Susan Hill, local Artist, Curator and Teacher has commenced her residency this month at the Arts Centre, focused on two distinct projects over the next six months.
Exploring themes of what it means to be female, Susan’s photography-based project has a working title of XX, to represent the female chromosome. Inspired by the landmark mid-70’s photo book “Gowing up Female” by Abigail Heyman, Susan’s work has been ongoing for the past seven years and will culminate in a photo book featuring girls, women and non-binary females.
Susan is also currently training be to be a hypnotherapist and holds a particular fascination with trees and their ties to spirituality. Taking inspiration from First Nations peoples around the world and their connection to trees, as well as their wisdom and unique healing properties; Susan has developed and will lead guided group tree meditations in the grounds of FAC that are open to the public. Susan’s meditations run every 2nd Friday during term time. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Susan holds a BA (Visual Arts) from the Canberra School of Art and an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster, England. She has had work featured in prominent exhibitions in Australia, England, Italy, Germany and the United States.
We are delighted to welcome Ingrid Lyons from Dublin, a contemporary art writer with a special interest in folk traditions via music, who is currently developing several works of fiction. Her artist in residence project will look at the histories of marginalised individuals and groups through remnants of folk expression.
The colonial and institutional history of Walyalup/Fremantle and the Arts Centre itself will play a part in her research around oral narratives and musical collaboration. Ingrid will perform a musical/spoken word performance inspired by the local history and folklore of Donegal at Kidogo Arthouse on Sun Oct 1st (details below) as well as various talks and workshops throughout her residency.
Lyons is a regular contributor for some of Ireland’s leading arts publications including Visual Artists’ News Sheet and Mirror Lamp Press. She has written for numerous galleries, art institutions and individual artists in Ireland as well as internationally. Lyons wishes to develop and distil a writing practice that includes fictional literature and immersive research practices such as collecting oral narratives and musical collaboration to complement more traditional academic research methodologies.
Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) & Incheon Art Platform (IAP) Artist in Residence Reciprocal Exchange Recipient.
Following a competitive application process Susie Conte was selected as the inaugural WA artist for the FAC IAP exchange program and will take up her 3-month artist residency in South Korea from September 2023.
Susie Conte is a PAWA award nominated performance artist, theatre director and producer who specialises in the adaptation of classical works and myths into new feminist works for performance. Conte is best known for producing and directing textural, magnetic and visceral female centric shows through her theatre company Tempest.
Conte is a PhD doctoral candidate at WAAPA and a graduate of WAAPA’s Directing Program (2018), holds an MA in Classics from Birkbeck University London, as well as a BA in Italian from University College London.
Conte has experience working with major independent companies in Perth, including the Blue Room, WAYTCO and Black Swan State Theatre Company. She is a teaching artist at WAAPA and John Curtin College of the Arts and an was Artist in Residence at Perth College in 2022.
Images: Susie Conte in Monstrous Woman 2021, photography by Meagan Welsh