International residencies inspire South Australian artists

Christeen Tenni-Smith, Demise of Mother Nature - photo by Ji Xiao TongFor the first time in Kaleidoscope history, ten South Australian emerging artists will be exhibiting artworks inspired by residencies from all over the world at the Light Square Gallery from Wednesday 18 July 2018.

After months of engaging with the rich cultural history and art practices of Jingdezhen, Rome, Glasgow, London, New York, Canberra and Alice Springs – graduates from the University of South Australia and Adelaide College of the Arts will be coming together to showcase the work inspired by their time away.

The residencies, supported by the Helpmann Academy, have proven transformative to these artists, with jeweller Marissa Ziesing (UniSA graduate) saying that her six-week residency with the Center for Metal Arts (CMA) in Warwick Valley New York opened her eyes to new career paths.

“As well as gaining new skills that have broadened my practice, this residency gave me first-hand experience of the possibilities, parameters and challenges of working and running a large-scale metalworks studio,” said Ziesing. “Now an endeavour I am keen to pursue as a career goal.”

The works presented will showcase a variety of mediums including ceramics, printmaking, photography, glass, video installation and jewellery from artists Michael Carney (Royston Park), Kristen Coleman (Cumberland Park), Sophie Green (Goodwood), Kate Power (Goodwood), Abby Rawson (Unley Park), Christeen Tenni-Smith (Croydon Park), Karlien Van Rooyen (Athelstone), Zoe Woods (Westbourne Park), Emmaline Zanelli (Largs Bay) and Marissa Ziesing (West Lakes Shore).

Ceramicist Christeen Tenni-Smith (UniSA graduate) said that the residency in Jingdezhen, China taught her new techniques that have advanced her practice.

“My practice was expanded as I was taught by various Masters about how to use different under-glazes; over-glazes; throwing techniques; blue and white traditional painting techniques along with carving and handling of different clay bodies,” she said. “Also, the artists I met there demonstrated a massive drive and determination to fulfill their artistic practices and this has motivated me immensely.”

The residencies were all supported by the Helpmann Academy through a variety of programs such as grants, fellowships, and the Helpmann Academy’s British School at Rome and China and India Residency programs.

Light Square Gallery – Adelaide College of the Arts, Light Square, Adelaide
Exhibition: 18 – 27 July 2018
Free entry

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Image: Christeen Tenni-Smith, Demise of Mother Nature – photo by Ji Xiao Tong.jpg