Artist Studio Programs

Council is committed to supporting artists to develop their professional practice. In doing so, we offer artist studio programs, and one artist in residence program to provide secure spaces for participants.

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.

*Note: the monthly Public Program will be held only if COVID-19 Public Health Orders allow.


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, which are currently tenanted until October 2022.

About the Program (132KB)


2. Coal Loader Artist in Residence program

The Artist in Residence program at the Coal Loader is available free-of-charge to one artist. Artists working with sustainable concepts or materials are prioritised.

The 2022/2023 Coal Loader Artist in Residence is Luca Blasonato.

About the Program (714KB)


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


 1. Primrose Park Artist Studios

 2021-22 Studio Artists

Toshiko Oiyama (76KB) is an artist whose practice is focused on drawing. For her, drawing is a way of asking questions, and one question she has been asking is what it means for all things to be in the constant state of transience. Walking on the hot sand, seeing the Autumn colours, feeling the frost in the air, and then witnessing the budding greens, she draws and experiments, while asking that question.

Born in Japan, she subsequently lived and worked as a graphic designer in Holland, the USA, Indonesia, Singapore and New Zealand before settling in Australia. In Sydney she switched her field to fine art, and obtained MA, MFA and PhD from the University of New South Wales.

Having been exposed to many cultures, Oiyama is aware of the possibility of another way of seeing, another way of responding in art making. Mixing various media, the figurative and abstract, the macro and micro, stillness and movement, she invites happy accidents while asking, experimenting and drawing.


Primrose Park Artist Studio Upper level

Primrose Park Artist Studio Upper level 3


 Primrose Park Studio Doors
Primrose Park Studio Courtyard with sign

Dr Katie Louise Williams (161KB) is a Sydney based Contemporary Artist and academic. She completed her PhD at Sydney College of the Arts in 2017.

Her artistic practice is focused on socially-engaged works that employ forms of performance, installation, painting and film. Often incorporating audience action as the living material of her work to create a space for thought and questioning around cultural forms, authenticity, and agency.

Williams has exhibited in Australia at galleries such as Art Gallery of NSW, Roslyn Oxley Gallery 9, Town Hall Gallery Melbourne and at multiple ARIs including Peloton, MOP and Alaska. She has worked and exhibited internationally at the Banff Centre of the Arts in Alberta Canada, The Prague Quadrennial of Performance, Design and Space, at the London Transart Triennial.



Shahroud Ghahani (20KB) is an Iranian-Australian artist who holds a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) and a Graduate Diploma (New Media) from the University of Technology Sydney. She is currently studying a Master of Arts at the University of New South Wales Art and Design. With twenty years of work as a designer, Shahroud has won awards for her contributions to illustration, design and digital media in Sydney and abroad. These varied experiences have informed her creations as a visual artist.

Her artworks are deeply layered and often incorporate elements of sculpture, photography and collage. Further, inspired by nature, her art employs a soft poetic language through explorations of pigment and texture.

Her paintings and works on paper are in private collections across Australia, Europe and America. She has been a finalist for the Kudos Emerging Artist and Designer Award in 2018 and 2019, and has recently exhibited in several group shows in New South Wales including, Gaffa gallery, Kudos gallery, AD_Space, Art Space on Concourse and Wallarobba Hornsby Culture and Art Centre. A selection of her artworks are archived on her website:


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

2022 Artist in Residence

Luca Blasonato recently completed a Masters of Fine Art at the National Art School Sydney. Luca is a painter working on naturally dyed canvas and also employing screen printing techniques. During Luca’s residency period he intends to make work in response to the flora of Ball’s Head and surrounding areas, using natural pigments to express colours, feel and experience of place. 



Artwork by Luca Blasonato
 Artwork by Luca Blasonato


Artwork by Luca Blasonato



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) Simon Brown, Bernadette Facer, Terhi Hakola, Ana Young, Frances O'Rourke, Beth Radford (2019-2020), Dr Katie Louise Wiliams, Beth Radford, Ana Young, Frances O’Rourke, Toshiko Oiyama, Shahroud Gahani (2020-21), Tilly Lees, Natasha Walsh, Michelle Arnott, Anne Numont (2020-21), Philppa Hagon (2020-22)