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Studio Program

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Fremantle Arts Centre’s Studio Program offers artists from all disciplines the opportunity to explore and develop works and ideas. In this artist-led program, artists are matched to one of our beautiful studios best-suited to their practice for set periods of one, three, six or 12 months and join a welcoming, innovative, diverse and collegiate artistic community.

Applications for our 2023 Studio Program open in June 2022

To find out more about the Studio Program contact Bevan Honey.

Bell Palmer, A good picture is equivalent to a good deed, 2022, pigment on canvas, 122 x 92cm. Image courtesy the artist

Bell Palmer, A good picture is equivalent to a good deed, 2022, pigment on canvas, 122 x 92cm. Image courtesy the artist

Current Studio Artists

Yabini Kickett (WA) is a descendant of the Kickett and Hayden families of the Bibulmun/Nyoongar Nation. Growing up with an artist and poet mother, as well as a photographer and land conservationist father, her practice is heavily rooted in language, endemic plants, family, totemic relations and found objects from Country. Currently Yabini is experimenting with ceramics, textiles, and found objects, with a focus on animal remains from hunting and road kill. The resulting works are often about place and the solastalgia associated with the destruction of Country. Follow Yabini on Instagram | Studio 1

Belle Palmer (ACT) has been interested in creating drawing machines that engage viewers to contribute to a collective artwork. After many pandemic identity crises, Belle has rediscovered their practice as an experimental/spatial drawer. They are exploring ways to make their work more accessible, using humour to explore fake ‘academic concepts’ inspired by celebrated white male artists (Vincent Van Gogh, Monet etc.) by creating a prototype drawing machine made with vibrating sex toys. Follow Belle on Instagram | Studio 2

Sofie Burgoyne (WA) is an artist with a background in dance and choreography who feels home by the Ocean in Walyalup / Fremantle and Lisboa, Portugal. Sofie gestures towards and works with culture and community, performance, creation, collaboration, curation and teaching. Sofie has a special interest in body-based, live performance, where ways of being in the world can be felt, examined, rehearsed and critiqued. In 2021, Sofie completed a Masters in Choreography with a specialisation in New Performative Practices at Stockholm University of the Arts and previously completed a Graduate Diploma of Art in Public Space at RMIT University (2019) and a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2006). Recent artist credits include a curatorial role for ‘Rehearsing the future’ at Contemporary Art Tasmania, authoring a publication ‘Red Sandstone’ for A Published Event’s ‘Lost Rocks’ project as well as the choreography and staging of ‘Close Encounters’ for Pope Alice at Dark Mofo 2021. Studio 3

Jessica Miller (UK/WA) is a feminist artist from the UK investigating concepts of gender roles, sexuality and the effects of past trauma on the present self, and fine-tuning creative methods in the mediums of sculpture, drawing, painting and photography. Follow Jessica on Instagram | Studio 4

Encounter Theatre (WA) is an ensemble theatre company based on Noongar Boodja in Perth. Highly physical and political, ambitious and experimental, Encounter explores big and relevant ideas of our time through intimate human stories. Follow Encounter Theatre on Instagram | Studio 5

Richard and Yoshiko Gunning (WA) share a studio. On one side, Yoshiko sifts through boxes of dried flowers preparing her delicate sculptural installations. On the other, Richard develops a series of paintings for an upcoming exhibition. Studio 6

Ron Bradfield (WA) is a saltwater man from Bardi Country, north of Broome who now calls Whadjuk Boodjar (Perth) his home. A storyteller and a maker of things; he has worked in and around the arts across remote, regional and metropolitan Western Australia for 15 years, often supporting the development of artists as they explore the ways in which they can grow and share their creative practices. Follow Ron on Instagram | Studio 7

Avi Amesbury (NSW) will experiment with found materials, sound and ceramics, examining her families’ past as one of the first settler families to arrive in rural Quairading, who were given free land lots while First Nations People where driven from their land. With her Self Reconciliation Project, Amesbury will explore how one personally reconciles issues surrounding land dispossession by engaging in the difficult conversations around conflict, abuse and racism. Follow Avi on Instagram | Studio 8

Hannah Maling (WA) will work with stained glass to explore our relationship with WA’s coastal and inner landscapes by incorporating found organic elements from field trips around the state. At the core of Maling’s residency, she’ll work with hot and cold glass working processes to manipulate light, glass and lead. Follow Hannah on Instagram | Studio 9