There are only 7 days left to apply for stipend to be part of Eden Unearthed in 2017. This is what a few of the artists have said from the inaugural exhibition.
Natalie Ryan, who created A Skulk of Foxes, below, says ” I was thrilled to be involved with this festival and work with Eden Gardens. It is fantastic, refreshing and incredibly important to see artists getting paid for their work. For me this is what made Eden Unearthed progressive and exciting, I have told all my peers about it … I would also love to be involved again, the stipend allowed me to push my practice and respond to the gardens in a way that would not have been possible due to the extensive costs of materials, travel and working full time in the studio on the project. The grounds are so stunning and the chance to work in the gardens and respond to them was such a pleasure. The staff were lovely to work with and it was fantastic to see the gardens come to life with all the other artworks at the opening.”
Tamryn Bennett, who managed Kirli Saunders and her work the ‘Posy of Peoms’, reflected “Such an honour for Red Room and Kirli to be included in the first Eden Unearthed. From the hummingbirds hovering above the speeches to the hidden gems on every path, it is such an incredibly special and inclusive exhibition.”
Ainslie Murray, who created The House for A Lost Tree (above), offers “There is something special about artists working in the garden that is unique to this event – it functioned like an ‘open studio’ in some sense in the lead up to the event. Meredith, this was such a lovely project to work on – thankyou. Beautifully managed with care and generosity!”
The judging panel consists of Allan Giddy, Graham Forsyth and Trevor Weekes. Stipends are available for up to A$10,000 for artists to complete their works, which will feature throughout the 2.5 hectare garden. Up to 40 installations will be accepted this year from established and student artists, making it the largest exhibition of significantly funded commissioned installation works in Australia.
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