2018 China and India Residences

Jul 25, 2018

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Helpmann Academy is excited to announce that four emerging South Australian artists will be participating in residencies in New Delhi, India and Jingdezhen, China in 2018.

Kate Bohunnis, Natalie Penney and Jemima Lambell, all Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA/Flinders University) graduates, will be heading to New Delhi, India for the Sanskriti Kendra Residency in September.

The six-week program offers artists the opportunity of immersing themselves in Indian culture in an environment that supports and encourages their artistic practice – while exposing them to the techniques and artistic expression of contemporary and traditional Indian artists.

Printmaker and installation artist Kate Bohunnis is looking forward to expanding her practice in a new environment.

“Being granted the luxury of time to focus on my thoughts and processes in a new environment is not only incredibly strengthening, but rare. It is essential to continuously challenge your practice, introducing new information, thoughts and techniques. Therefore, altering the environment that your practice usually exists in, is a must.”

Geoffrey Mitchell (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA/ Flinders University) graduate) will be heading to China for the Jingdezhen Residency in August, where he will spend six weeks at The Pottery Workshop.

Considered by many to be the ‘porcelain capital of the world’, Jingdezhen is an area steeped in centuries of ceramic practice. This intensive residency program offers artists a profound experience of Chinese culture, and access to technical knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation over the past 1700 years.

Jeweller Geoffrey Mitchell is excited about learning from these masters of ceramics, in a place full of tradition.

“Jingdezhen is the ideal place for me to go to continue my journey in the art of ceramic decoration – outside of what is familiar to me and among the masters of a tradition that is centuries old. I have been looking for way to stretch myself, expand my creativity, to learn something new – this was perfect.

Now in its sixth year, Helpmann Academy’s popular international residency program is supported by the Macquarie Foundation and designed to enrich the work of emerging South Australian artists by exposing them to different cultures and arts practices.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Picture: Miniature bottles 2018 by Geoffrey Mitchell (photo by the artist).