Artists Studio Programs

Council runs two artist studio programs:

  1. at Primrose Park studio, and
  2. at the Coal Loader Artist studio.

North Sydney Council supports artists to develop their professional art practice by providing low-cost or free studio spaces.

Council requires that the selected studio artists 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 Residency Exhibition

 

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For information contact the Arts & Culture Team Leader on 9936 8100 or email artsandculture@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Applications for the 2018 program will open in June 2017 and be available on the Council Website.

 

 1. Primrose Park Artist Studio

 

Council offers six well equipped shared studio spaces to artists at Primrose Park Arts Centre.

They are separated on upper and lower levels, with four artists up top and two on the lower - these levels are not connected and entry is separate. Their location is the picturesque setting of the middle harbour foreshore and surrounding parklands within the grounds of Primrose park, Matora Lane (off Young Street), Cremorne. Council provides them for 12 months.

Artists are required to open their studio to the public a minimum of two days per month, or one weekend, offering artists talks, workshops or exhibitions. Artists are also to hold one group exhibition during the program for no less than one week duration. Additional exhibitions are encouraged. 

 

Studio Artists 2017

Upper Level Studio

Tamsin Salehian (258KB) holds a BA Fine Arts, VCA, MU, plus a BA and BSc (human ecology), ANU. She has been involved in both environmental and artistic projects in the UK and Australia for over 10 years, producing large-scale installations and exhibiting internationally. Her work often involves an interdisciplinary approach to media using computer modelling, sculpture, drawing and photography to explores ideas concerning contemporary culture, social and environmental issues. Recent works have focused on issues within the suburban landscape returning to photographing suburbia and the politics of new estates, ideas about crowd aesthetics and thoughts about our homes as metaphors. In 2014, Tamsin produced Hybrid House, which was exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, as well two related works exhibited at the Mildura Biennale in 2013.

Tamsin Salehian Tamsin Salehian & Laine Hogarty

 

Jane Theau (123KB) is a visual artist working in sculpture, ceramics, video and installation. Her practise addresses primarily the unsustainability of continual economic growth and untrammelled consumption and in keeping with this focus she creates work that is barely there or which is made from repurposed materials. Awards Jane has received include a Hill End Artists Residency 2015, the Artist at the Armory Award 2014, The Ewart Prize 2014, the Rookwood Sculpture Prize 2012 and she has been a finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize, Black Swan Portrait Prize, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award and the Love Lace exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Jane has a Master of Art from COFA, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Applied Science from the UTS, Sydney and is President of the Workshop Arts Centre, Willoughby.

 Jane Theau Immoral Fibre 1Jane Theau Light Perception

  

Virginia Moorfield holds a Bachelor of Arts (Adelaide University) and a Bachelor of Journalism (Magill University SA). She has also undertaken short courses at the Julian Ashton School of Art at The Rocks in Sydney, Adelaide Central School of Art  and taken master classes with high profile South Australian artists.

Representational or Figurative art is her main focus with an interest in referencing modern life with an historical background as a form of expressionism.

Virginia developed her love of art as a child in Broken Hill painting the richness of Australia’s outback and she has been exhibited in the North Sydney Art Prize as well as a fundraising event for Migrant Women in South Australia.

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Alex Thorby (225KB) holds a Certificate Fine Art, Meadowbank TAFE, B Ed (Art) and Post Grad Dip (Painting) City Art Institute, Sydney. Predominately a painter, she has won the Waverly Art Prize - Oil Painting, has been Highly Commended in the Mosman Art  Prize and finalist in multiple art prizes including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, Salon des Refuses and Paddington Art Prize. Her work is in the collection of the Margaret Olley Trust,  AGNSW and Armidale Regional Gallery. A current interest in contemporary issues around identity and environment has seen her work make a foray into installation work.  

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Lower Level Studio 

Anne Numont (53KB) holds a Bachelor of Design with Honours from UNSW Art & Design. Her primary medium is drawing, yet her process is multidisciplinary incorporating photography, sculpture, painting and her background in media graphics. Recurring subjects within Anne’s practice are the myriad aspects of place whether connecting with a geographic location, social construct or a state of being in the world. The latter being the focus in her last body of work, exploring an internal headspace to produce a series of experimental drawings partly performative in execution. In 2015, Anne’s work was acquired by North Sydney Council and she was also selected as a finalist in the Cliftons Art Prize Asia-Pacific and The North Sydney Art Prize.

 

Anne Numont Drifters Welcome
 

Basia Zielinska. When I make an artwork, I have no choice but to intuitively respond to the world around me and to my internal, emotional journey. My paintings usually have many layers and symbols, which have deep personal meaning. It is a mysterious process. I do not have an agenda, and no knowledge of where this process will take me.  I make material choices, and my palette may be limited to just black or can be one of many, very vibrant colours.  I simply turn up and paint.

 

Basia Zielinska I   Basia Zielinska II

Primrose Park Artist Studio Upper level

Primrose Park Artist Studio Upper level 3
Jane Theau Immoral Fibre 2
 Primrose Park Studio Doors
 
 Primrose Park Studio Courtyard with sign

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2. Coal Loader Artist Studio

This unique studio space is at the Coal Loader Site located amid the bush and harbour foreshore setting of the award winning Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton.

The space is available free-of -charge and artists are required to be available to talk to the public on scheduled days and provide community workshops during their residency.

The program is offered on a 12 month basis and priority is given to artists working with sustainable concepts or materials.

          

 

Studio Artist

Alma Studholme (19KB) is an emerging sculptor, currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Her work focuses on various ontological aspects of the embodied human experience through an experimental framework, designed to extend her sculptural practice across cognitive sciences, neuroscience and contemplative religious traditions.

Alma's art practice involves mixed media and multimedia installations, often explored in the context of ceramics as her core medium. Filmed performances form a distinctive feature of her multimedia projects. The twelve months residency at the Coal Loader Artist Studio will enable her to develop large-scale sculptural forms and to further explore the interactive performative aspects of mixed media and multimedia installations, hopefully by inspiring North Sydney's community's participation.

Alma will be holding monthly open days and free community workshops during her residency at the studio.

 

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 Coal Loader Site

Coal Loader Artists Studio

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Alma Studholme Verge Exhibition

 

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

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