The studio for the Artist in Residence at Box Hill Community Arts Centre was initially the Loft, a small, brightly lit space up a steep flight of stairs above the Wetcraft Studio. This space was often likened to a tree house by the artists with it’s internal views into the ceramics studio and external windows overlooking magnificent gum trees. In the early days of the program one artist per year was selected and given tenancy for 12 months. At the end of the residency artists were offered the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Centre Gallery. In recent years as the program has expanded there have been on occasion several artists per year. In these instances the Garden Room in the Centre has been used as another artist studio.
Over the years the Centre has had artists in residence from many different disciplines and backgrounds. These include ceramics, sculpture, public art, glass making, painting, collage, works on paper, textiles, quilt making and Lego. The artists have come from as far afield as Japan, China, Korea, Newcastle Australia and Queensland. As part of their residencies the artists are expected to initiate and conduct a community art project. These projects, as well as engaging members of the community, have resulted in classes, workshops and art pieces displayed throughout the Centre. Many artists in residence have gone on to become regular tutors in the Centre’s term and holiday programs. You can learn more about each Artist in Residence on our dedicated page.