Current Artist in Resident Anzara Clark draws inspiration from many sources, sometimes extraordinary and sometimes mundane and is particularly interested in the creative possibilities available through the language of clothing.
Anzara believes that the garment is a conceptual tool for exploring identity and experience. Garment forms represent cultural and universal discourses and also invite personal and individual engagement with the stories they tell.
Penelope Chai is a Melbourne based writer who has lived and worked in London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Amsterdam, Honiara and Kakadu.
Penny has been awarded several writing residencies and fellowships, including the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and has been shortlisted for several writing awards, including two AWGIEs and the City of Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award.
Films of her scripts have screened on ABC TV and at the Melbourne International Film Festival and her short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies.
As part of the City of Greater Dandenong’s Get Creative Program, Penny is facilitating a six week writing program titled “Journey Stories”
Philip Faulks has been an exhibiting artist since 1981. Since that time his practice has embraced painting, drawing and sculpture. This has seen him undertake 15 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and in China. He has also been included in more than 75 group exhibitions in Australia, Singapore, Vietnam and Italy. He is represented in many public collections including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra.
In addition, Philip has worked extensively in higher education in the University and TAFE sectors and has taught Visual Art at Chisholm in Frankston since 1991.
Callum Jackson is a Melbourne-based visual artist who uses mediums such as Printmaking, drawing, photography, painting, and poetry. He is currently completing his BFA (Printmaking) at RMIT and preparing for his first curated exhibition with Greater City of Dandenong Youth Services, titled Reside.
Peter Douglas is a multidisciplinary artist, focusing on painting and drawing with charcoal, pencil, oil paint, gauche, ink, pastel and acrylic. Through his practice he has also explored other mediums such a sculpture, installation, photography and animation.
During his residency, Douglas hopes to develop work relating to the urban landscape around Dandenong, capturing snapshots of the buildings, people and vibrant markets in multi-coloured paintings and drawings. Following the approach of Douglas’ recent works, his residency explorations would consist of a camouflage of vibrant colours capturing the figure within a fleeting moment.