Artist in Residence — Pilot Project
The Artist-in-Residence program embeds inspiring artists in primary and pre-schools Australia — exposing students and school communities to creative and artistic practice, while providing an engaging platform for local artists to connect and showcase their work, while working with the broader community.
Piloted within the South Coast region of NSW, the program will be rolled out and developed across the state to regional, rural and remote schools in the longer term. Please contact the Southland team to stay up to date throughout the program.
This pilot project runs from May 2021–December 2022
Artist In Residence
Development Status: Pilot
Dates: May 2021–Dec 2022
Dr Lynda Kelly
The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program embeds inspiring artists in primary and pre-schools across the South Coast NSW region — exposing students and school communities to creative and artistic practice, while providing an engaging platform for local artists to connect and showcase their work, while working with the broader community.
Throughout the project, the Artist-in-Residence program covers a range of partnerships and collaborations:
- Primary Schools – Bomaderry; Cambewarra; Illaroo Rd and North Nowra
- Preschools – Bomaderry Community Preschool and North Nowra Preschool
- Visual Arts teachers and School Principals are also key partners
- Local Community:
- Cambewarra Residents and Ratepayers Association
- Arts in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley
- Auspicing body
- Local Government:
- Shoalhaven City Council Arts Board
- Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
The project has high levels of support from the schools, local politicians and community groups, local Councils and the NSW Department of Education.
Under the program, data and research will be undertaken to assess the impact and success of the program on students, teachers, stakeholders and communities — feeding into a future expansion across the Shoalhaven and Kiama LGAs, and eventually throughout regional NSW.
This research will be conducted by Dr Lynda Kelly
An initial workshop was conducted with key stakeholders, teachers and artists on Monday 3 May, 2021, to undertake essential planning and documentation for the continued project — working closely with all participants to move the project ahead.
The Artist in Residence (AIR) Pilot Project is currently being piloted at Cambewarra Public School, where NIDA-trained actor Annaliese Szota will be embedding her practice to achieve a drama theme and production in the school.
Results of the pilot will be measured within the student body, teaching staff, resident artist, and wider community. Four other primary schools and two local preschools are currently in the planning stages to host similar programs once the pilot results are known and COVID restrictions allow.
The AIR team
In 2020, a team of educational change-makers started thinking big about how to embed authentic creative arts programs into local primary schools in a way that both promoted creative career pathways and valued creative professionals from the community.
- Dr Lynda Kelly, Researcher & Managing Director of LyndaKellyNetworks;
- Jenny Thompson, Community Representative for the Shoalhaven City Arts Board, and;
- Ann Stafford, Community Artist Advocate.
For these three women it is all about the kids!
The AIR team has recruited and embedded professional artists from the South Coast community into primary and preschools across four key disciplines: visual arts, drama, music and dance.
The project comes at a time when creative expression is both more important than ever — after a traumatic year of bushfire, flood, and pandemic — and most compromised in the educational context by COVID lockdowns.
The AIR project is generously funded by Shoalhaven City Council and the Department of Education in the region of the Shoalhaven, and proudly auspiced by Southland Creative Inc.