About Boorhaman Residency Program
Boorhaman Residency took place from the 17th of September to the 8th of October, 2017.
Residency Projects was fortunate to have gained exclusive access to the dis-used Boorhaman Primary school through the State Government of Victoria, we thank the many people involved in making this project a reality: The Department of Premier and Cabinet, Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Deputy Premier Education Minister the Hon. James Merlino MP.
During the Boorhaman Residency Melbourne based artists Dylan Martorell and Chaco Kato lived and worked in the rural town of Boorhaman, in North East Victoria, creating ambitious artworks at the dis-used Boorhaman Primary School.
These artists used various materials found on site and from around the community, with other materials carefully sourced when bought new so as to align as closely as realistically possible with the material and environmental ethics of Residency Projects.
Throughout the three weeks there were workshops, school visits, artist talks and an open day, marking the end of the program with a publicly accessible day of celebrations.
As a further iteration of this residency there will be an exhibition at the Wangaratta Gallery in February 2018; artists will install works which were made on site or are a reflection of their time spent in Boorhaman, curated by Residency Projects directors Kate Hill and Eugene Howard.
We were delighted to bring this vibrant program of events and dialogue to the beautiful rural town of Boorhaman in Victoria’s North East.
In the lead up to this program and ongoing, we have recieved much support from friends, community members and organisations, here are a few key people (with so many more!):
- State Government of Victoria: Department of Education and Training, Department of Treausry and Finance and the Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Judy, Barry and Merryn Byrne
- Boorhaman Pub
- Helen Hill
- Bruck Textiles
- Alan and Colline Muir (Myrnong)
- Ian and Faye (for mowing)
- Workshop participants and all parents and guardians
- Justine Ambrosio, Rural City of Wangaratta Council
- Simone Nolan, Wangaratta Art Gallery
- Millie Cattlin and Joe Norster, The Projects
- Michelle Zemancheff, Nillumbik Council
- Creative Victoria
- Australia Council for the Arts
- Creative Partnerships Australia
- Australian Cultural Fund
- Besen Family Foundatio
This residency is taking place on Bpangerang and Yorta Yorta land, we acknowledge these people as the first and continuing custodians of the land and waters; we recognise sovereignty has never been ceded and pay respects to their Elders, past, present and future.
Eugene Howard and Kate Hill, 2017
Co-Directors Boorhaman Residency Project
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by the Besen Family Foundation through Creative Partnerships Australia’s Cultural Fund.