorby, Tamsin Salehian, Ingrid van der Aa, Jane Theau (2017), Sandra Winkworth (2017), Anne Numont, Bernadette Facer, Jane Theau, Simon Brown, Ana Young, Terhi Hakola (2018-19), Rhonda Pryor (2018), Haruka Kokubu (2019)