Artist in residence

Artists in Residence

The Tactile Arts Artist in Residence program is the longest running Artist in Residence Program in the Northern Territory.  It supports artists and artisans to develop their practice by providing a dedicated studio, use of our gallery to mount an exhibition plus a financial contribution towards  exhibition costs.

Throughout the residency there will also be opportunities for delivering workshops based on current practice. The studio space is made available for a period of three to six months and is open to  the public. The residency will culminate in an exhibition of works created during the time.  The Artist in Residence program has supported artists working in ceramics, contemporary glass, painting, textiles and fibre. All artists are willing to demonstrate their craft and welcome visitors to their studio and workshop space.

Applications for studio residencies in 2017 will advertised after 1st July 2016.  Please email if you would like to receive notifications about our 2016 Artist in Residence & Exhibition Program.  Please note that no residential accommodation is provided with this residency.

2016 Artist in Residence

Jocelyn Tribe

MokohangaJocelyn Tribe holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Art – where she developed and refined her printmaking skills, editioning etchings and lithographs.  Indeed, at times she felt as if she was becoming an extension of the machine, a part of the press, while cultivating a practice that observes and resonates natures manifestation in the world and seeking to understand spectrums of experience within material.  Tribe believes that art practice is an essential to expanding consciousness and her engagement with the environment.

Since graduation, Jocelyn has worked in community arts – with Visionary Images, running workshops and participating in collaborative art projects with young people at the Atherton Gardens Housing Commission in Fitzroy Melbourne, Dondale Youth Detention Centre, and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects.

Tribe was the recipient of the Invergowrie Foundation scholarship (2009) and was a
Nagasawa Art Park (Japan), Artist in Residence in 2009.   In 2015, Tribe undertook a MI-LAB artist residency in Japan’s Lake Kawaguchi (at the base of Mount Fuji) exploring and learning techniques in mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking).

Past Exhibitions include:  R&W – George Paton Gallery (2015); –SHRINE OF ANTICIPANCE, KSAS (solo) (2014); Art of the Cuff, Fringe Festival (2013); GODS GIFT PRESENTS le essential essentials, Loop Project Space (2013); Intipodes, Litre Space, Melbourne (solo)(2013); Micro Macro, Happy River Art Space, Melbourne (solo) (2012); PROUD, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne (2011); Totes West, The Basement at Footscray Community Art Centre. Melbourne (2011);  Impact 7 (international printmaking conference). Monash University & VCA Gallery, Melbourne; FIT TO PRINT, No vacancy gallery, Melbourne. (2010); Gaidai, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture, Tokyo Japan (2009); s_h_i_f_t, Fresh Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne (2007).

Image:  Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock), work in progress, Jocelyn Tribe.

Claire Freer

Claire Freer Tyre Wire

Claire Freer has a Diploma of Visual Arts from School of Art ANU, Canberra (1982) and a Master degree in Fine Arts (Textiles) from Goldsmiths College of London UK (2007).  Residing in London from 2000 until 2010, Claire worked as artist / facilitator for a variety of institutions, charities, and companies, including: Senior Artist member for Art in the Park Studios London (2000-2006) and Creative Development Officer for Livesey Museum for Children (2002-2008). She has also participated in and run weaving workshops in Australia, England & Denmark (2005-2012).

Claire Freer has passionately worked for over twenty years in the arts industry in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Recently she spent three years in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia as the Arts and Cultural Field Officer with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Here she supported Aborignal women with their grass sculptures, woven forms and experimented with found objects for her own work including metals, wire, ochres and bush pigments. In 2015 Claire spent a month in Darwin creating new works in clay and local coral, Claire now intends to use her 2016 studio residency to create sculptural forms that resonate and evoke the natural living environment of the Top End.

Claire has exhibited her work widely both nationally and internationally.  Recent exhibitions include:  Close to Home, Clifton School of Arts, NSW (2015);  Imprint – Growing Up ,Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT (2013); Scarborough Art Show, NSW (2011); Centenary Art Exhibition, The Clifton School of Arts NSW (2011);Dialogues: A Fake Romance, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales (2010); WAM , St Pancras Church Crypt Gallery, London UK (2009); City Studio Group Show, Hackney, London UK(2009); SaLon Autumn Show, London, UK (2008); MA Show, Goldsmiths College of London (2007);  Pileforeningen, Moesgaard Museum Aarhus, Denmark (2006); Sir Harold Hillier’s Garden Summer Show, Southampton, UK (2004); and Art in the Park, London, UK. (2004).  Her work is held in numerous collections including:  Design Museum,  London, UK; Moesgaard Museum. Aarhus, Denmark.

Image:  Untitled  Claire Freer, burnt tyre wire (h. 55cm x w. 40cm x l.70cm).

Previous Residencies

2015 Artist in Residence - Amina McConvell

Colour Masses in the Fourth Dimension

Image: Colour Masses in the Fourth Dimension (detail) by Amina McConvell.

During her 2015 studio residency at Tactile Arts, Amina McConvell worked on a new installation comprised of  screen prints, mural work and sculpture. This body of work will build on work developed during her studio residency at KRACK! Printmaking studio in Yogyakarta (Dec 2014 -Feb 2015).  The residency culminated in an exhibition of a completed installation in the Tactile Arts gallery from 28 August until 13 September, 2015. For more information about Amina and to see images of her past work, check out:

Amina McConvell is an NT based installation artist.  Her works combine mural painting with drawing and sculpture. Amina’s creative practice is multifaceted and experimental, incorporating independent research, curatorial projects and project development, with a particular interest in the development of cross-cultural projects and inclusive projects for artists with disabilities.

Amina graduated from the painting department of the National Art School, (Sydney, 2007) and in 2011 completed an honours year in installation and experimental drawing at Charles Darwin University (Darwin, 2012). Amina’s honours graduate work; Uncertainty Factors was chosen for Hatched: The National Graduates Exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA).  In 2012 Amina was the recipient of a Darmasiswa Scholarship, to study for one-year at the Indonesian Institute of Art, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, this period of overseas research was supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust grants program.  In 2012-13,while based in Yogyakarta, Amina initiated and co-curated a cross-cultural research project with Indonesian artist Lashita Situmorang. The Poetic Everyman Project: Exploring Mythology in the Contemporary Context is an ongoing research project comprised of 8 artists from Indonesia, Australia, England and America who undertook group research in Yogyakarta from May 2012 – November 2013, and developed a group exhibition, which was presented at Sangkring Art Space in Yogyakarta (May 2013) & at the Darwin Visual Art Association (Feb 2014).

In 2014 Amina was included in the Gertrude Contemporary Studio 18 residency program, and was the recipient of a Arts NT Emerging Artists Award and an Australia Council for the Arts, Artstart grant for professional development – enabling her to undertake various professional development activities including an internship at Warmun Art centre and residency at the Krack! Studio (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).   In 2015 Amina has had two solo exhibitions, showing her new body of work Hypnogogia and other Hallucinations at Verge Gallery/University of Sydney and First Draft (Sydney).  Amina has also been actively involved in the community arts sector for the past 7 years and is passionate about the provision of inclusive arts facilities for artists with disabilities. In 2014 Amina initiated and co-ordinated the Free Space Studio with the support of arts NT, and Darwin Community Arts. The Free Space Studio was a 30-week workshop program focused on professional skills development for young artists with disabilities culminating in an exhibition at the City of Darwin Community Gallery.  She is currently employed as administrator at the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art and as a visual art workshop facilitator for Reading the Signs a disability led theatre production in conjunction with CemeNT Stars and Darwin Community Arts.

2014 Artist in Residence - Michelle Culpitt

"Burrow" by Michelle Culpitt

“Burrow” by Michelle Culpitt. 5 colour gum bichromate 8 x 10 2013

In 2014 our Artist in Residence was Michelle Culpitt.  Michelle’s chosen mediums included: printmaking and photography and in particular copperplate photogravure, polymer gravure, gum bichromates and anthotypes, film, sculpture and text.  During her residency at Tactile Arts, Michelle undertook a survey of  native plants in the Darwin region to see how they responded to the sun and made anthotype photograms (shadow plant pictures):

“I want to witness transformations through nature, fleeting and fragile images that can not be fixed and the shadow that a thing makes. These images can only be made here: under this sun, with these plants and the humidity. At another territory there would be different plants, varied rays from the sun, another humidity and a different time.”

Michelle’s exhibition  Experimentum * A survey on the effects of solar rays on native plants of the Darwin region of the Northern Territory and their suitability in making anthotype photograms opened on the 20 June – 6 July in 2014 at the  Tactile Arts Gallery.

2013 Artist in Residence - Marnie Jay

Marnie Jay publicity shot Darwin LifeMarnie Jay, award winning painter and illustrator, was the Tactile Arts Artist in Residence for 2013.  During her time at Tactile, Marnie worked on the paintings and illustrations for her childrens’ book “Flight of the Termidors” (words by Leonie Norrington).   The book is to be launched with an exhibition of Marnie’s work at Tactile Arts in May 2014 as part of the NT Writers Festival.

2012 Artist in Residence - Sandra Lancaster

In 2012 our Artist in Residence was Sandra Lancaster, a ceramicist from Tasmania who created an highly acclaimed exhibition of nature inspired pieces in Tropica Mutata.

2011 Artist in Residence - Joanne Gerke

The 2011 program allowed glass artist Joanne Gerke to take up residency at Tactile Arts.  Joanne is a competent bead maker who learned flame-working under our tutor, Michelle Burgoine.   While at Tactile Arts, Joanne experimented with new materials and styles with great success.  In 2010 we were fortunate to have local artist Marita Albers demonstrating her particular style of painting and exploring soft sculpture and other methods of displaying her artwork.