08/26/14

Ann Thomson | Reims Residency

Ann Thomson has just returned from three months working in the city of Reims, France. Immersing herself in the French culture and way of life, Thomson worked everyday in her studio producing inspired gouache on paper and acrylic on linen works. Thomson’s works will be exhibited at the soon to be complete Jacquart Museum in Reims.

Born in Brisbane in 1933, Ann Thomson has been exhibiting since 1965. After studying under the renownded Australian expressionist, Jon Molvig, Thomson moved to Sydney to study at the National Art School, then called the East Sydney Technical College. In 1978 Thomson was awarded a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Thomson has subsequently been an artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2006. In 1998 Thomson won the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Wynne Prize. In 2002 she was awarded the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, and in 2005 was the Kedumba Drawing Award. Thomson lives and works in Sydney.
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07/26/13

Luke Sciberras and Sophie Cape | China Residency

Luke Sciberras and Sophie Cape have sent through some beautiful snapshots of their trip to China as a part of the Australia China Art Foundation Fellowship Programme. The programme, which places artists in studios across China, aims to foster awareness and understanding of both Australian and Chinese culture and values. The residency will culminate in each artist exhibiting their works in 2014 at the ACAF project space in Melbourne. If these photos are anything to go by, the resulting exhibitions will be an absolute must see.

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06/29/13

Nicholas Harding returns from his Paris residency at Moya Dyring Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts

The Residency:

Since its opening in 1965, the Cité Internationale des Arts has accommodated more than 18 000 artists from all over the world.  The residency provides space for professional artists who want to develop an artistic work in France.The Cité Internationale des Arts is a foundation directed to the public benefit since 1957. Its founders include a large number of States, schools, institutes, universities and ministries from close to 50 countries all across the world. Three of its historic founders and key partners are the City of Paris, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nicholas Harding, discusses his recent trip to Europe in light of his residency:

“I’m basically ‘feeding my head’, looking at wonderful things, drawing from works in art museums, sitting in cafes and drawing people. Since returning from a visit to London a week ago I have been getting sitters into the studio for portrait studies in watercolour and gouache. Have to work quickly – they take about 3 hours to do. The corner aspect of the studio on the 2nd floor provides a wonderful light and outlook. The room’s ambiance is a fabulous catalyst for these sessions.”

Read more in Art Writer, with Elizabeth Fortescue.

Nicholas Harding painting in his Paris studio

Nicholas Harding painting in his Paris studio

Nicholas Harding, Portraits from Paris

Nicholas Harding, Portraits from Paris, watercolour & gouache

Nicholas Harding, sketch

Nicholas Harding (study, ink on paper)

 

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