Penny Dunstan: Gunyah residency exhibition

Penny Dunstan is exhibiting a series of 60 photos she created whilst artist-in-residence at Gunyah in March 2012.  

Through a glass darkly, 6 – 23 June 2012. 
POD space: 401 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300

Penny Dunstan, Through a glass darkly - images drying, 2012

Penny used the Van Dyke photographic method and printed the images on prayer book paper. The Van Dyke photographic method is an early photographic printing process - named because of the similarity of the print color to that of a brown oil paint named after Flemish painter Van Dyck.  

Penny Dunstan,  Work in progress - oyster shells on prayer book paper, Gunyah April 2012

Penny was unable to see how the photos had turned out while she was at Gunyah, the exposure process gave very little away - as you can see in the above image. But Penny said that she was happy with the results she developed when she got home. From the images I've seen I think it will be a beautiful exhibition so visit Podspace if you're in the Newcastle area in June.

To see more of Penny's work go to her website

Michelle Brodie: artist-in-residence April 2012

Michelle Brodie, working at the waters edge in front of Gunyah, April 2012

My first days were spent at the water’s edge, a short stroll from the studio.  I liked drawing the mountain opposite the house, Fame Mountain, if my map reading serves me.

Michelle Brodie, working at the waters edge in front of Gunyah, April 2012

I was fascinated with the water for days and boats filled with families and fishermen, holiday-makers and boat owners.  I made many drawings and watched and watched the tide swallow up the rocks. It rained after a time, which prompted a move inside and studio painting using the drawings from the waterfront. 

Michelle Brodie, working in the Gunyah studio, April 2012

The studio looking out to the boats and water was one of the chief delights of Gunyah and influenced how I used my time and the work I created. 

Michelle Brodie, Gunyah night-time watercolours, April 2012

I painted 40 wood panels at Gunyah, a series of watercolour drawings by night, as well as drawings by the water. The wood panels will be shown at a Newcastle ARI gallery in August 2012.

Michelle Brodie, Gunyah painting i, April 2012
Michelle Brodie, Gunyah painting ii, April 2012

Gunyah house has to be one of the loveliest settings for art practice; stylish, private, comfortable and surrounded by trees inviting contemplation.
Michelle Brodie
Gunyah artist-in-residence
April 2012

Michelle Brodie, Gunyah studio, April 2012

To see more of Michelle Brodie's work have a look at her blog

Gordon & Madeleine K Snow: upcoming artists-in-residence

Husband and wife team, Gordon & Madeleine K Snow, plan to use their residency at Gunyah to reinvigorate their creative life...

Madeleine K Snow, Study in Pink and Blues, photograph

As busy yet creative parents it is rare to have an opportunity to focus on art making and art writing - our residency at Gunyah would provide stimulus for that. As we surface for air now that the children are no longer preschool age, we aspire to have more time to explore our artistic pursuits at Gunyah and into the future.

Gordon Snow, Anzacs, painting

Gordon Snow is a painter, sculptor and installation artist. Rarely without a sketch book in hand, Gordon has recently been working on a series of portraits based on images of ANZACS.  He has an abiding interest in the environment, climate change, and alternative energies.  Based in suburban Newcastle, he’s a keen planter of trees and this residency, in Gunyah’s bush setting, will provide an opportunity to refresh and inspire his works.  Whilst at Gunyah he plans to work on a series of sketches with a view to creating a suite of paintings.

Gordon Snow, Lismore Hills, painting

As well as being an artist, Gordon works part-time as an Emergency Room Doctor at Maitland Hospital. He completed a Masters of Art through UNSW College of Fine Art and in 2003 had a residency in Paris at the Cite Internationale des arts. In 2004 he exhibited in Sculpture By the Sea and later in Marrickville City Council’s Chrissie Cottier Gallery.  Between exhibitions and hospital work, he has been raising children and home renovating; ironically submitting his work The Great Australian Deck for entry in last year’s Sculpture by the Sea (but it didn’t make it!).  His work is held in private collections nationally.

Gordon Snow, Garden - work in progress, drawing
Madeleine K Snow currently teaches art history through the Hunter TAFE Newcastle Arts School and also writes art education resources for online delivery.  Previously Madeleine has worked for the AGNSW as a teacher lecturer and the MCA in museum education.  She has produced education resources for a range of galleries including Campbelltown Arts Centre C’Town Bling, DLux MediaArts The Garden of Forking Paths and Face to Face, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Anita amongst others. Whilst at Gunyah Madeleine plans to draft a children’s book, with the help of the creative and vivid imaginations of Louis and Hannah Snow aged seven and five.

Madeleine K Snow, Nasturtiums, painting
Madeleine has over ten years arts industry experience beginning as a Teacher Lecturer at the Art Gallery of NSW and Museum Educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1997.  She was the Curator Education & Public Programs across the two venues of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) and Liverpool Regional Museum (LRM), and prior to that Education Officer at Penrith Regional Gallery & the Lewers Bequest.  At CPAC and LRM she worked on community cultural development projects and public relations within the position of Audience and Media Manager. Currently she teaches at the Newcastle Arts School Hunter TAFE and works in a freelance capacity as writer art education resources, editor and artist advocate.

Madeleine K Snow, Untitled, watercolour

For more information about the art practices of Gordon and Madeleine K Snow please see and Madeleine K Snow's new pop-up gallery