PhotoAccess and Plumwood Mountain are delighted to launch the Forest Stories artist residency program.
This program supports one photographic artist, or artist duo, to explore possibilities for creating visual narratives that respond to Plumwood Mountain, a unique conservation property located in the dense temperate rainforest to the south-east of Braidwood, NSW.
PhotoAccess is the ACT and region’s centre for contemporary photography, moving image and photo-media arts. Established in 1984, we are today a vibrant, non-profit visual arts centre supporting photographers and artists at all stages of their careers. Our program, based at the Manuka Arts Centre in Canberra, incorporates exhibitions, workshops, conversations, publications, residencies and access to darkroom and digital making spaces.
Plumwood Mountain is an independent conservation organisation managing the Plumwood Mountain property to protect its diverse ecology and to carry on the legacy and philosophy of environmental philosopher, Val Plumwood. An internationally recognised scholar, Plumwood lived for over thirty years in a stone cottage in a clearing in the forest on the mountain, producing works that continue to challenge us to understand and value such places and re-imagine our relationships with the more-than-human world.
Since 2020, PhotoAccess and Plumwood Mountain have partnered to deliver an annual Forest Stories workshop. This mentored multi-week experience enables participants to learn approaches to creating observational narratives and experiment with creating short visual essays responding to a day visit to Plumwood Mountain.
Filmmaker and photographer Dr Natasha Fijn leads the Forest Stories workshop. Natasha is one of Plumwood Mountain’s stewards, and brings to the workshop experience her intimate knowledge of its history and ecology, as well as extensive experience capturing its qualities through still and moving imagery.
This workshop concluded at the end of April, 2022. Applicants should note that is it not required to have attended this workshop to apply for the residency.
Building on the success of the Forest Stories workshop, PhotoAccess and Plumwood Mountain are introducing an annual Forest Stories artist-in-residence opportunity. This residency aims to:
Artists or artist duos working across image and sound are also encouraged to apply.
The Forest Stories resident will receive:
Residents should note that Plumwood Mountain accommodation is basic and living and working conditions can be challenging. Some knowledge of the Australian bush and prior camping experience is preferred.
Residents are encouraged to take their own car to Plumwood, particularly if they wish to travel frequently between Plumwood and Braidwood (the closest town). However, Plumwood may be able to make a car available for resident’s use if this is required.
The Forest Stories resident is expected to:
The Forest Stories residency is open to any artist based within approximately 100 kms of either PhotoAccess or Plumwood Mountain.
Residents must hold their own liability and accident insurance covering them throughout the residency with a minimum of $10,000,000 coverage.
The Forest Stories residency will run over approximately three months each year, with each residency incorporating a stay up to 10 days in duration at Plumwood Mountain.
The program will be launched in conjunction with Tash Fijn’s PhotoAccess exhibition, opening 21 April 2022, and promoted in the context of the annual Forest Stories workshop.
This call-out will close at 12pm on the 15th of July 2022
The annual schedule will be:
April Forest Stories Workshop
May/June Residency EoI issued
August Resident selected and contracted
01 September Residency period commences
Sept/Oct/Nov Stay at Plumwood Mountain (10 days)
30 November Residency period concludes
February Submission of draft outcomes
March Finalisation & publication of residency outcomes