Announcing our 2024 Artist Residency Program recipients

May 28, 2024

We are delighted to announce and introduce the three successful artists selected to participate in our Artist Residency Program for 2024.

Founded in 2019, Nature Foundation's Artist Residency Program offers artists with a professional profile the opportunity to spend up to two weeks at either Witchelina or Hiltaba Nature Reserves.

Nature Foundation provides participating artists with accommodation and general support, including orientation to and guidance on the Nature Reserves. We also promote and sell works created from the artists' visits through media, exhibitions, and other marketing opportunities.

The 2024 artists are:

  • Catherine Bourn
  • Josephine Lennon
  • Kirrily Anderson

Catherine Bourn

Catherine-Bourn-web-square.jpgCatherine Bourn is a watercolour artist who immerses herself in the landscape, quietly observing the rhythm and abundance of life amongst the rocks and other seemingly static natural formations.

Since 2017, she has regularly visited and sought artistic inspiration from the Flinders Ranges. Since 2019, she has exhibited as part of SALA (South Australian Living Artists), including exhibitions at Rawnsley Park Station.

In preparing for her 2022 SALA exhibition, Catherine travelled through South Australia, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia. During this travel, she began to notice the colours in the landscape telling their own story. The deep reds and oranges, the bright yellow sunrise, and the dappled green humidity were all poised against the sapphire blue sky and distant cobalt ranges. The colours of her paintings began to form a collective spectrum, which led her to seek further opportunities to emphasise this prism on the landscape with purpose.

@catherinembourn on Instagram

Parachilna-Vista-Morning-Light-2018-Catherine-Bourn-web.jpgParachilna Vista Morning Light by Catherine Bourn

Josephine Lennon

Josephine-Lennon-web-square.jpgJosephine Lennon is a Mirning and Antikirinjara artist who currently lives in Ceduna and actively works on her own artwork, including consignments and within local arts programs. She sees her family as a major motivation, and her key inspiration is keeping her culture and language alive, reinforcing her connection to Country, land, and sea through her art.

An acclaimed and award-winning artist, Josephine produces artworks that address themes of Country and the unique environments, vegetation and animals that inspire her, including Sturt Desert Peas, Paper Daisies, bush tucker, whales, fire, wind, and the salt lakes.

Josephine has received significant recognition throughout her career thus far, including being awarded the prestigious Don Dunstan art prize at the 2016 'Our Mob' Aboriginal art exhibition, Runner-up in the 2019 Port Augusta Malka Aboriginal Art Prize, and Runner-up in the 2019 Port Lincoln Art Prize.

Waru (Fire) by Josephine Lennon

Kirrily Anderson

Kirilly-Anderson-web-square.jpgKirrily Anderson is an artist based in North East Victoria. She grew up on a farm in the NSW Riverina, which helped develop her appreciation of and practical skills for the outdoors.

She is renowned for her mesmerising exploration of the intricacy of nature, with her art spanning the scope of delicate works on paper to captivating murals that showcase her attention to detail and passion for the wonders surrounding us.

Kirrily works closely with her local community on public art, collaborating with local councils, schools, festivals and businesses, creating site-specific artworks, and earning recognition as one of the region's most respected muralists.

A versatile multidisciplinary artist, Kirrily's artistic journey encompasses a constant exploration of new frontiers, forging connections between people, places, and memories. Through her creative practice, she strives to deeply resonate with audiences, leaving a lasting impact.

Rocky Valley Dam by Kirilly Anderson

We wish the three artists all the best for their residencies and look forward to seeing the artworks inspired by Witchelina and Hiltaba Nature Reserves.

These artworks will be presented at an exhibition to be arranged in 2025. Subscribe below to our email updates or follow our social media accounts to be notified.

The artwork of the 2023 artists will be on display at Pepper Street Art Gallery from 4 October to 8 November 2024 as part of the Nature's Foundations 3 exhibition. We will share further updates closer to the date.

Nature Foundation gratefully acknowledges the Artist Residency Program sponsorship by the Helen James Endowment Fund.

Top image: Galahs by Catherine Bourn. This image has been cropped to square from the original.

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