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Perennial Residency is an ambitious project that will see Art Farm Birchs Bay undertake its artist-in-residence program, hosting four ecologically-focused artists as studio residents over one calendar year. The aim of this program is to support four D’entrecasteaux Channel-based artists to create new work on the site of Art Farm: a regional arts not-for-profit, gallery, and venue located across a 100 hectares of working farm and native bushland. Artists will receive fees, venue support, marketing support, and documentation for the development of a new idea situated at Art Farm.

For the period of one year, four artists will be supported to undertake three-month, paid creative developments of new work on site at Art Farm. With an open brief, and access to studio space, outdoor space, tools, and expertise, this time is intended to foster rigorous thinking and making amongst the unique social and biological ecology of Art Farm.

Perennial Residency has been developed in response to the needs of our artists, our community, and our venue, who need year-round public opportunities to make, share, and experience art together.


Caitlin Fargher (b.1995)

Caitlin Fargher is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculptural installation and curating. Based out of Good Grief Studios, and living near the bush and rivulet in Kingston, her work is created through an embodied practice that explores histories, sites, ecologies and memories.


Thomas Friend (b.1987)

Thomas Friend is an emerging Tasmanian creator, teacher, activist who typically works by carving and creating with Tasmanian timbers. He has been working with local timbers since 2018, carving spoons and making sculptures. Since 2021 he has held a studio at Good Grief. The wild places of Tasmania inspire him to create and protect.

Ian Johnston (b. 1952)

Ian Johnston was a full-time professional ocean racing skipper for 11 years and 150,000 sea miles. He is holder of numerous race records, boat builder, teacher, timber worker and sailing coach. He now spends his time in creative pursuits, using his boat-building experience to create wooden artworks that push the limits of physics and spark playful interactions with audiences and the environment.

Caroline McGregor (b.1966)

Caroline McGregor was seduced by the practice of sculpture whilst studying at the National Art School in Darlinghurst where she completed her MFA in 2017. Influenced by the insistent materiality of the minimalist sculptors, she creates steel sculptures and botanic works
that speak of both the expressiveness and the composure of geometry whilst intentionally referencing architecture and the act of construction.

Our next Perennial Residency is TBA.

For further information or questions, contact Loren Kronemyer, Art Farm Birchs Bay Coordinator.

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