Creative Recovery and Resilience Residencies

Creative Recovery and Resilience Residencies

Residencies take place: October 2021 – May 2022

In 2021-22, the University of Canberra (UC) and Belco Arts have partnered to deliver Creative Recovery and Resilience Residences in Digital Innovation and Cross-Sector Engagement. The program models distinct ways to cultivate long-term relationships and professional development, which can have an enduring impact on participating artists and organisations. 

The Residency Program supports the ACT creative sector by strengthening cross-sector networks and building capacity through skills and knowledge exchange that fosters life-long learning for both artists and host organisations. 

Piloting an Artist in Residency model centred around practices of care and attention to building and maintaining generative relationships, rather than accelerated productivity, five artists have been awarded positions within this inaugural program:

Zora Pang | Emerging Creative Producer   

Zora\Linyi Pang is an organiser and a creative producer whose practice aims to care for the creative communities she is in and contributes to the process of making creativity accessible and well resourced. Her recent collaborative projects included #Water_Voices (on-going since 2019) and Wǒ-in-process (wǒ[我]: I, me) (2020). Zora works collaboratively or collectively, and sees supporting, resourcing, documenting, organising, facilitating and reflection as part of her creative process.

Website: zorapang.com

Zhi | Artist in Residence: Digital Innovation (Emerging) 

Zhi is a poet and multidisciplinary artist based on unceded Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri country. They are one half of the collaborative poetry and sound project known as 莎瑜 (ShaYu); and author of the award-winning collection of poetry, blur by the. Zhi’s work draws heavily on food, sensuality and media.

Website: chamzhiyi.info

Melanie Lane | Artist in Residence: Digital Innovation (Mid-Career/Established) 

Melanie Lane is an Australian choreographer and performer of Euro/Javanese heritage. She has collaborated with artists from film, visual art, theatre and music, creating works that tread between performative forms and contexts. Her independent work has been presented at international festivals and theatres in Europe. USA, Indonesia and Australia. 

Alongside her independent work, she has been commissioned to create new works for Chunky Move, Sydney Dance Company, West Australian Ballet, DanceNorth, Australasian Dance Collective, Schauspiel Leipzig, LOFFT Leipzig, HAU Berlin, Nagelhus Schia Productions Norway and choreographed for English National Opera’s ‘Salome’ directed by Adena Jacobs. 

Melanie’s collaborative work extends to visual artists Bridie Lunney, Ash Keating and Martin Böttger, and video artists Amos Gebhardt and Leyla Stevens amongst others. 

As a performer, she has worked with artists such as Tino Seghal, Arco Renz, Eun Me Ahn, Club Guy and Roni, Antony Hamilton and Lucy Guerin. 

Photo: Barbara Dietl

Miriam Slater | Artist in Residence: Cross-Sector Engagement (Emerging) 

Miriam (they/them) is a Canberra based Queer interdisciplinary artist working primarily with theatre, comedy and live art. With an Honours in Visual Arts from the Australian National University, their work is often concerned with Queer identity, representation and community. They have won numerous Fringe Awards with their comedy duo Sweaty Pits, as well as Little Dove Theatre Art’s 2019 performance of Evangeline. They have performed and directed nationally and internationally, most recently working with Brisbane’s physical theatre company Zen Zen Zo.

Their current practice aims to explore identity and performance activism through combining digital media and live performance art.

Kirsten Wehner | Artist in Residence: Cross-Sector Engagement (Mid-Career/Established) 

Kirsten Wehner is an Australian relational artist/designer, cultural producer, curator and writer. Her practice centres on collaborating with human and non-human communities to create art installations, speculative designs and participatory experiences that celebrate, sustain and transform people’s connections to and care for natural environments. Current projects include walking investigations of urban drains/creeks and imagining co-living structures (habitectures) for people and insects.

Kirsten holds an MA in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and a PhD in Visual Anthropology from New York University. She has produced independent and commissioned public interventions in Australia, the UK and India, and worked extensively as a curator and multi-media maker. Kirsten is the co-Director of Propagate Studio, a multidisciplinary environmental arts collective and Director of PhotoAccess. She has held residencies at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, and the Australia-Pacific Observatory of Humanities for the Environment at the University of Sydney. Her most recent publication is the co-edited/co-authored Living with the Anthropocene: Love, loss and hope in the age of environmental crisis (New South Books, 2020).

This project is part of the ACT Government’s Creative Recovery and Resilience Program.

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