Gunyah artists-in-residence for 2015 announced

Gunyah waterfront at high tide

Thank you to all the artists who applied to the 2015 residency program. Twenty-five applications were submitted, so the reviewing process was competitive as there are only eight places in the program. Artists from four states with a range of collaborations, family and solo projects have been selected. Their practices include: sculpture, installation, new music composition, children's books writing and illustrating, arts administration, painting, drawing, arts writing, curating and performance art.

Bonus Card: Kent Wilson & Lucy James, VIC
Sculpture and installation collaboration

Kate Moore, NSW & Netherlands

Sculpture and drawing 

Pablo Brown: Judith Martinez & Craig Billingham, NSW
Children’s books collaboration, writer & illustrator

Arts administration & painting


Curator & arts writer

Performance artist

Applications for the 2015 program have closed

Thank you to all the artists who submitted applications for the 2015 Gunyah artists-in-residence program. You will be individually contacted by the end of December and then a list of 2015 Gunyah artists in residence will be posted here.

Gunyah jetty

Applications are now open for the 2015 program

Visual artists, writers, composers, performance and new media artists, curators, designers, arts administrators and other creators are welcome to apply for solo, collaborative, family and group residencies. 

The Gunyah 2015 AIR program will run from March to November, with seven residencies each lasting eleven days.

Please read About Gunyah before applying. Please note there is a residency fee of $360 for eleven days or part thereof, and you'll need your own vehicle to access Gunyah and the North Arm Cove area. 

To apply email Kath (Gunyah AIR co-ordinator) 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 300 words) - please do not send CVs
  • Website url link for each artist (where possible) 
  • Visual artists: attach up to 3 jpeg low-res images of artworks per artist. Include an image list with artist name, title, date and medium/materials for each work 
  • Other artists: attach up to 3 low-res jpeg images relating to projects you've worked on i.e. catalogues, exhibitions, publications, performances, book launches, etc
  • In order of preference list three possible dates between March and November (eleven days: Monday to the following Friday week), or if you are flexible with dates please list three months in your order of preference

The selected artists' proposals and images will be posted on the Gunyah blog before each residency commences.

For more information please see 
or contact Kath,

Applications close 30 November 2014

All artists will be emailed about the success of their applications by 31 December

Sally Adair: artist-in-residence October 2014

Sally Adair, Play with tracing paper, Gunyah 2014
Gunyah was such a blissful experience and a rare opportunity to combine a golden trio of family, art practice and relaxation time. We arrived, we unpacked and spent the entire time in this lovely place except for one brief outing to stock up on supplies.

Sally Adair, Cutouts, Gunyah 2014

Everything we needed was at Gunyah – a jetty to swim and fish off, a dingy to explore the surrounds by water, the perfect window seat and balcony to work, muse and read by and not to mention the light rich studio space below. Time slowed down a bit and I found myself being quite productive, having time to chill and play lots of games with the family.

Sally Adair, Ella and Tsuma, Gunyah 2014

The record player and vinyl were a hit and have inspired us to replace the stylus on our own. Queen’s ‘Killer Queen’ struck a particular cord with the kids.

Sally Adair, Holly with moon rise, Gunyah 2014

The weather was fantastic, not to mention some spectacular moon rises. What a wonderful legacy Gunyah is… and the lack of technology was a real bonus! It’s so important to have dedicated creative time and space especially when family can be involved too. Thank you Kath and the Gunyah crew for providing this opportunity!

Sally Adair, October 2014

Sally Adair, Balcony view, Gunyah 2014

You can find out more about Sally's practice here and on her website

Sally Adair, Gunyah at night, 2014

Jo Grant and Sandra Winkworth: September artists-in-residence

Jo Grant and Sandra Winkworth, Bowerbird watercolour, Gunyah 2014

Our time at Gunyah was so valuable and conducive to playing with ideas and making work. We talked so much about future projects and concepts and the atmosphere made it very easy to concentrate on our individual projects. Despite the beautiful surroundings, we barely made it out of the cabin, there was so much to do and inspiration was abundant. It was an incredible gift to be able to dedicate time and space to the practice of art. This is what Gunyah gives its artists in residence, time to focus amongst surroundings that inspire and relax the mind.

Jo Grant and Sandra Winkworth, Paper installation, Gunyah 2014

Jo Grant and Sandra Winkworth, Paper and window installation, Gunyah 2014
Jo Grant and Sandra Winkworth, Paper and window installation with wallaby, Gunyah 2014

In particular, at Gunyah we were able to further develop our upcoming collaborative installation in regional Victoria, which will be exhibited in December. We live in different states so the opportunity to come together and consolidate our ideas and processes for the project was wonderful and productive. A big thank you to the Fries family and Gunyah for making it possible.
Jo Grant
September 2014

Jo Grant and Sandra Winkworth, Watercolours and research, Gunyah 2014

For further information about Sandra's and Jo's practices, see Sandra’s blog Jo’s website, and you can read more about their collaboration here.

Jo Grant and Sandra Winkworth, Gunyah September 2014

S.A.Adair: upcoming artist-in-residence

S.A.Adair, Grail, 2013, felt, 108 x 200 cm

S.A.Adair is a Canberra based artist who exhibits nationally. She completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours in Sculpture in 2010 and since she's been awarded an Art Start Grant from the Australia Council, the North Sydney Art Prize Emerging Artist Award, the Goulburn Art Prize and more recently the CAPO Emerging Artist Award. Sally has recently exhibited in Something Familiar at the M16 Artspace, Canberra and was included in Strand Ephemera 2013, an outdoor sculpture event in Townsville QLD.

Blaze Eight - gallery view, 2014, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT
S.A.Adair, Ocular, 2014, felt, 300 x 280 cm
S.A.Adair, Contagion, 2014, felt, 300 x 700 cm

My work explores the metaphysical potential of objects and materials, and the interplay these elements have within a particular environment. I am interested in the way reinvention of found material and an intuitive construction of form are able to draw on aspects of my internal/mental space and lead to the creation of a type of ‘psychological landscape’ within a given environment. Forms and ideas are generated through experimentation with process where chance and errors have an integral part to play in the development of my work. Working in a site-related manner, I use the sense of space and location to influence the final construction of my installations. I work within both a two and three dimensional construct, blurring the boundary between the two as a means of integrating both my drawing and sculptural interests. I like to think that my work functions as an undercurrent, a murmuring - whispering to the viewer and encouraging subtle reflections of self, space and environment.

 S.A.Adair, Ocular, 2014, felt, detail view

This residency at Gunyah will be an opportunity to focus on the drawing side of my practice, develop a body of drawing images and trial some processes for some future sculptural work. I’m interested in having a dedicated time period for this investigative stage where I can draw on the sounds, light, shadows and forms of a natural environment and use these as a means of creating abstracted imagery. Gunyah would provide a wonderful opportunity to access the natural environment and work in a dedicated creative space. I’m also interested to see how far I can develop my wall based drawings through the use of transparencies and projections informed by this setting. Line work forms the basis of my sculptural practice so I would also be looking at these drawings as a means of suggesting new approaches to object making through the exploration of line, form and space.

S.A.Adair, [ em ]brace, 2013, felt, 150 x 150 cm 

You can see more of Sally's work on her websites 

Belinda Smith and Dan Plummer: artists-in-residence August 2014

Plummer and Smith family drawing, Gunyah 2014

After a busy year juggling the demands of our growing design practice and our young family we were looking forward to our visit to Gunyah and a brief shift in focus. With no client or technical constraints this was a time to simply observe, to document in sketch and photograph and to involve our young children in the process. 

Plummer and Smith family drawings, Gunyah 2014

We arrived after 2 days of travel from Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales with great anticipation. 4 year old Martha and 2 year old Edith were keen to explore the place just as Dan and I were. Our days were filled with expeditions to the jetty for fishing and rock hopping along the shore, a bush walk, drawing and craft time in the afternoons and evenings, reading books and looking out for the wallabies and birds.

Plummer and Smith, Gunyah rain, 2014

The trees have such a strong presence at Gunyah. The bush setting, the natural landscape where wallabies and birds are welcome, the house of timber and the wood fuelled fire keeping us warm in the rainier days. The trees blew about in the wind, dripped with rain, blossomed with wattle and gave us shelter and shade.

Belinda Smith

Belinda Smith, Gunyah trees, 2014

We bought with us a book called ‘A manual on Drawing Trees and Foliage’ to add to the Gunyah library and a set of letter punches which I was unsure why I packed. As we started to settle into our wooded environment these seemingly disconnected things formed as an idea of a site specific artwork. With my letter punches in hand I headed out into the forest surrounding Gunyah and tapped out part of the books introduction onto the smooth trunk of a Eucalypt. 
“Imperceptibly trees wince at a coming blow and stretch themselves in the rising sun
Dan Plummer

Plummer and Smith, Gunyah fishing, 2014

Through the lens and a landscape architects eye - a series of frames that depict the texture and ambience of our stay at Gunyah.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Plummer and Smith, Gunyah wattle, 2014

You can see more of Belinda and Dan's work at and read their Gunyah proposal at

Plummer and Smith, Gunyah lines, 2014

Jo Grant and Sandra Winkworth: upcoming artists-in-residence

Jo Grant, Bottles (site specific installation), 2012, tea towels and pva

Jo Grant and Sandra Winkworth are artists who often work together but since they live in different states, their collaborations usually take place via post. Sending an artwork back and forth, Jo and Sandra each add to it in turn, which eventually results in a final collaborative piece. They also email each other, sharing feedback and consultation on the solo aspects of their practices. Their residency at Gunyah will add a new dimension to their collaborations - this time creating work together in the same space.

Sandra Winkworth, Line-up (Pardolotes 1873 – 1891), 2012, 
mono print concertina on aquarelle paper

At the heart of both our practices is a desire to represent the significance of pristine places and sustainability of endangered species, through deliberate choice of materials, medium and imagery. Gunyah will allow us a special opportunity to be in the same place physically - as opposed to previous collaborations that have been long distance - an exciting proposition for us both. Our work incorporates nature and the reuse and recycling of materials and will be particularly focused on celebrating native birds. The bush land at Gunyah will be a direct resource for the work made during the stay.

Sandra Winkworth, A Story Beginning with the Letter B, 2012
dry point, etching, inkjet, acrylic, found art paper cut offs and found objects

Sandra Winkworth is an artist based in Sydney, she works across printmaking, painting, drawing and installation. Since graduating with a BVA Honours from Canberra School of Art, ANU in 1995 Sandra has exhibited extensively with solo, selected and invited group exhibitions in Australia and the 2013 Impact 8 Printmaking Conference in Dundee, Scotland. Sandra has been awarded a biannual Manly Library Artist Book Award, Port Fairy’s Biblio-Art Prize and the Greenway Art Prize, Sydney. Recently Sandra was an artist in residence at Portland in Victoria and Pop In Space Leichhardt, NSW. 
You can see more of Sandra's work at

Jo Grant, Next Morning, 2012, Found paper, books, thread

Jo Grant is an artist based in the Victorian coastal town of Port Fairy. She works in mixed media, fibre arts, and photography; and graduated from RMIT in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to complete a Master of Visual Art in 2004 at Griffith University, Queensland. Last year Jo was part of the Craft Victoria - Craft Cubed festival with a site-specific installation, Out of the Drawer. Recently she presented her work Vessel at Branch3D in Sydney; published a book of her photographic work, All Prize Winners Paraded; and curated a project in her home town, Home Show: smalls involving nine artists across three states.
You can see more of Jo's work on her 

Yvette Hamilton: artist-in-residence July 2014

Yvette Hamilton, Writing, reading and contemplating place, 2014

As an artist my work is centered around an exploration of place and being. Thinking, writing and making work about place in such a place as North Arm Cove gave unexpected and very interesting insights.

Yvette Hamilton, Outlook Drive, 2014

North Arm Cove was, in the past, going to be the site of ‘Port Stephens City’, a potential site for the Nation’s Capital. The land was subdivided up in 1918, with grand plans of major development. Look up North Arm Cove on Google Maps today and you’ll see a bird’s eye view of what looks to be a well-planned bustling town. Street names such as City Crescent, Outlook Drive and Harper Loop are not immaculately kept thoroughfares as they appear online, but rather bushy fire trails, where the bustling comes via the hordes of wallabies rather than people and traffic.

 Yvette Hamilton, The bustling intersection of Crest Road and Outlook Drive, 2014

The marks made upon the land are being slowly etched away, as evidenced in the blank street sign above. The effect is at once unsettling and peaceful, like a cross between a post apocalyptic landscape that nature has reclaimed, to a place at the verge of something.

Yvette Hamilton, Afternoon explorations, 2014
The residency at Gunyah is something of a rarity, with many residency opportunities as a parent to a young child, are either impossible or impractical. The opportunity to combine work with family was a very positive experience, and almost surprisingly productive. I made good use of the downstairs studio space to create a line between ‘holiday house’ and ‘work space’, and I think that the collective energies of the artists who had used the space before me helped to focus my attention. The days soon fell into a rhythm – up early to work, a pleasure when the view out your ‘work window’ is of bush and water, and then late afternoon walks to explore, and play at the water’s edge. The main interruptions of the day were the almost constant streams of wallabies (or wobblies as my son called them) hopping past the windows. What I imagine was always a truly special place to the families and friends that built it, Gunyah is now enriched by the creative people that inhabit it during the winter months. I feel blessed to have been one of them.
Yvette  Hamilton, July 2014
Yvette Hamilton, Gunyah studio, 2014

To see more of Yvette's work go to her website and you can read her residency proposal here 

Belinda Smith & Dan Plummer: upcoming artists-in-residence

Belinda Smith, Faraway Here, 2013, custom porcelain tiles, (detail view)
Helensvale Library and Community Cultural Centre, Gold Coast City Council

Plummer and Smith is a design studio in Murwillumbah, northern New South Wales. This is a husband and wife team, with landscape architect, Dan Plummer, and public artist, Belinda Smith, working together to undertake a diverse range of projects across these fields. And supplementing their design practice, always, is their interest in art.

Belinda Smith and Dan Plummer

Outside their project based work, Plummer and Smith have also collaborated on a land art project with the nomadic artist-run-initative Tarpspace, designed furniture for urban use and are currently looking at developing some play elements for public settings. 

Belinda Smith, Lightness of Air, 2009, cast aluminium, 2009
One Airport Drive, Brisbane Airport Corporation

Belinda’s art practice focuses on ceramics, textiles, and how vernacular landscapes can inform or be represented and appropriated in art. Belinda has been commissioned to create public artworks in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong. She has also exhibited in galleries such as Artisan in Brisbane, Kick Arts in Cairns, the Tweed River Art Gallery, the Textile Arts Centre in New York and Noosa Regional Art Gallery. Belinda is a member of the Norther Rivers Design Advisdrory Panel and sits on the Byron Shire Council Public Art Advisory Panel.

Dan has been working as a landscape architect for many years, bringing considerable experience to the design, delivery and management of wide range of landscape projects. He is a regular contributor to university architectural programs through the architectural design studios at Bond University and the University of Queensland. Dan is also a member of the Northern Rivers Design Advisory Panel, providing expert independent, pro-bono advice to local communities with the intention of improving the quality, and awareness of design in the built environment.

Dan Plummer, Cleave, 2013, furniture proposals 

We draw inspiration from our surroundings and from making, experimenting and observing. Our residency at Gunyah will be an opportunity to dedicate a block of time outside our project work to expeirimenting, drawing and exploring. We're looking forward to gathering, discussing, interpreting and investigating our discoveries and impressions of the natural setting at Gunyah. As a husband and wife team, we juggle our design practice around our young daughters who are two and four years old. Visiting and staying at Gunyah with our children and away from our domestic life will be a productive and fruitful experience for the whole family.

Plummer & Smith, Studio drawings and prototypes, 2013

For more information on Plummer and Smith go to their website