Upcoming artists in residence: Karin Mainwaring and Michael Ramsden

Karin Mainwaring, Rehearsing "Whatever Happened to Deirdre Wheeler…?" 2013
with Kate Hood and Tas Dimitrakakis at Rex Community Theatre Daylesford, photo by Jade McCuthceon 

Karin Mainwaring is a writer and Michael Ramsden is a painter - this creative couple live in Tambaroora near the old mining town of Hill End, West of Bathurst, inland New South Wales.

Michael Ramsden, Shed midwinter afternoon, Buckley's View Hill End Road, 2011
Acrylic, oil and shellac on canvas. 168 x 121 cm

Living where we do, in our Ghost-town of Tambaroora, we are coastal exiles. You transform when you go the sea and we plan to maximise the transformative experience. We are great walkers and “lookers”. At Gunyah we’ll spend many hours exploring and photographing the area. We’re both keen to hunt out any old, unusual dwellings that may exist in the area. Michael on the search for images to add to developing series of  Landscapes where empty buildings  feature. Me, for atmosphere, to feed the dialogue I need to develop my coast-based play “Dead People are my only Love”. I am also keen to use the opportunity this presents to research a visit the Dancer, Lola Montez, made to Hill End with a view to a possible future script.
Karin Mainwarning, Gunyah AIR proposal

Karin Mainwaring, Trentham Victoria

Karin Mainwarning grew up in the badlands of Adelaide. She trained as an actress, at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Her playwriting credits include Binge @ Griffin, The Rain Dancers and Stiffs at Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company. She is the only Australian playwright to have work performed by La Comédie-Française. Karin's work is characterised by the darkness of its humour and the verbal fluency, cruelty and violence of her language. 
You can find out more about Karin and her work at deirdrewheeler.blogspot.com.au 

Michael Ramsden, Serpentine Creek, Tasmania, 2003
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 101.5 x 213 cm

Michael Ramsden was born in the southern Sydney suburb of Caringbah and grew up in Port Hacking Bay. He been a painter for nearly his entire life. Michael has had numerous shows, solo and group, in England, Germany, America and Australia. His work is included in many private and public collections including a, 6-panel ceramic work, “River Odyssey” which hangs in the Members’ Hall at Parliament  House, Canberra. You can see more of Michael's work at michael-ramsden.com/index-eng.html

Michael Ramsden