Artist Studio Programs

Council runs two artist studio programs.

  1. Primrose Park Arts Centre has six well equipped, shared studio spaces for artists at low cost rent for a one year period.
  2. The Coal Loader Artist Studio is available free-of-charge to one artist per ten month period (artists working with sustainable concepts or materials are given priority).

Supporting artists to develop their profession by providing low-cost or free studio spaces, Council then requires the selected studio artists to share their creativity with the community, adding to local cultural life through an active and engaging Public Program of open days, exhibitions, workshops and artist talks:

Coal Loader Artist Studio Public Program

Primrose Park Artist Studio Public Program



Coal Loader Artist Studios - Applications now OPEN.  Please read the attached documents for information about the program and dates.  Applications close 31 January 2020.

Coal Loader Artist Studio Program - About the Program (159KB)

Coal Loader Artist Studio Program - Expression of Interest Guidelines (161KB)

Coal Loader Artist Studio Program - Application Form (138KB)


Primrose Park Artist Studios - Applications CLOSED on the 2 August 2019 for the upcoming tenancy period commencing 1 October 2019 – 29 September 2020. Applications will reopen on 30 May 2020 for the 12 month residency commencing 1 October 2020.  Please read these guidelines for more information on the residency (132KB).

For information contact the Team Leader Arts and 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 BrownSimon Brown


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

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


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.

Terhi Hakola  

Terhi Hakola


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. Coal Loader Artist Studio

2019 Artist in Residence



Haruka Kokubu is a local textile based visual artist and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW (Painting and Drawing) and Master of Fine Arts, University of NSW Art and Design.

Haruka’s recent practice is focused on the development of ‘COSMOS OSMOSIS’ solar capsules, where naturally dyed objects constructed from locally sourced plants are constructed and installed in an environment where the process of dying is transformed by the natural elements.  This unique time-based and interactive project builds on Haruka’s interest in and ability working with natural dyes and sustainable eco-living.

According to Haruka “my practice of employing natural dye techniques mirrors how I encounter this foreign nature. I experience the landscape by walking, gathering and sorting. I collect materials: leaves and barks from local bushwalks, used textiles and found objects. I also collect visual landscapes: memories from childhood, views from my window or in meditative walks through the forest. I work with these found objects and memories, transforming them in the process. The landscape is my collaborator and as I engage with it, it provides me with a sense of belonging. Through this process, I have developed a new sense of self”.

During the residency Haruka will offer 4 free community art workshops which explore methods of natural dyeing and mark making using recycled materials and other environmentally sustainable resources. The studio will also be open to the public one day per month offering an opportunity to meet and chat with the artist.

Haruka Kokubu, Paying Marco Boro
Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability

Coal Loader Studio

Haruka Kokubu

Haruka Kokubu


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)

Posted on 28 November 2019

Back to Listing
Primrose Park Studios