Since 2011 I've been running the Gunyah artists-in-residence program at North Arm Cove, in Port Stephens NSW. The program has now gained considerable momentum thanks to the enthusiasm and encouraging responses from participating artists, and the positive support of Gunyah's member/owners.
I was a toddler when Gunyah was built, as a fun weekend project and holiday house, by my parents and their friends. This group still own, manage (via the Gunyah Board of Directors) and maintain the property; and their friends and families continue to enjoy holidays there. I love escaping to the tranquility of Gunyah, each visit feels restorative and nurturing for my art practice. In 2010 I suggested to the Gunyah Board that other artists might enjoy using the property during the quiet off-season times. The following year Gunyah artists-in-residence program was trialled and it has continued successfully since then.
Gunyah AIR is currently calling for applications for the 2014 program. Visual artists, writers, composers, performance artists, curators, new media, arts administrators and other creators are welcome to apply for a solo, collaborative or group residency. The 2014 AIR program will run from March to October, with one residency per month, providing low cost self-contained accommodation at Gunyah in the quiet village of North Arm Cove, overlooking the gentle waters of Port Stephens. For more information on how to apply please see www.gunyah.blogspot.com.au - applications close 30 November 2013.