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Artist-in-residence program

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre's artist-in-residence program is presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation, and is supported by artsACT through their initiative Arts Residencies ACT. The program offers artists the opportunity to undertake residencies at either Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park or Nil Desperandum Homestead in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Each year, the opportunity is offered to different groups of artists - from international practitioners, to Indigenous, national, or Craft ACT members specifically.

The residency program is themed, and links the environment, the arts and heritage.

2015 - Connect with Your Nature: artist-in-residence.Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is excited to announce Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher as the selected recipients for the 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program. Canberra textile artist Ruth Hingston, a Craft ACT member artist will work alongside international artist Jodie Hatcher, an emerging UK designer-maker.

This year's program, presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and 2015 research partner, the National Archives of Australia, focuses on the theme; Connect with Your Nature, which was developed from the Healthy Parks Healthy People philosophy.

Ruth Hingston's practice is based in textiles drawing, illustration, and fashion and is well known for her Canberra Life embroideries. Ruth feels that mindfulness is an excellent way to open up senses and to become aware of life around us. Hingston sees an art practice as an excellent way to express the complexity of the environment and how we are dependent on its good health for our survival.

Jodie Hatcher is an emerging designer-maker based in Sheffield, England. Her work focuses on the exploration of weaving processes and how this textile technique can be used within the metal working tradition to produce sculptural objects. She is looking forward to learning from the rangers and visitors and the impact that large natural spaces have on community, health and wellbeing. Hatcher received the Sheffield Assay Office, Precious Little Gems Award in April this year, has exhibited across the UK and is a graduate of the De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

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2014 - Bogs and Fens: artist-in-residence. The artist-in-residence program represents the joint commitment of Craft ACT and its partners to offering unique residency and research opportunities to local, national and international craft and design practitioners. The program is proudly presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre together with long-standing partner,and is supported by artsACT through their initiative, Arts Residencies ACT. The Australian National Botanic Gardens has also joined the partnership in 2014 to present a focussed research component for each artist.

Craft ACT is delighted to host three artists-in-residence during 2014 - its second international artist, wood turner Satoshi Fujinuma (Japan), textile artist and Accredited Professional Member, Sally Blake (Canberra), as well as weaver and sculptor, Annee Miron (Melbourne).

2013 - International and Indigenous artists - Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre hosted the inaugural international and Indigenous artists-in-residence in 2013. Renowned British textile artist, Michael Brennand-Wood undertook a residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in September 2013, followed by a sustained period of research at the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. Indigenous textile artist, Ceretha Skinner, completed her residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage during November 2013, followed by a period of research at the National Museum of Australia.

Both artists will exhibit alongside each other at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre in 2014, showing new works inspired by their residencies.

2012 -Talking water: artist-in-residence - Talking water: artists-in-residence hosted four craft and design practitioners who undertook residencies at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park, and at Nil Desperandum Homestead in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The Talking water project was presented in association with the 2012 Designing a Capital: Crafting a City program and delivered a public forum and a series of open days with the artists at the residency sites.

Antonia Aitken, Marian Hosking, Marily Cintra and Christine Atkins, the artists-in-residence, responded to the theme of water, with the Yass-Canberra area being selected for the nation's capital in 1908 as it best filled the requirement with regard to adequate water supply, climate and landform suitable for the building of a 'garden city'.

2009 - Artists in Place: Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage Residency - A pilot artist in residence project at the Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage located in the Namadgi National Park, ACT, presented by Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation. The pilot provided two residential periods of five weeks each to two artists, Paull McKee and Kirstie Rea.

The Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage is an early example of a ready-cut or prefabricated Hudson's kit home purchased and constructed by its original owner A W Bootes in the Gudgenby Valley in 1927. It later became the farm manager's home and fell into disrepair after the local government reclaimed the land for a National Park.

It was through the efforts of a volunteer group, the Kosciuszko Huts Association (KHA), together with assistance and support from the ACT Government and Namadgi National Park staff, that it was restored, thereby ensuring its survival.

Photographs: Art Atelier Photography