Residencies, Studio practice, upcycling, workshops

The Coal Loader: industrial artist studio residency 2018

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This week I begin a ten month artist residency at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability at Balls Head, Waverton in Sydney. A beautiful industrial site overlooking Sydney Harbour and situated next to HMAS Waterhen, it’s a tranquil, lush and inspiring place to work and explore.

If I don’t get too distracted by the views.

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I’m looking forward to exploring the industrial remnants and history of this unique site that serves as a much-loved community resource, in what has to be one of the most incredible locations for an artist-in-residence studio. The industrial features are everywhere – even the studio floor.

I’ll be working with old, used fabrics and other materials, reflecting on the influences of the site’s industrial and commercial history, its surviving architectural elements, and the juxtaposition with its current use.

There will be a public program including a monthly open studio and several workshops throughout the year, so the public can pop in for a chat and see what I’m working on, or learn some new skills if so inclined.

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Here’s a link you might be interested in with some details of the site. In a future blog I’ll add another link to the public programs page when the workshops and open studios have been finalised.

So drop around and say hi, and check out the community vegetable gardens, beautiful harbour views, great cafe (opposite the studio) and the chicken coop.

And don’t forget all that rust, those evocative tunnels, and that crumbly wharf – all begging to be photographed and explored.

 

 

 

North Sydney Council are gratefully acknowledged for the provision of the Coal Loader Artist Studio.

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Inspiration

A walk along The Goods Line

A walk along the recently completed Goods Line in Sydney on a hot and sunny afternoon….. Fantastic, rusted industrial relics dotted along the walk from Ultimo Road to Darling Harbour. There’s nothing like some rusted industrial history to get some inspiration fizzing.

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Some of the old signalling levers have been kept, and the tracks have been made into pathways and native gardens.

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Wander right past Frank Gehry’s UTS Business School building and enjoy the ambience (although I can do without those yellow metal seats that must heat up like soldering irons in the sun). The pockets of gardens are lovely though, as are the clusters of shady trees.

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A fantastic addition to the city – opening up a section of Sydney that reveals new views of built and working environments.

Have you walked the Line yet?

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