Artquest, in partnership with Parramatta Artists Studios (PAS) and ACAVA, ran three 3-month visual arts residency in Sydney from 2005-2009.
The OZ residency was an opportunity for professional London-based visual arts or crafts practitioners at any stage of their careers to make a body of new work in a land far, far away.
The successful applicants all received:
- a free studio and separate apartment in the same complex worth £1800
- return airfare worth £800
- a stipend of £1000 and a materials contribution of £200.
PAS also provided professional development support and orientation in the Sydney contemporary art world.
This residency was a practice-based opportunity to develop a new body of work and international networks.
The selected artists sent regular journal entries of their experiences for the Artquest website, including updates on work produced, galleries visited, or an overview of the art scene in Australia. The artist's journal and images have been incorporated into our Artroute site, encompassing information on international art scenes around the world.
OZ was presented in partnership with Parramatta Artists Studios (PAS). PAS provide professional development support and orientation to the artists when in Sydney.
Artist Maria Amidu was awarded the first OZ residency, from January - March 2008. As a part of her residency, Maria was asked to send updates about her time in Australia to be published on the Artquest website.
Jaye Ho was awarded the second OZ residency and travelled to Sydney in November 2008.
Jaye Ho investigates the themes of contrast and paradox through sculpture and is a graduate of Central Saint Martins (BA) and the Slade (MFA). She has shown around London and Europe, notably 'Fenomenale' at the White Cube, Bergen (Norway), 'Framed' part of Node London at the Woburn Galleries, and 'Sound Waves' at the Kinetica Museum. Curatorial work includes shows at Abney Park Cemetery and St Pancras Crypt.
She lives and works in London, and is currently developing a project with independent record label Mordant Music. View Jaye Ho's website.
Uddin & Elsey were in residence from July-September 2009. After this period, the artists were invited to stay on and returned in November 2009. Uddin and Elsey have sent us their latest dispatch in the form of a blog which you can read here.
Uddin and Elsey's work is inspired by political events, conditions that lead to social unrest and the spirit of resistance. These are often starting points for research-based and process-led practice. Collaboration, dialogue and participation are integral to their practice. You can find out more about what they do on their website.
About Parramatta Artists Studios
The Parramatta Artists Studios complex was completed in 2007 and comprises 14 non-residential studios and 1 residential studio, providing affordable accommodation to both emerging and established professional contemporary artists. The Studios aim to support the development of individual artists, their practice and their contribution to arts as well as improving the opportunities for artists and the community in Parramatta.
The focus of the Parramatta Artists Studios is on contemporary arts and craft, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, photography, filmmaking, design, sound, music and digital media. Artists are encouraged to practise the full range of their arts within the capacity of the studio space provided. One studio space is reserved for international visual artists and craftspeople and is used for the Artquest OZ residency.