Gunyah artists-in-residence program provides low cost self-contained accommodation for solo, collaboration, group and family short term creative residencies for visual artists, writers, composers, designers, curators, new media and performance artists.
Sophie at the beach, July 2013, photograph by Helen Hopcroft
First of all, profound
gratitude for letting me stay at Gunyah. Sometimes you don’t realise how stressed
you are until a quiet space in your life comes along. As soon as I walked into
this house, the weight began to lift.
In terms of work, my
most productive time was at night, sitting by the fire, after my daughter
(Sophie) went to sleep. I’ve been working on a novella and something about
Gunyah brought a new clarity to this writing project. While there is still a
lot of work to do, I have a clear sense of where it’s heading, which is
invaluable. I’ve gone from having a mess of ideas to an organised narrative
The sensual stuff:
~ Best fish and chips
at ‘Hook n’ Cook’ run by local fisherman ‘Smasher’. I’m curious about how he
got his moniker, but didn’t like to ask.
~ Happiest shop award
goes to the Tea Gardens Ice Cream Shack. The tiramisu gelato is decent and the
staff are sweet.
~ The Cornerstone
Kitchen in Tea Gardens has a coffee/cake happy hour for $4, and I think it runs
between 2-3pm, just when the blood sugar starts to tank.