Applications for 2013 Gunyah artists-in-residence

Applications for the 2013 Gunyah artist-in-residence program are currently open. Applications close: 30 November 2012

The 2013 program will feature a one or two week residency each month, from March to October. Visual artists, writers, composers, performance artists, curators, new media, arts administrators and other creative types are welcome to apply.

Please read all the information "About Gunyah artist-in-residence program" before applying. And please note that there is a residency fee of $220 per week (or part thereof) and that you'll need your own vehicle to access the North Arm Cove area.

To apply email Kath with:
  • Your contact details: name, phone, email, postal address; (select one contact person for collaborations and groups)
  • What you plan to do during your residency (max 200 words)
  • Bio and artist statement for each artist (max 200 words)
  • Url link for each artist (where possible)
  • Visual artists - attach up to 3 jpeg images of artworks per artist. Include an image list with artist name, title, date and materials for each work.
  • Other artists - attach a jpeg photo of yourself  
  • In order of preference list three possible dates between March and October 2013. Either with a start date and end date - start on a Monday and end on a Monday, or start on a Friday and end on a Friday. Or if you are flexible with dates please list three months in your order of preference.

All applicants will be notified in January 2013 regarding the success of their application. The selected artists' proposals and images will be posted on the Gunyah blog after the artists have been confirmed. 

Applications close: 30 November 2012

Please email Kath with any questions about your application.


Port Stephens Diary of Natural Events - November

An extract from Michael Smith's "Port Stephens Diary of Natural Events"


Most birds start to moult.
Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike are in abundance.
Crane flies emerge.
Baby Echidnas are 10 cm long and become too spiky for the pouch.
Dingo pups, aged 4 months, make their first outings into the outside world.
Whales are seen heading south.
Lacewings hatch.
Angophera costata sheds its bark.
Blueberry Ash starts flowering.
Prawns wait for rain to go to sea.
Trigger plants are now common.
Young magpies are being fed.
Wood-swallows nest after migrating south.
Blue Flax Lily has purple fruit.
Flying Duck Orchids abound.
Apple Berry and Lobelia gibbosa are in flower.
Sugar gliders leave the nest for the first time.
Antechinus babies ride their mother's back while she goes hunting.
Crimson Bottlebrush is in flower.
Broad Leaf Geebung fruit drops to the ground.
Scribbly Gum sheds it bark.
Flying Ants swarm on a hot day.
Stink bugs appear on Lemon Trees.
Galahs have their annual moult and their young become independent.
Red Jellyfish appear in the waters of Port Stephens.
Baby foxes are born.
Hungry Noisy Miner chicks chirp from the trees.
Red Ichneumon Wasps are common.
Quaking Grass grows its seed head.
Phascogale young are free to roam about.
Gulls moult their primary feathers
Eastern Rosella young are out of the nest and demanding to be fed.
Muttonbirds lay their eggs on Broughton Island.
This is a good time to collect seeds from the bush.
Grasshopper plagues begin.
Butcherbird young hatch.
Scribbly gums are in flower on Gan Gan Hill.
Antechinus babies are independent.
Wild Parsnip is in flower.

Michael Smith, 1999

Shuffle Shuffle, Gunyah 2012, 
Thomas Hungerford, Kate Brown, Anastasia Freeman, Michelle Genders, Robin Hungerford and Renee Oldfield

Caelli Jo Brooker and Andy Devine: artists-in-residence October 2012

Andy and I participated in the Gunyah artist-in-residence program in late October 2012, looking on it as an opportunity to share a creative resting place. We came to the residency with plans for using our time towards existing exhibitions, but once there we were inspired to use the Gunyah setting as a starting point for new work instead.

Caelli Jo Brooker, Gunyah studio diary, October 2012

We didn't have to go too far for subject matter... I found myself translating the shapes of boat hulls, rope, aerial views, landforms, strands of seaweed, and clustered organic objects as macro and microcosmic parallels were revealed between local lines and forms. Andy recorded the shapes, silhouettes and shadows of the landmasses viewed across the water, and we combined our interpretations in collaborative painted panels and drawings. Printing plates were made for combination and resolution in the print room at a later stage, and pages were made for an artists' book. Once we found ways to integrate our contrasting approaches, this collaborative process became a significant outcome of our studio time at Gunyah, and we hope to exhibit the resulting work in the near future.

Andy Devine, Gunyah studio diary, October 2012

Gunyah itself is a real treat nestled in the bush, with views through trees to the water and plenty of retro architectural charm. The location affords unique opportunities for both social and solitary time and Andy and I spent time exploring the waterfront individually before the weather suggested we move back inside to the shared studio space. Here, away from work and distraction, we spent most of our studio time making and un-making each other's work in to new configurations, as we arranged and rearranged and passed painted panels back and forth. When our families joined us on the weekend, Gunyah was perfect for sharing meals and conversation around the big dining table. We very much appreciated our opportunity at Gunyah - to escape, experiment and explore making work in such a wonderful location.
Caelli Jo Brooker, October 2012

Caelli Jo Brooker and Andy Devine, Gunyah collaborative works in progress, October 2012

Caelli Jo Brooker and Andy Devine first became friends when they shared a studio during their post-graduate fine art studies at the University of Newcastle. Since then they have worked together on many projects as gallery committee members, curators and exhibition participants. They planned to use their Gunyah residency to build on this, strengthening and maintaining their artistic connections, to collaborate on work and recreate their supportive studio atmosphere for generating ideas, discussion and critique. For more information on Caelli's practice please see and for Andy's practice  see 
To read their Gunyah residence proposal please click on this link