My ‘Australia to the Arctic’ fundraising campaign is quickly drawing to its end on the 25 June. Would you please donate to support my participation in the Canadian Wilderness Artists Residency, all donations $2 and over are Tax Deductible. Please follow this link to make a donation to my project. https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/australia-to-the-arctic/
The Australian Cultural Fund is a fundraising platform for Australian artists, it is managed by Creative Partnerships Australia and was established by the Australian Government in 2003 to encourage donations to the arts. Donations over $2 are tax deductible through the ACF, and supporters get the chance to make a real difference to the work of Australian artists.
I am the first Australian to be selected to participate on the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency in the Yukon Territory this July and August. I was chosen from 42 applicants to paddle in sub-arctic Canada 735 kilometres down the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, arriving just in time to participate in the Riverside Arts Festival.
It’s time to celebrate! I’ve been selected for the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency in the Yukon Territory this August.
I’ve always understood that to create great work or to achieve greatness you will never do it by playing safe, so what better way to work outside my comfort zone than in the wilds of northern Canada.
It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for me on this adventure, a once in a lifetime experience. I’ll be paddling through the wilderness on the Yukon River; enveloped by the natural beauty of the Canadian fauna, flora, and rugged countryside. Away from the safety of my studio, I’ll be compelled to explore my new environment, the different landscapes, to draw on the new colours & light, the new materials & textures.
Geography has a huge impact on my jewellery. My work has always been heavily influenced by the changing landscapes of my life; in each ring or pendant you can glimpse into the Australian desert, the sea and its shores, and from travels that include West African countries Ghana & Mali. The remoteness & exploration associated with this residency, the time to connect with the people & places will give me the opportunity to keep expanding & challenging my practice.
I’ve started preparing a small selection of tools to take on the adventure, some emery paper, files, and pliers. The adventure concludes at the Riverside Arts Festival in Dawson City where we have the opportunity to share with other artists from Canada and the region.
Last year I visited Canada & travelled from west to east finishing in New Brunswick where I reconnected with a friend that I met 31 years earlier on a station platform in Brussels Railway Station Belgium 1985. I felt a real connection to Canada & its people on this journey; I’m keen to continue to explore this connection as an artist on this residency.
Are you looking for style, something unique? Check out my range of men’s accessories including sterling silver arm rings, rings and cufflinks. Buy online or direct from my studio gallery on the Mornington Peninsula. I welcome custom orders.
I’ll be opening my studio this Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm, please feel welcome to drop in during these times. You’ll find me at 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
If you can’t make it and would like to take advantage of my sale on earrings, necklaces and cufflinks please see my shop or send me a message to make another time.
If you’re interested in visiting an art gallery or artist studio during your holiday on the Mornington Peninsula, my studio gallery is always open by appointment. Please give me a call on 0413 304 013 or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time. This weekend I’m open from 10 to 5pm each day.