For ten years, through its bespoke residency programme, the Sidney Nolan Trust has given high calibre and emerging artists, composers and musicians the opportunity to develop their work and to engage with the work of Sidney Nolan and with that of others artists.
This has proved to be very thought provoking, stimulating and has led to the creation of exciting and experimental new work. In this way, the programme has played host to a growing diversity of artists from China, Australia, Japan, Poland, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, Macedonia, Austria and the UK.
The Sidney Nolan Trust believes in the value of the artistic innovation and experimentation that is nurtured through our programme and the resulting dynamic cross fertilisation of ideas, new work and fresh approaches. It generates a cascade of excellence, providing opportunities for participation and engagement for the diverse audiences who come to the Trust. We know from experience how great an influence it can be for the artists and how great an impact we can have on the experience, understanding, knowledge and thinking of our audiences.
Whilst the Trust does not have fixed expectations for work that arises from the residencies, we encourage artists to explore ways in they can engage with the public to share their ideas and their work in progress as a positive way of developing the relationship between them and their audience.
Our residencies create opportunities for regional and rural audiences, emerging artists, students and young people (especially from neighbouring urban wards with high indices of social deprivation) to engage with artists and their work.
Eternal Place : Creative Space was the fifth artist residency programme delivered at the Sidney Nolan Trust and took place across 2016 - 17. It built on the successes of previous multi-disciplinary programmes run at the Trust and encompassed artists working with music and sound sculpture, landscape sculpture and installation, print, painting, live art, ceramics, performance, drawing, digital work and film.
Funded by Arts Council England, Eternal Place : Creative Space successfully continued the upward trajectory of the programme as it builds relationships with an array of new artists, partners and visitors to solidly establish the Sidney Nolan Trust as a much needed resource and a beacon for artist development and exchange.
The opportunity to work in a place that has those essential characteristics of an eternal landscape, incorporating historic communities and the marks of thousands of years of human endeavour, is something to be especially valued and is clear from the programme feedback that participating artists found this impacted considerably on the way they thought and developed their artistic practice.
The ambitions of the Eternal Place : Creative Space programme were to grow the residency programme’s reach, reputation and impact nationally and internationally; working in partnership with participating artists to firmly establish the programme as a core tool for artistic development, learning and exchange.
The programme aimed to deliver four high quality multi-disciplinary, collaborative residencies for sixteen international and emerging artists who require inspirational spaces to experiment, develop new ideas and work in the rural setting of The Rodd. The residencies enabled space for artists to experiment, innovate and engage with their contemporaries and supported the production of new work, either individually or collaboratively.
The programme also enabled regional and rural arts audiences, emerging artists, students and young people (especially from neighbouring urban wards with high indices of social deprivation) to engage with the artists and their work through an associated programme of studio events, master classes, workshops, lectures, filmed and published materials and an evolving showcase of work.
Eternal Place : Creative Space participating artists were:
- Thomas John Bacon
- Anne Bean
- John Biddle
- Professor Rod Bugg
- Rachel Bunce
- Vanley Burke
- Abigail Conway
- Professor David Ferry
- Eleanor Field
- Shaun Gladwell
- Kate Green
- Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva
- Caroline Horton
- Celia Johnson
- Masakatsu Kondo
- Allison Neal
- David Noonan
- Natalie Ramus
- Amy Sharrocks
- Renee So
- Eiko Soga
The final residency of the Eternal Place:Creative Space programme, Lines in the Landscape, developed effectively into a pilot study for a future five year programme, entitled EartH.
EartH will connect the arts and sciences in an exploration of how our environment affects our culture and us and how true knowledge and sympathy with our landscape, technology and food production is essential to the health and wellbeing of society. In the unique environment of The Rodd, collaborations between artists, scientists and communities will provide exceptional opportunities for the creation of new ideas, ways to communicate, works of art and public engagement.
The programme will explore the natural materials of The Rodd, from stone to wood to water to soil to fire to the air that we breadth and provide a cumulative understanding through creativity and art of the human relationship to the place where we live. It will seek to develop understanding of how we influence our environment and how that environment influences us, the relationship between where we live and who we are. It will also explore the relationships that people have with a place based upon their level and nature of involvement and hopefully build understanding of differing cultures, different lifestyles and beliefs, differing ways of looking at the world, and contribute to our understanding and appreciation of each other.
Of course the programme will be based upon the combined experience and interchange of artists in residence but this we hope will lead to new ways of seeing our environment, both art and science led, and the ability to value the place where we live and care for it both practically an aesthetically. EartH is founded upon the beliefs that great art should be a part of everyone’s lives and that tremendous benefits can be achieved in terms of mutual understanding and appreciation when lives are shaped by valuing creativity.
It builds relationships with an array of new artists, partners and visitors to solidly establish the Sidney Nolan Trust as a much needed resource and a beacon for artist development and exchange.