Copyright © Rosa Mar Tato Ortega

December 2017

From one wetland to another..the birds are calling for my return..

Given my last Commission was at Saltwater Community Centre, and research at Cheetham Wetlands crucial to its artistic outcome, I am excited to have set up my studio at Coolart Wetlands & Homestead, Mornington Peninsula.

You will be able to find me at the "Artist In Residence' Studio space next to the Homestead, an 87-hectare Crown Land Reserve preserved for education and conservation purposes and managed by Parks Victoria.

During the six-month Residency, sponsored by Parks Victoria, I am planning to produce and present a new body of site-related works which explore and encapsulate the meaning and significance of Coolart, Somers and the local community. A component of my practice involves community involvement.

Community Involvement

Gaining a ‘sense of place’ is the focus of my intention to engage with the Somers Community, and I am inviting people to visit the studio space and bring with them important objects and collected items relating to Somers, (anything that has significance or has importance) your own unique reason - photographs, maps, found objects, objects gifted or made in Somers. Your stories too, are also important.

I am dedicating some Friday mornings for such conversations and ask that you make a free booking for these small gatherings.
Bookings are essential.
Limited to 5 people per session.

This month's sessions have been set for Friday, December 8th and 15th from 10.30 – 12.00pm. Keep checking the above link for further dates.

I also intend to run a series of workshops starting early 2018 related to ‘How to start a Visual Diary.. ‘Captivation and Inspiration’. It will be centered around the unique qualities of a contemporary visual diary. Conversations and examples both of artist’s diaries through time and contemporary visual diaries will be presented.

An exhibition of work made during the residency is planned in April/May 2018.

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On July 14th, 2016, 'Not So Silent Witnesses (Wetlands)' was launched at Saltwater Community Centre, a stone throw away form the world renowned Cheetham Wetlands.

Artistic and sustainable' best describes Wyndham City’s newest community facility. It was nominated for four awards at the recent Victorian Architecture Awards and won two categories, the Sustainable Architecture and the prestigious Melbourne Prize.