During my residency at the Boyd Education Centre (BEC) at Riversdale, I was invited by Bundanon Trust staff to be one of three new ambassadors for the prestigious Artist Residency Program.
The Bundanon property consists of the Bundanon Homestead and the Riversdale site where the BEC is situated. The properties total 1,100 hectares of bush land close to the Shoalhaven River near Nowra on the New South Wales south coast. In 1993 Arthur & Yvonne Boyd gave the land over to the Federal Government. Much of Arthur’s work was inspired by the landscape and he fought tirelessly for the opportunity to share this creative environment with the wider Australian artistic community.
The Australian Government established the Bundanon Trust, with the Artist in Residency program developed in 1997. Up to 90 residents a year take part in the program, staying in individual studios and cottages and Bundanon and at the BEC with purpose-built accommodation for large groups of people.
I have been an artist in residence on two occasions (2011/2013) and will frequent Bundanon over the next three years to work on the Bundanon Trust Local Project : Movements in the Landscape.
The other two artists who have been invited to represent Bundanon as Ambassadors are William Barton who is an award winning musician and visual artist, Brenda L. Croft.
This is such an honour and I take great pleasure in fulfilling my role as an ambassador during the next three years. I look forward to supporting other artists with different life experience who are interested to be part of the Bundanon framework. Bundanon has the capacity to really change people’s life direction.
Click here to go to the artsHub website for an article about this appointment.