The AiR program supported five professional Tasmanian artists to take up residence in five selected Tasmanian schools throughout the first term of 2013.
Andy Vagg is a visual artist who works as an individual artist and with communities exploring the limitations of post-consumer materials and the unsustainable use of resources. In 2013 he has been the artist in residence at Claremont College where he acted as curator, provocateur and mentor, working with the students to develop and install their work for a public exhibition at the Arts Tasmania 146 ArtSpace.
Ross Byers was the artist in residence at Hellyer College in Burnie. Ross is a visual artist who produces both large-scale ephemeral cardboard sculptures and small works in clay. Through his residency Ross was building a number of small-medium scale, modular clay sculptures for an exhibition at Devonport Regional Gallery in August 2013. As part of the program Ross and the students participated in a pop-up art studio in a Burnie shopfront.
Pip Stafford is and emerging visual artist who was located at Hobart College. Pip is the recipient of the 2013 MONA scholarship and used her residency as research and development time to experiment with growing crystals and building circuits for electronic sounds as part of her MONA exhibition. Pip was also working on the preparations and production of Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits, an exhibition and series of performances and workshops presented at CAST Gallery through June 2013. Pip shared her practice with students through having an open studio and giving professional artist talks to students and staff.
Nancy Mauro-Flude is a performing artist and network media designer. Her work is commissioned, exhibited and performed in Australia, UK, Europe, North/South-America and Asia. Whilst in residence at Rosny College, Nancy created and installed work for an exhibition for the 10 Days Festival whilst also developing and curating a satellite event, ‘Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits’ for the International Symposium of Electronic Art, in conjunction with CAST. These projects offered students and staff insights into Nancy’s professional arts practice.
Dylan Sheridan is an emerging composer who was the artist in residence at Launceston College. Dylan was focusing on instrument design and developing his programming skills to create prototypes for instrument building. Whilst on his residency Dylan was also developing material for a number of collaborative projects as part of the Dark MOFO festival. He had an open studio, engaged with individual students and groups through talks and workshops and presented a public performance at the conclusion of his residency.