Here is a selection of testimonials by artists from the 2012 program. The artists all mention the central location and affordability of the studios as key benefits of the A.R.P program.
“The A.R.P. has been an excellent opportunity to work in the CBD. The energy of the city is very inspiring. The residency itself has allowed an opportunity for me to get to know a group of artists that I have not had contact with previously. As an artist it is important to expand networks and lines of communication with different practitioners. My time in the residency has involved creating a series of collages, experimenting with new ideas and planning new large-scale work.”
“Joining the A.R.P Project in August 2012 has been both beneficial and rewarding. Previous to joining the A.R.P Project I didn’t have a studio space in which to make work. By having a dedicated studio space I have been able make work toward numerous exhibitions, both national and international. The inner city location has been ideal. Being selected as an artist-in-resident has also been rewarding as it has put me in touch with other Sydney artists, rather then me working in isolation. The director Annie Laerkesen has been passionate in supporting us and in organising the A.R.P exhibition.”
“Being part of the ARP program has benefited my practice by allowing me to research, develop relationships with other artists as well as focus on my work in a supportive environment. Having an affordable studio space at a central location has allowed me to access museums, galleries and other artist studios a lot more frequently than I would have in the past, while working from home. Having a studio has certainly affected my productivity during the residency months since I can be more focused about the hours and resources I can put into my practice.”
Here is a selection of testimonials by artists from the 2010 program. Many works referenced the location where they were made and have been exhibited locally and internationally.
“I am writing to both endorse and report on the Studio Program at Cockatoo Island for which I was lucky enough to be involved in. I have enjoyed this opportunity, together with other nominated artists. Knowing both the artists and the protocols of the island the director has done an excellent job in curating, organising and managing this initiative. It would be a shame to not see it continue to benefit Sydneys artists. I have no hesitation in backing the director and endorsing the program for funding”.
“Inspirational and tremendously invigorating, this residency should become a continual program in Sydneys art community for other artist to benefit from”
“I am writing in support of A.R.P. I have found the experience to be extremely beneficial to my art practice. The time spent there allowed me a unique time for reflection and research. The work that has come from this experience will be developed into several projects. The first will be the included in the Sydney Biennale 2010 and later another work will be shown as part of A.R.P 2010 exhibition”
Keg de Souza
“I am most grateful for the experience to be part of such a unique and inspiring residency program which saw me working alongside established artists, Mikala Dwyer and Richard Goodwin. It was a fantastic opportunity for me as an emerging artist to learn from their practices. I give my unstinting support for the residency program especially to the hard work and vision of the director ”
“The residency allowed me to work in a very different environment, than my usual studio/lab, an environment that is equally challenging, rewarding and deeply merged into the history of Sydney harbour. With Current State of Affairs, I aim to create a reflective state of attraction and uncertainty. The work mirrors both the current state of global affairs and the space of personal reflection and contemplation”