Annemarie Murland is an internationally exhibiting artist and researcher who previously lectured and tutored (9 years) in the undergraduate and postgraduate program at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.
Annemarie’s area of speciality is the practice of abstract painting and drawing. Annemarie shared her knowledge and experience in her workshops “So You Think You Can’t Draw”. In these workshops the students developed their material knowledge and learnt the ABC’s of drawing using experimental drawing strategies.
During the residency at Box Hill, Annemarie continued her research into exploring the material capacity of the traditional drawing surface using the local landscape and its material identity as a departure point for making new experimental works of art.
Melanie works with text components, video and installation strategies to display her extensive personal photographic archive; within these images she investigates the meanings of memory, loss, longing, absence and the complexity of time.
For her project ‘All the Gardens I Could Find’, Melanie focused on exploring the relationship between the garden, the archive and memory. She invited the garden and art lovers of the community to come forth and partake in the project by reflecting on their ideas of the garden, drawing on their own experiences and memories. The conversations and interviews between the artist and participants contributed to a new video work ‘Garden, Memory, Archive’ which was screened as part of her solo exhibition at Blindside ARI in November 2016.
Melanie completed a Master of Fine Arts (Coursework) at RMIT University in 2010. She has exhibited her work extensively in Australia and internationally. She is co-founder of The Australian Thai Artist Interchange (ATAI), a cross cultural exchange organisation and part of the collectives Concrete Post and Eye Collective.
Visual and community artist Melissa Peacock’s residency involved workshops ‘Drawsome’ for adults with a disability who wished to celebrate, develop and continue to explore skills in drawing. The artwork from ‘Drawsome’ formed an exhibition that was showcased in the BHCAC gallery.
Melissa has worked as a community arts worker and coordinator of an arts and crafts studio in Edinburgh.
Growing up in the Pyrenees region of Victoria on a sheep and wheat farm, Melissa’s work explores the idea of sharing spaces in rural and urban landscapes.
Melissa also engaged with the wider community to create PomPom Sheep. These sheep contributed towards the National Wool Museum’s Guinness World Record of the ‘Largest display of handmade sheep’.
Julienne is a visual artist who works with watercolours, acrylics, gouache and inks.
Julienne has a Diploma of Fine Art (Painting) RMIT, a Trained Technical Teachers Certificate and a Therapeutic Massage Certificate.
“I’m passionate about painting. My style is naturalistic, with subjects from life and imagination. I work in oils most of the time using semi-transparent layers as I develop the painting. Fruit and flowers are my favourite subjects although recently I have returned to painting portraits.”
‘Then and Now’
As part of her residency Julienne developed a community art project working with Whitehorse Schools and Residential Ages Care Facilities.
The aim of the project was to foster understanding between generations. Students were invited to meet and get to know senior citizens, write about an aspect of his or her life and paint or draw a portrait. Primary students met residents from Regis Inala Lodge and secondary students befriended residents from Regis Lake Park residential aged care facilities.
“Over the year as Artist-in-Residence at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre I grew very appreciative of ‘The Loft’ studio. It has been somewhat like a second home. It is the first time as an artist that I have had the benefit of a separate and dedicated place to work.
After a year of endeavour it was lovely to be able to share my work with others. There have been many encouraging comments.
Producing the thirty paintings has been very rewarding and also challenging. Along the way I have needed to solve many technical and design problems. I feel that I have refined my vision and gained in artistic confidence. I aim to bring images to life that could not otherwise exist so that others may share my joy and fascination with form and colour I can thoroughly recommend the experience of being Artist-in-Residence in the supportive atmosphere of Box Hill Community Arts Centre.”
Tina Alesi was very excited to be a part of the Box Hill Community Arts Centre and creating art with the community. Tina created the “Wishing Tree Project” based on the hopes and dreams of the Box Hill community.
“I look forward to working with the community of Box Hill to create this very special work. Hopefully we all see how deep down we all want the same sorts of things, love hope and acceptance, etc… it’s a great thing to see in this day and age.”
Classes for the project ran in the school holidays aimed at children and families. Tina also worked with other groups within the centre, throughout the year.
Tina’s art practice consists of painting, collage and installation. Tina loves colour and playful expression of paint. Geometry features a lot in her work and the underlining need to express happiness through colour is her aim. The meaning of her work incorporates the contrary elements of human desire and how truth can become lost in the commercialization of society. The “Wishing Tree Project”, was a part of that research.
Tina studied Art at RMIT and then completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Education at Monash.
Vanessa is a Glass and Ceramic Artist, who specialises in kiln cast glass and ceramic slip casting techniques. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass, from Monash University, which she completed in 2008.
During her time at BHCAC, Vanessa enjoyed exploring and developing the use of ceramics in her practice, and enjoyed connecting with the diverse range of artists and community groups who are at the Art Centre.
Vanessa was involved in creating ceramic art and slip casting workshops for different groups within the community. Vanessa encouraged members to seek inspiration from their lived experiences and local surroundings, with a project based on the idea of casting everyday found objects.
Vanessa’s own work is very much concerned with the everyday, spatiality and exploring states of mind. She is inspired by the unexpected beauty, horror and whimsy that can be found in the most ordinary and banal of places, and seeks to create work that is intimate and drawn from domestic life.
The Loft studio was Nikita’s artistic hideaway for 2011. She spent much of her time developing a community arts project to help celebrate the Box Hill Community Arts Centre’s 21st birthday. Nikita worked with the members of the community to explore past and present imagery and create an artwork which was exhibited as part of the centre’s birthday celebrations in October.
Nikita specialises in charcoal drawing as well as paper-cutting and textiles. While working in The Loft studio, she created a series of artworks that were exhibited in the BHCAC gallery and other venue’s across Melbourne.
Nikita studied fine arts in Mildura until 2006, through Latrobe University before moving to Melbourne to study with the Melbourne Institute of Experimental and Creative Arts in Therapy. She also spent several months of volunteering in central Australia at the Warlukulangu Art Centre in Yuendumu, Northern Territory. Nikita has experience in community arts in north and west Melbourne through The Centre in Errol Street, North Melbourne.
In 2010 Judy was completing her Master of Fine Arts at RMIT University two days a week. Judy also has a BA Fine Art, Diploma of Visual Arts and Diploma of Stitch and Studio Textile. Judy’s main focus in the arts is Multimedia – painting, installation and patchwork.
As part of resolved works for her BA Fine Art course. Judy was involved in group works at galleries, organising Christmas programs, children’s puppetry and a live performance.
During her residency Judy worked with women’s issues and the building of self worth through usage of art (painting) and craft (patchwork) which were exhibited at BHCAC.