AiR: Kudos Studios

Artist in Residence Program at 125 Anzac Parade

"We are together online on unceded Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and the Ngunnawal people who are the traditional owners of the land Arc AD, Kudos and AD Space share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to elders, past, and present, and acknowledge that this will always be Aboriginal land. Take some time to find out whose land you are on"

Overview

Since 2012, Arc’s Artist in Residence Program (AiR) has offered an annual artist residency in Fowler’s Gap, far West New South Wales. Through intensive week-long residencies, artists have engaged with the striking desert landscape of UNSW’s Arid Research Station.  

Arc @ UNSW Art & Design and Kudos Studios have proudly revitalised the format of this year’s AiR program. In 2021, our Artist in Residency program will consist of a four-month studio residency at Kudos’ pop-up location at 125 Anzac Parade.  

AiR: Kudos Studios will give 5-6 people the opportunity to access studio spaces free of charge! The AiR: Kudos Studios package includes access to private studios, a foyer chill space, and storage areas. 


Covid 19 Contingency Plan 

Sometimes life throws a spanner in the works.

That’s why AiR: Kudos Studios has pivoted to a dynamic digital/ studio residency. We understand that resilience and flexibility are vital to our arts communities. During the lockdown period, AiR participants will still be able to access support through online hangouts, workshops and collaborative peer-to-peer feedback sessions.  

Empowering the Arc @ UNSW Art & Design community is at the heart of our activities. AiR’s digital program provides the unique opportunity for participants to connect and collaborate with one another, voice their needs and shape future AiR offerings.   

Please Note: Once lockdown restrictions have eased, AiR participants will be required to undertake Return to Campus Covid 19 training before accessing studio spaces.


Ethos 

Through AiR: Kudos Studios, artists have the freedom to take risks, form community and make experimental work. Arc and Kudos’s intention is to facilitate a collectively self-sustaining art ecology. Our artists will be supported support by the studio space and each other. In return they will sustain and maintain the space.  

AiR: Kudos Studios operates as part of the Kudos Offsite program. Participants have been independently selected by the 2021 Kudos Committee.


About the Location 

Kudos Studios is located in 125 ANZAC Parade occupying a former real estate agents office and once tutoring small business. Kudos studios present a front exhibition space for resident artists visible to the public 24/7 through street view shop front windows. 

In total there are five studios available each with access to power. The studios on the Todman avenue side have windows for daylight, while the two on the inside wall of 125 do not have street windows. All studios range from 1.8m x 2.6m, to 2m x 2.6m refer to floor plan for dimensions. Each studio is equipped with a desk chair, trestle table and desk caddy for small storage. 

At the back of 125 ANZAC parade is a bathroom accessible for visitors and artists, and hang out space / tea room for resident artists. The tea room is equipped with arm chairs, a toaster, kettle and stocked with tea for resident artists. Throughout 125 ANZAC parade is a combination of concrete and gyprock walls, carpeted flooring, and a paneled office ceiling with fluorescent lights.

Meet our 2021 AiR Residents

Gabrielle Chantiri

she/her

Gabrielle Chantiri is an emerging writer and artist. She is currently researching wallpaper and auction houses. 

Geirthana

she/her

Geirthana is working on Eora. Caught between the shores of Tamil Eelam and Sydney. Her practice investigates her notion of identity, relating herself to her environment, both spatially and culturally. Wrangling conceptual ideas to create documentative, often time-based works rooted in photography, sculpture and performance. 

Geirthana

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Imogen Ruberg

she/her

Imogen is a cross-disciplinary artist currently living and working on Bidjigal and Gadigal land in the Eora nation. She works at the intersection of the creative and scientific knowledge frameworks and is interested in using art making as an attempt to better understand and engage with place. Above all else Imogen enjoys the process of art making. Imogen considers her practice a form of research where any work is a work in progress and is just a new iteration of what has been learnt, read and engaged with inside and outside the studio space. 

As a recent graduate of B. Fine Arts and Science, majoring in sculpture, spatial design and geography, Imogen is fascinated by the potential of interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration between people working within different knowledge frameworks, in particular in the context of landscape and environment. She is curious about exploring the art making process as a way to engage with community within an Anthropocene context. Working within the field of expanded sculpture Imogen's practice moves between mould making, casting, sound and installation. Guided by material process and engagement with site Imogen works in a space that allows individual contemplation of landscape and the collaborative sharing of ideas. 

Lachlan Bell

he/him

Operating and working on Wallumedegal land, my work integrates analogue and digital techniques across textiles, design, video and installation often exploring critique surrounding traditional notions of diasporic identity through remixing, re-contextualising, and rewriting familial and communal histories. Through the use of unreliable chronology, discomfort and antagonistic materiality, my works often explore the relationship between material legacies and their ability to hold multiple connotations simultaneously. Drawing inspiration from archives, scientific documents and from objects that emerge out of communal labor, my works often engage with the politics of authentic practice alongside the ephemeral and deeply personal nature of memories and the act of remembering. 

Lachlan Bell on Instagram

Lisa Myeong-Joo

she/her

Lisa Myeong-Joo combines personal narrative, material and gesture into installation, performance, and text-based work. Her conceptual approach considers how meaning is made and transferred between the body, place and culture. As a Korean adoptee raised in Australia, Lisa continues to cultivate an expanded performative practice to embody the intercultural tensions, interconnections and flow unique to the South.  

Lisa is a recent Fine Arts Honours graduate from UNSW and has recently exhibited in Hatched at PICA, and group shows at AD Space and Firstdraft. She has undertaken residencies in South Korea and India, and also has a Bachelor Degree in Interior Spatial Design from UTS. 

Lisa Myeong-Joo

Lisa Myeong-Joo on Instagram


Mika Benesh

he/they

I'm an artist / writer / designer working on unceded Gadigal and Darug Country. Broadly speaking, I trace relationships between cultural institutions, spirituality & theology, archives, queer / trans lives & movements, and white supremacy. Across my practice, I'm interested in catching a small hold of many Jewish futures. 

I facilitate emerging & marginal Jewish ritual practices through Judaica-object design. As well as writing, I work in jewellery and object design, graphite, zines, print and book making, and textiles. At the moment I'm making protective amulets, and experimenting with beeswax, bioplastics and clay as prospective materials for producing small runs of my object designs. 

I was a Finalist of the 66th Blake Prize earlier this year. Some spaces, organisations and publications which have presented my work include AIRspace Projects, the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the National Association for the Visual Arts, Tributary Projects and Runway Journal. Most recently, I was a New Voices Fellow in partnership with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. 

Mika Benesh

Mika Benesh on Instagram


Nolan Murphy

they/them

Nolan Ho Wung Murphy is a Hong Kong Australian artist working across photography and ink painting; they are currently based in Sydney on Dharug country. As a child of a migrant, their work takes inspiration from their heritage and concerns itself largely with the in-between spaces of cultural and racial borders. This emerges in their practice through black and white film photography of their ink paintings on coastlines and sand dunes, crafting illusions of bodies and landscapes.

Guided by Trinh T. Minh Ha’s phrase “between a dog and a wolf”, their work seeks out the in-between, ambiguity, metamorphism, and voidness.Here they seek to imagine the fluctuating cultural space where many migrants and marginalised communities find themselves;so much of their work reflects this liminality.


Nolan Murphy on Instagram

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