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.

Note: the monthly Public Program of open days and workshops will not be held during 2020 due to Covid 19.

 

 

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 2021.

About the Program (133KB) 

 

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 which are currently tenanted until June 2021.

 

3.  The Coal Loader Artist Studio

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 Artist in Residence for 2020 - 2021 has been selected, see details below.

About the Program (154KB) 

 

  

More information - Team Leader Arts & Culture on 9936 8100 or email artsandculture@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

 1. Primrose Park Artist Studios

2020-21 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.

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Primrose Park Artist Studio Upper level

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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.

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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: https://www.shahroudghahani.com

 

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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”.

www.anayoung.com.au

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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”.

 

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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”.

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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”.

https://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Arnott/100018243067529

 
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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”.

www.natashawalsh.com.au

 

 

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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.

www.annenumont.com

 
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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.

 
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 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.


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Coal Loader Studio

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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) Simon Bronw, Bernadette Facer, Terhi Hakola, Ana Young, Frances O'Rourke, Beth Radford (2019-2020)