We are thrilled that one of our 2018 resident artists, Victoria Hannan has been awarded the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Victoria completed the second draft of her book during a residency at all that we are. Victoria was a very dedicated writer and when not going for a swim at one of the local beaches spent many hours a day writing… Congratulations Victoria!
Simon delivered the first of a new series of Saturday morning children’s programming at Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart today. The annual stART program includes a whole range of arts activities for children and families created by a range of ArTELIER artists. Bec Stevens worked alongside Simon with families to create another Self Assembly installation and creative encounter using wood from the land and plaster bandages.
A few years ago I received a commission to illustrate a picture book by Sherryl Clark for Allen & Unwin. I’ve found it difficult to complete for many reasons. A number of other all-consuming projects including animated sex-ed videos for schools and concept design for The Museum Of Australian Democracy have claimed my time and energy. And I’ve had second book-jitters and an irrational fear of colour.
This Christmas holiday window is the time to finish it. I’m so glad Simon and Victoria allowed me to come to All That We Are in their off-season. The main purpose was to go somewhere removed from distractions and get the work done to that magical point where completion feels inevitable. It’s certainly quiet here, which is great. But what I’m finding even more conducive is the beauty of the house – it’s like my dream of a place to live and work – and being surrounded by creativity, both on the walls and in Victoria and Simon’s approach to life.
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in applications to both Tas Arts and The Australia Council for the Arts to continue and grow the ArTELIER program through 2019. This offers new possibilities and includes some projects, research and a summer camp.
We are thrilled at the affirmation of all our work to date and are pleased with this national acknowledgement of the need for this activity in Tasmania.
We shall be updating the website in the coming weeks to reflect this growth in the project. Watch this space…
Salamanca Arts Centre and ArTELIER kick off 2019 with the exciting announcement of the collaborative project, stART. stART is a program of artist lead encounters connecting children, families, and young people. stART is NOT your average creative holiday workshop where young participants are dropped off and picked up after a couple of hours after getting creative with butchers paper and crayons. stART’s point of difference is that parents/guardians are also included. The stART program has been specifically designed for both children and their parent/s or guardian/s wanting to participate together in Tasmanian artist led experiences.
In 2019 all that we are will run three artist-in-residence seasons – one in the Autumn (April/May) and two in the Spring (October and November). Being an artist in residence gives you complete freedom to make work, relax and reflect on your practice and explore the rich environment of Tasmania. You have your own room, a shared kitchen, bathroom and work/living space (with the option of using a studio) within the private residence at 1450 South Arm Road. You can stay for up to 21 days with costs ranging from $50 – $75 dollars per night self catering.
We cater for individuals, couples and groups and provide a quiet and creative environment with stunning views across the water. It’s a great opportunity to meet other like-minded artists, take time out to reflect and engage with Tasmania artists through our ArTELIER program.
There is no formal application process. Just fill in the form below with when you would like to come with some links to your work, together with an idea of what you intend to do while you are here.
On arrival at All That We Are, I immediately felt very safe. There was no expectation, no required outcome of my time there. The time was mine. Simon and Victoria made that very clear. Yet they were also incredibly willing to look at and encourage the work I did make. Their spirit and conversations gave me permission: I was free.
The time spent in pure nature did wonders. I don’t understand how, it just did. Silence. Clean air. Sunsets. Sunrises. Collecting shells. Walking on sand. Looking at trees. Staring at the sea. This cleared my mind and told me it was right for me to create.
It was easy for me to submit to the creative process during this artist residency. A lot of this was down to how Simon and Victoria hosted me in a way that welcomed and freed me to do whatever I needed to do with the time.
These are excerpts from Emma Constantine’s book Reconnecting Skin, Stone and Sky, a memoir that accompanies her recent exhibition Body of Land in which she honestly reflects upon the joys and struggles of her creative process and in which her time at All That We Are is a main feature.You can purchase a copy here: https://tinyurl.com/y75ooluc
I’m back at All That We Are for a second residency. A week in the bright studio space, amongst the open forest, of the Ridgeline above Pipe Clay Lagoon.
During my first residency I set myself a plan for accomplishing a set of drawings I had been planning to embark on and had my head down in the studio. This time around I am taking time for learning through being within this place as well. Along while ago I did a course on the plants of Tasmania and since then I comeback to learning about them when ever I can. They feel like old friends. At the moment many of the native grasses are in bloom and I have been taking the opportunity to learn more about them, the long stems of the kangaroo and wallaby grasses are nodding with seed and the native cherry is beginning to fruit so I am drawn back to the cherry trees to collect from them each day.
My practice for a long time has circled around my curiosity for plants, I find they speak volumes about our attitudes and ideas and I often use this as the initial point to pivot upon in developing a work. This week I am pulling a few of the local plants into the studio to influence the making, drawing and thinking. All with a gratitude for the space of generous professionalism thatSimon and Victoria have developed here.
The Summer season of brunches has started at 1450. Each month we host a gathering of friends, neighbours and colleagues for a bring-a-plate Sunday brunch. The season began with live D-Jango-esque music from local musicians Tony, Alan and Diane. If you are in the neighbourhood give us a call to get the 2018/9 summer schedule.
Ridgeline Pottery, together with ALL THAT WE ARE and The Australian Ceramics Triennale are excited to offer an opportunity for two emerging potters / ceramic artists to be part of a wood firing mentorship residency at Ridgeline in the lead up to the Australian Ceramics Triennale event in May 2019.