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Archive 2013/2014

Artists in Residence 2013 - 2014

Council would like to thank and congratualte the artists in residence for the 2013-2014 program:

Artist Medium Studio name
Marynes Avila Visual artist Parr studio
Samantha-Ellen Bound Writer Grainger studio
Kristen Halkett Visual artist Beckett studio
Guy Little Visual artist Tayler studio
Jane Sullivan Writer Marshall studio

Artist Studio - 'Open Day' 2014

The 2014 Artist in Residence Open Day was held on Saturday 3 May 2014.

The Open Day marked the end of the current artists in residence and welcomed the new artists. It was a chance for the Bayside and wider community to observe the artist's work in progress, enjoy a day in the gardens of Billilla and partake in some light refreshment with wonderfully creative people.

Inside Kristen Halketts' studio ( Beckett Studio)

 

Detail of preliminary works- Marynes Avila ( Parr Studio)

 

Inside Jane Sullivans' studio ( Marshall studio)

 

Inside Guy Littles' studio (Tayler Studio)

 

 

At the end of March 2014, Marynes Avila worked with Brighton Beach Primary School year 6 students and school Art Teacher, Gale Rankin, to workshop elements of Marynes's passion for design in nature. The children created drawings and sculpture through the process.

Council's environmental sustainability 'Brighter Schools' program is proudly associated with this project.

Brighter Schools Project

Wilson Street Kindergarten corporate logo

In May 2014, Marynes worked with Wilson Street Kindergarten in a series of visual art workshops with teachers and students in addition to excellent program for young children. The workshops linked with the kindergarten's 'Bush Kinder Program' by exploring the observation, respect and appreciation of nature. Marynes explained her craft to small classes and showed them how nature can be used in assisting them in expanding and encouraging their own creativity. They created drawings and sculptures using found organic objects, such as twigs, and leaves.

Children's colourful drawings created from tracing their hand to create a tree trunk and finger painting leaves around the tree Children's colourful drawings created from tracing their hand to create a tree trunk and finger painting leaves around the tree
Wilson Street Kindergarten students created colourful drawings by tracing their hand to create a tree trunk and finger painting leaves around the trunk. (images courtesy Marynes Avila)

Children's colourful drawings created by tracing their hand to create a tree trunk and finger painting leaves around the trunk.

Image courtesy Marynes Avila

Children's colourful drawings created from tracing their hand to create a tree trunk and finger painting leaves around the tree

Children also created their own sculptured birds nest by gluing twigs to paper (image courtesy Marynes Avila).

Artist Feature - Marynes Avila - In Residence 2013/2014 - Visual Artist

Residence "Parr Studio'

" My work implements the use of multiples as 'data connectors' by investigating the uniqueness of each individual unit and is interrelationship with the group. This provides the viewer with a fertile ground for the rethinking and the redefinition of the object and its social/cultural function."

"The Bayside Artist in Residence programme will provide me with a unique space and environment to create a new body of work. I will gravitate between digital photography, drawings on paper and a series of paintings refering to the Bayside environment. Seeing life through the eyes of multiples and reassigning them with a different meaning will contribute to new knowledge in the field of Visual Arts."

To find out more about Marynes Avila and her work, please see her website: http://www.marynesavila.com/

Marynes Avila
Hybrid Times - 2008
10000 bamboo skewers.
100cm L x 100cm D x 30cm H
Toorak Village Sculpture Award
(Winner of the Worrells Mercedes-Benz and Melbourne Weekly Magazine Award)
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Marynes Avila
Colony - 2010
Paper, shellac 12 units.
100cm L x 100cm D x 80cm H
Toyota Comms. Spirit Sculpture Exhibition
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Marynes Avila
Eternal - 2008
500 twigs collected on site, white paint.
500cm L x 200cm D x 50cm H
McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
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Marynes Avila
Emblem - 2008
Glass, bronze, sand 10 units.
300cm L x 200cm D x 80cm H
Arnold Bloch Leibler Sculpture Exhibition, Melbourne
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Marynes Avila
Wave - 2012
1840 Recycled plastic bottles.
700cm L x 70cm D x 8cm H
Contemporary Sculptors Association Artist Residency July/August 2012
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Marynes Avila
Metamorphous - 2008
2500 factory cut offs (interactive).
500cm L x 300cm D
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - ACCA's Foyer, Melbourne
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Marynes Avila
Ambiguous - 2006
6.000.000 pine needles, bronze, voile
Dimensions approx. 500cm L x 300cm D x 400cm H
Artist in Residence 2013 - 2014
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Marynes Avila at work in the Parr Studio - Creating 'Synapses' - 2014

Artist in Residence, Marynes Avila creating 'Synapses' 2014.

 

Artist in Residence, Marynes Avila creating 'Synapses' 2014.

Photography, courtesy of the Artist, Marynes AVILA - 2014 - Parr Studio.

Installation by Marynes Avila - Synapses - 2014. Ephemeral sculpture - photo courtesy of the artist

Synapses - 2014

Approx. 300,000 fallen pine needles collected on site, 13 units. This site specific public art installation extends artist Marynes Avila's ongoing research on the complexities of multiplicity. The work explores the concept of multiplicity throughout the study of plants' anatomy at a cellular and external level. It also creates an analogy between the plasticity of the human brain, the reproduction of neurons, human cells, veins and arteries.

Installation by Marynes Avila - Synapses - 2014. Ephemeral sculpture - photo courtesy of the artist Installation by Marynes Avila - Synapses - 2014. Ephemeral sculpture - photo courtesy of the artist
Synapses - 2014 detail Synapses - 2014 detail

Photography courtesy of the artist, Marynes Avila.

Marynes works with year 6 students from Brighton Beach Primary School

Subjects for drawing 'Art in Nature' - collected by the artist from the Public Gardens of Billilla Mansion.

Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers

Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers

Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers
Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers
Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers
Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers
Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers
Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers Collection of organic materials, twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers

Students drawing from 'life subjects' during the workshop

Kids drawing Kids drawing
Kids drawing Kids drawing
Kids drawing Kids drawing
Kids drawing Kids drawing
Kids drawing Kids drawing

Collage of children's drawings.

Collage of children's drawings Collage of children's drawings

Children drawing from shapes found in the school grounds

Artist workshop props used to provide examples of individual interpretations of what design/imagery can be found in nature

Artist workshop props

 

Artist workshop props Artist workshop props

The drawings weree on display at Marynes Studio, Parr Studio on the Artist in Residence Open Day at Billilla on Saturday May 3, 2014.

Artist Feature - Samantha-Ellen Bound - In Residence 2013/2014 - Writer

Residence - Grainger studio

"I am a writer who predominantly works in Children's novels, although I have also had one-act plays performed and short stories published. Children's novels always have and remain something I care deeply about; something that excites me; something that inspires me. Each of my novels I aim to be quirky, funny, and adventurous works of imagination that are, above all, touching and important. I want to create the sort of classic children's stories that engrossed me as a child and that I still carry around with me today.
My first children's novel, What the Raven Saw, was published by Random House in February 2013. My second Ebony and Avery is at the beginning stages of editing also with Random House. I have a children's dance series coming out next year called Silver Shoes, which allows me to write about my other big love - performing arts. I have had short stories published in publications such as Sleepers Almanac and the [untitled] anthology and also won National awards. My one-act plays, Do you Come Here Often and How Can We Help? were performed at Victorian play festivals in 2012 and 2013, and have received quite a few nominations. I have degrees in writing and literature and a diploma in publishing and editing.

Please have a look at my blog for more examples of my work" http://bookgrotto.blogspot.com/

The Sleepers Almanac
Author, Samantha-Ellen Bound
Sleepers Publishing - December 2011
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Author, Samantha-Ellen Bound
Busybird Publishing - May 2011
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What the Raven Saw
Author, Samnatha-Ellen Bound
Published by Random House - February 2013
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Artist Feature - Kristen Halkett - In Residence 2013/2014 - Visual Artist

Residence "Beckett Studio"

"I consider myself to be a multi-disciplinary artist. I have exhibited a wide range of artwork from photomedia, installation and art wear to more traditional mediums of printmaking, drawing and painting. Recently I have regarded myself a 'maker of objects', which has led to the creation of functional ceramic, jewellery and craft-based work under the pseudonym of Hellkat Designs. The intention with this work is very different from previously exhibited pieces, so it is important to me to have a clear differentiation by using a different moniker.

Originating from country Victoria, a great deal of my practice concerns identity and displacement, along with observations of society and the environment. I am also interested in the entwined notions of femininity, jewellery and craft. For my ceramic work I often strive for an exploration and experimentation of materials, hand building pieces and allowing an organic aesthetic to flourish during the making process. I'm pleased to have been selected for the Artist in Residence programme as this will give me the space to create multiple projects and allow my creativity to flourish. I am particularly excited that my residency at Billilla will give me the chance to further explore 3D work and expand ideas to their full potential."

Crocheted and woven VHS tape, dimensions variable Eco-print on watercolour paper

Kristen Halkett
LBDVHS - 2010 (detail)
Crocheted and woven VHS tape
dimensions variable
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Kristen Halkett
Blue Gum Rorschach (detail) - 2013
Eco-print on watercolour paper
40cm x 50cm
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Porcelain, bangles, dimensions variable Hand - built stoneware, coton perle
Kristen Halkett
Dot/Dash bangles - 2012 (detail)
Porcelain, dimensions variable
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Kristen Halkett
Threaded' vase
Hand-built stoneware, coton perle,
10cm x 9cm x 13cm
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Kristen Halkett
Pantheon - Monument series - 2009 (detail)
Digital Photographic Print, 40 x 60cm

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Kristen Halkett
Monumenti - 2010 (detail)
Photographic Installation, dimensions variable
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Kristen Halkett
Monumenti - 2010
Photographic Installation, dimensions variable
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Work in progress photographs

Photographs courtesy: Kristen HALKETT - Beckett Studio - 2014, taken during her residency.

 

Billilla Historic Mansion in afternoon sun

Artist's palatte - Kristen Halkett - Beckett Studio

Artist Feature - Guy Little - In Residence 2013/2014 - Visual Artist

Residence "Tayler Studio"

"My main work is a series about the rites of passage in life, with the tree often as a metaphor for human existence. I enjoy playing with depth and so the drawing at a distance appears one way and then upon closer inspection reveals an inner life irony. My work is viewed differently at varying distances in differing worlds of contemplation. I draw with both my left and right hands in pen and ink after first sketching in pencil. I control dots at an average speed of 8 dots per second and do up to 16 dots per second in short bursts. I enjoy the tactile feeling of drawing, the touch of breath, the direct transmission from brain, heart and intuition down into my hand. The chance to make mistakes and it is the imperfection of the medium that gives each drawing its character."

Guy has been a professional international award winning photographer for 28 years, living in Melbourne. After leaving high school went to Curtin University WA to study Art/Design and eventually went into photography. He has lectured on Creativity for 15 years at RMIT University for the Photo Imaging programme and occasionally at Melbourne University and has also taught Drawing and Life Drawing both at RMIT and privately. He has also done courses in 3D paper sculpture, woodblock & lino cut, print making and glassblowing. Guy will complete a further 5 pieces in his rites of passage series during his residency at Billilla House and will work towards an exhibition showcasing 8 artworks. For more information about Guy's work please see his website www.artistprint.com.au/

 

Guy Little
Marriage© - 2011
Part of the series
Rites of Passage
Pen and ink
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Guy Little
Teenager© - 2012
Part of the series
Rites of Passage
Pen and ink
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Guy Little
Runaway© - 2013
Part of the series
Rites of Passage
Pen and ink
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Guy Little
Mercury© - 2010
Pen and ink
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Artist Feature - Jane Sullivan - In Residence 2013/2014 - Writer

Residence - Marshall studio

"I’m a writer of fiction and a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines, specialising in literary journalism: I think I’ve always been besotted with books. I was born in London of Australian parents and came to live in Melbourne in 1979. For many years I had a career with the Melbourne Age, as staff reporter, feature writer and editor of various sections, including the books pages. I reported from Africa and China and won the inaugural Australian Human Rights award for journalism. My first love, however, is writing fiction, and I’ve been quietly working at it for a long time.

My first novel, The White Star, was published in 2000 by Penguin Australia. My second novel, Little People, was published in April 2011 by Scribe Publications. You can read a short story featuring some of the characters in Little People in a short story, Fallen Woman, in New Australian Stories 2 (Scribe). I write a Saturday column on books and writing, Turning Pages, for The Age, and contribute occasional features. I will be using the residency at Billilla House as a space away from distractions and a place to think, plan, dream and write. I will be working on the first draft of a novel set in 1860s Melbourne."

U3A Writing Radio Plays Course

As a commitment to the Bayside Community, Jane will provide a short story to U3A for adaption into a radio play in the 2014 Term 1 Writing Radio Plays Course, and attend a class reading of the adaptations completed by course participants.

One selected radion play adaptation of Jane's short story will be recorded by 88.3 Southern for replay on 'Theatre of the Air' in Terri Adams' Kaleidoscope program. The U3A Writing Radio Plays course will also be part of the 2014 Bayside Literary Series.

2012: Novel, Little People
Author, Jane Sullivan
Published in UK and Australia

2010: Draft, Little People
Author, Jane Sullivan
Shortlisted for CAL/Scribe Fiction Prize

2000: Novel, The White Star
Author, Jane Sullivan
Published by Penguin

1996: Draft, The White Star
Author, Jane Sullivan
Shortlisted for HarperCollins Fiction Prize

Photos of Jane's studio during her residency

Billilla Mansion Studios - Jane Sullivan - 2014

Billilla Mansion Studios - Jane Sullivan - 2014- studio artwork Billilla Mansion Studios - Jane Sullivan - 2014
Billilla Mansion Studios - Jane Sullivan - 2014 - Bookcase Billilla Mansion Studios - Jane Sullivan - 2014 - Chair

Billilla Mansion Studios - Jane Sullivan - 2014 - Outside Studio


Page last updated: 12 Aug 2015

Kristen Halkett
Self-portrait, 2010
Digital Photographic Print
30 x 45cm
Artist in Residence 2013 - 2014
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Image: Courtesy,
Marynes AVILA - 2014
detail - 'Multiplicity: Billilla 13'
External walls, 
Billilla Mansion.
Photo taken during residency.

Guy Little
Machine No. 1© - 2010
Pen and ink on paper
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Image: Courtesy,
Marynes AVILA - 2014
detail - 'Multiplicity: Billilla 38'
Photo taken during residency.

Jane Sullivan and
Samantha-Ellen Bound,
two writers in residence 2013/2014.

Image above is the
marketing artwork for the
Bayside Literary Festival 2012.

Marynes Avila
Shelter - June 2013 (detail)

Approximately 300 fallen sticks
collected on site Bunjil Reserve.
Supported by Nillumbick Shire Council & Parks Victoria.
Dimensions vairable.

Artist in Residence 2013 - 2014
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Image: Courtesy,
Marynes AVILA - 2014
detail - 'Multiplicity: Billilla 1'
Lamp post at Billilla Mansion.
Photo taken during residency.