MEGALO AIR - PIA LARSEN

2019 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - PIA LARSEN

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Sydney based artist Pia Larsen has been working in the Megalo studios after the past few weeks.
Larsen is one of the 5 Australians to receive a Megalo Residency for 2019. Larsen’s work draws from an interest in people, place and language in projects that engage with history, culture and geo-politics. Her practice encompasses printmedia, text, metal and photography in images, sculpture and installation environments. We checked in with Pia during the week to ask a few questions about her work and residency with us.

Can you tell us a little about the project you are working on at Megalo?

The project explores the story of post WWII European migration of ‘Displaced People’ to Australia focusing on the life of M, a woman who worked for my parents and looked after me as a child, remaining my friend until her death in 2014. The work is informed by research into M’s life, applying the discourses of gender, rk and motherhood within a social, cultural and political context. This includes reinserting M’s European heritage as indivisible from her identity and life as a ‘New Australian’.

What have been the highlights of your Residency at Megalo so far?

The highlights have been; time in the studio to develop the ideas and print the work, the hospitality of Canberra locals and the wonderful cycling infrastructure that we can only dream of in Sydney!

Images above: Pia Larsen working in studio and iterations of work in progress ‘don’t tell’.

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What do you love most about printmaking?
I’ve worked with printmedia for many years and have worked in every medium enjoying the qualities each offers. At the moment I’m enjoying combining photographic imagery, mark making with machine and hand tools and taking impressions that fragment the image to generate new forms for reflecting on subject matter and concepts.

Do you remember the first print you ever pulled? The first print was a screen print at primary school with my wonderful Art Teacher Angelika.

What is coming up for you next?
I’m writing an article for the next issue of Imprint, (PCA quarterly magazine) about the story of M and the work created during my residency at Megalo and over the past year. I’m also working towards exhibiting the work from the residency at Megalo as part of a larger body of work in a number of forums, yet to be confirmed.

Learn more about Pia Larsen’s practice HERE.

Above: Pia Larsen working in the Megalo studios.

MEGALO ANNOUNCES 2019 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Congratulations to all applicants to our residency program. We were overwhelmed with excellent submissions and it was a very difficult decision for our assessment panel. We are pleased to announce that the artists joining us in 2019 will be:

AUSTRALIAN MEGALO ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2019
Tony Curran, Mark Dustin, Rose Mary Faulkner, Pia Larsen, Kate Vassallo

INTERNATIONAL MEGALO ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2019
Rachel Duckhouse

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE 2019

MEGALO PRINT STUDIO - OPEN CALL

 
 

It's the first week of Spring in Canberra Australia and what better time than this to launch our 2019 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE OPEN CALL. Our Artist-in-Residence program is a supported residency opportunity open to Australian and international artists at all stages of their careers.
In 2019 there will be five places for Australian artists and one International place.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 31 OCTOBER 2018

Selected artists will receive a stipend, accommodation (international and interstate based artists) and studio access to Megalo’s comprehensive, professional printmaking facilities. The residency program aims to support the making of new work that meets the objectives of excellence and innovation in printmaking.

MEGALO OUT AND ABOUT

Last night Megalo hit the town to check out some of the exhibition openings. We took Nilanjan Das our esteemed International artist in residence with us to meet and greet the Canberra scene. Our first stop was PhotoAccess who were launching 3 excellent shows:

- The Spirit within Australia: The Land and The People, Veritas Editions
- Kim Sinclair: Artefact
- Michaela Gamble: We Were Here

Of particular interest to us were the exquisite cyanotypes by Kim SInclair and a gorgeous  photogravure print by Silvi Glattauer in the Veritas Editions exhibition. All 3 exhibitions are running from 5-29 April.

From there we went to Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Manuka where Megalo member and recent graduate of the ANU School of Art and Design (Printmedia + Drawing), Skye Jamieson is having a solo exhibition Hold a Mentos Wrapper. Skye has been making good use of her graduate membership this year and it was great to see some of her print pieces complete and installed. Skye's exhibition is running through to 5-15 April 2018.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - LEAH BULLEN

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Our final artist in residence for 2017 was Leah Bullen. Leah has been working toward a Doctor of Philosophy, in practice-led research (Painting), at the School of Art and Design, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

While in residence she worked on some incredible monotypes. It was an absolute pleasure to have her in the studios and great to see such careful attention paid to such a unique printmaking technique. Many of her monotypes are large scale and take many hours and days to produce. 

On Wednesday the 11th of April Leah's PHD work will be featured alongside fellow artists Naomi Zower (Textiles) and Phil Page (Painting) at the ANU. The exhibition is part of the Visual Arts HDR Graduate Season program. Don't miss this great opportunity to see Leah's delicious works in the flesh. Details below:

Visual Arts HDR Graduate Season Exhibition 2
Opens: 6pm Wednesday 11 April 2018
Venue: ANU School of Art and Design Gallery
For further information visit the ANU website HERE.


 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - ISOBEL RAYSON

Welcome to Megalo Isobel Rayson! 
Isobel is the first Megalo Artist in residence this year and we're so pleased to have her in the studios.

Isobel is an emerging artist based in Canberra, Australia. Since graduating from the Sculpture workshop at the ANU School of Art and Design in 2014 she has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions, undertaken residencies and held several solo exhibitions. Isobel often works with woodcut substrates in her practice but is looking forward to exploring print in the Press Studio. She has already discovered the joy of embossing in the studio and is busily creating some impressive works. You can see more of Isobel's artwork at http://www.isobelrayson.com/

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE - 2018 RESIDENTS ANNOUNCED

Thank-you to all the wonderful artists who applied to our residency program. We received a record number of applications again, and from 32 countries. Our residency panel met earlier this month to begin the task of reviewing the submissions. We are so pleased to be able to announce that the 2018 Megalo Artists in residence have been awarded to:

NILANJAN DAS (India)
HEIDI LEFEBVRE
ANJA LOUGHHEAD
ELENA PAPANIKOLAKIS
ISOBEL RAYSON
PETER MCLEAN

ANJA LOUGHEAD

ANJA LOUGHEAD

HEIDI LEFEBVRE

HEIDI LEFEBVRE

PETER MCLEAN

PETER MCLEAN

 

 

 

NILANJAN DAS

NILANJAN DAS

ISOBEL RAYSON

ISOBEL RAYSON

ELENA PAPANIKOLAKIS

ELENA PAPANIKOLAKIS

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!!!!

It's that time of year again and we're calling for applications to our Annual residency program. In 2018 there will be three ACT based places, two national and one international place. The selected artists receive a stipend, accommodation (international and national) and studio access to Megalo’s comprehensive, professional printmaking facilities.

The Megalo residency program aims to support the making of new work that meets the program objectives of excellence and innovation in printmaking.  Applications close on 31 October 2017 and you can find all the detailed information on the 2018 program here

 

 

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