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2009-10: Cockatoo Island

A.R.P curated program ran from late 2009 until October 2010 on Cockatoo Island to support artists with much needed affordable studio space in an unused industrial building on this isolated island on Sydney harbour. The program was initiated and ran through the value in kind support of its director and supported by the authority that oversee the island and provided the venue. The residency comprised of 8 emerging and established artists in two 6-month residency periods. The residency program provided artists access to 2 large studio spaces each within an unused industrial waterfront building and provided a professional support frame to negotiate leases, curate exhibition etc

Richard Goodwin, Mikala Dwyer, Justene Williams, Keg de Souza, Daniel Boyd, Margaret Roberts, Mari Velonaki and were selected through invitation to make up the first collective of artists. Many of the artist’s were exposed to differing practices of their fellow studio artists.

2010 A.R.p artist’s state they have found it to be of invaluable importance to their practice. Many produced significant works that have gone on to tour locally and internationally giving artists, the program and the previous location greater exposure.

See Testimonials by some of the artist’s.


Artists developed their work for inclusion in a group exhibition on Cockatoo Island in various buildings in October 2010.  Entitled Between a Rock and a Hard Place, the exhibition was curated by Anna Laerkesen and encompassed various indoor and outdoor sites in the southern industrial precinct on the island for a month (see room brochure under ‘Opening’ above).

500+ people attended the opening via free ferries. The Lumiphonic Creature Choir supported the program by playing a live interactive set amongst the old machinery and and atop a platform within one of the enormous industrial halls (

A.R.P now aims to develop the accessibility of the program and to appeal to Sydney artists more broadly by establishing an application process.