Header image artwork - Detail - Billilla_52 - Photography -  Marynes Avila, Artist in Residence 2013/2014 - Billilla black wrought iron fence & gate

Header image (Matto Lucas Photography):

Top - left to right (2015/2016 residents) - Stephen Nova, Thomas Bowman, Kate Just,
Candace Petrik, Rob McHaffie (2014/2015 resident) & Evan Lawson
(absent, Samuel CondonDick Gross, Motoko Katsuta Kitano).

Bottom - left to right (2014/2015 residents) - Shannon Smiley, Leigh Redhead,
Christine Rogers & Luhsun Tan (absent, Gillian Barnett & Reko Rennie).

Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program which began in 2009, is based at Billilla Historic Mansion at 26 Halifax Street, Brighton.

Eight residencies are available and are offered to successful applicants for 12 months from July to June annually.

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Bayside has long been associated with the Arts and has a rich cultural heritage. In keeping with this tradition Council has developed an artist in residence program, which aims to add value to Bayside’s cultural programs and to the broader community.

The intention is also to forge a place for creative dialogue between artists and facilitate the creation of culture via the development of new works.

The Artist-in-Residence program will consolidate actions within the Bayside Cultural Action Plan and add value to the following programs:

Bayside Design Market

In 2015 Council celebrated the Open Day by staging the inaugural Bayside Design Market. This market will be held again at the 2016 Open Day .

Artist Studios

At the rear of Billilla are the servants' quarters which comprise four separate rooms converted into day studios. The fifth & sixth are within the coach house which has been divided into two studios, the seventh studio is a two story apartment that is attached to the mansion with a private entrance. Many of the studio's are named after prominent local artists:

Studio name Artist  Medium  Historical reference 
Beckett studio Clarice Beckett Visual artist Servants' quarters
Grainger studio Percy Grainger Composer Servants' quarters
*Laundry studio N/A N/A Mansion laundry
Marshall studio Alan Marshall Writer Servants' quarters
Parr studio Lenton Parr Sculptor Coach house
*Sievers studio Wolfgang Sievers Visual artist Coach house
Tayler studio Lloyd Tayler Visual artist Butler's quarters
Traill studio Jessie Traill Visual artist The governesses' quarters

Clarice Beckett: (1887-1935) was a modernist painter who lived in Beaumaris and spent many years painting in the Bayside locale. Her paintings were characterised by a misty fog over her beach scenes, this was a tonal impression on how she saw the world.

Percy Grainger: (1882 – 1961) was born in Brighton and went onto be a prolific and experimental concert pianist and composer. He enjoyed considerable international success. At the height of his career he was performing over 120 shows a year, with his biggest audience being sought from performing in cinemas.

Alan Marshall: (1902-1984) was best known for his fictionalised autobiography, I Can Jump Puddles published in 1955. Marshall spent his later years living in Black Rock.

Lenton Parr: (1924 – 2003) was one of Australia’s most significant sculptors and a resident of Sandringham for 44 years. Parr was also at various times head of the RMIT sculpture school, the National Gallery art school and director of the school of art at the Victorian College of the Arts. His stainless steel sculpture ‘Windhover’ is situated on the Sandringham foreshore.

Wolfgang Sievers: (1913 - 2007) was an acclaimed architectural and industrial photographer both in Australia and internationally. Sievers photographed in Brighton, Beaumaris, Black Rock and Sandringham. In 1965, he photographed the Sandringham City Council Chambers and Officers.

Lloyd Tayler: (1830-1900) was a Brighton architect who designed the West Brighton Club and Kamesburgh in North Road as well as the Australian Club in Melbourne and the South Australian Houses of Parliament.

Jessie Traill: (1881 - 1967) was born at 'Westra' in South Road, Brighton and also lived some of her early life in Black Rock. She met Tom Roberts (a prominent Australian artist and key member of the Heidelberg School) on the beach at Black Rock where they began a lifelong friendship. Equally at home etching iron girders or towering eucalypts, Jessie Traill is considered one of Australia's most remarkable printmakers.

*The brougham: the Sievers studio also houses an early twentieth century brougham from the Estate of Miss Violet Weatherly.

The brougham was gifted to the City of Brighton by The Executors of the Weatherly Estate as part of Council's purchase of the house in 1973. It is a c. 1900 black painted carriage with fabric-lined interior. It was manufactured by Industria - Victoria Carriage Company.

The brougham will be on display during the Billilla Mansion Studios 'Open Day'.

The brougham - c. 1900 coach owned by the Weatherley family

*The laundry contains a Box Mangle, originally invented in the 17th century, the heavy frame contained rocks or bricks. The box containing the rocks rest on the series of wooden rollers, damp laundry could be laid flat under the rollers, or wound round the rollers, usually encased in a sheet to keep the laundry clean. It's primary use was to press household linen and clothing, the cranks were turned to move the heavy box back and forth over the rollers. Rather than wringing linen dry it was used to press it smooth and was the alternative to using hot irons for large laundered items.


Page last updated: 14 Jan 2016

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