The Art and Ecology Residency (AER) has been launched in 2020 as part of the suite of arts residencies managed by CoVA at the University of Melbourne, including the Norma Redpath Studio in Carlton. This residency sits alongside a new CoVA research program focused on ‘Art and Science’ and is supported through partnerships with the Science Gallery and Shepparton Art Museum(SAM). The initiative has been developed in partnership with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at Dookie Campus.
The Art and Ecology Residency facilitates artists working in themes around environment, agriculture and science to undertake research in active environmental sciences contexts. Residencies are around 3 to 4 weeks, based at the Dookie campus near Shepparton, and include opportunities for roundtable discussions and research collaborations with researchers and postgraduate students in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. Three residencies are offered each year and stipends are provided to successful applicants.
Resident artists will be will be provided with several avenues through which to engage with the life of Dookie campus during their stay:
- Opportunities to study the history of the campus, its environment, buildings, activities and historic collections;
- Meetings with graduate researchers and staff in roundtable discussions;
- A welcome reception with the Dookie Arts Group;
- The option of undertaking collection research and delivering an artist’s talk at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM);
- Presenting an art film screening and/or an open studio during the residence, supported by CoVA staff. Local community members, students and staff would be invited.
Applications for the 2020 Art and Ecology Residency will open in June. Enquiries should be directed to CoVA Coordinator Dr Suzie Fraser firstname.lastname@example.org.