The National Artist in Residence Program provides Australian artists residing outside of the Northern Territory the opportunity to further develop their work while located in Alice Springs. The residency period of five weeks, from 22 August to 23 September, encourages the development of a specific project of artistic enquiry inspired by the region.
Artback NT’s National Artist in Residence for 2016 is Tobias Richardson whose work centres around drawing, painting and sculpture, created using locally sourced and found materials. Having spent time in Utopia as a teacher, Alice Springs and its surrounds hold a special place for Tobias, who is represented by local Alice Springs gallery, RAFT artspace.
With themes around memory and human intervention underpinning his build environment subject matter, Tobias’ intended work will revisit ideas formulated 20 years ago, creating new versions of work made in Utopia in the late 1990s.
Click the below images to enlarge – these were taken by Jo Foster at the Central Australian Art Society Art Shed in Alice Springs where Tobias’ studio is located for the duration of his residency.
Visual artist Roland Souliere was invited to take up the inaugural residency in 2013. Souliere works across painting, sculpture, installation, photography and most recently, collage. She has participated in studio residencies both nationally and internationally.
Wooden Indian from Wagga Wagga series, 1 of 15, collage on Fabriano paper, 2012, 35cm x 67cm (approx). Image used courtesy of the artist.