About Residency Projects
Residency Projects is Eugene Howard and Kate Hill, both artists based in Melbourne. Residency Projects exists to create time, place and space, for artists and small-to-medium arts and cultural organisations, to research and develop projects and ideas.
Residency Projects operates across art forms and into the realm of community cultural development. The key focus of Residency Projects rests on nurturing dialogues between diverse communities through creative practice; we prioritise place, ecology and community and have at our heart a profound ethic of care and custodianship.
Residency Projects devises major creative projects and works collaboratively with artists around forums and special events. Residency Projects is an emerging and already critically recognised organisation, driving innovative programs beyond urban centers, aiming to shift and re-focus contemporary dialogues around issues of place, ecology, culture and communities. We work slowly, consult widely, think deeply and deliver projects when we see distinct need.
Eugene’s work looks into notions of care, custodianship, connection to place and time. Recently he used a garden as both a site for art making and a broader methodology for creative practice; looking into layered cultural and political histories relating to gardens and using processes inherent within gardening, such as composting and seasonality, to inform material use. Eugene's ongoing work includes watercolour painting plein-air, looking at specific sites across Victoria, video/performance collaborations and various collaborative projects.
Currently Eugene sits on the Testing Grounds Advisory Committee (The Projects/Creative Victoria) and Nillumbik Council's Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee. Eugene holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, a Bachleor of Fine Art from RMIT University and has studied with the New York Studio School in Rome, Italy. Eugene has exhibited in numerous exhibitions including most recently Gardening is Not a Rational Act curated by Tai Snaith at C3 Gallery Melbourne and Plein Air curated by Bree Claffey at Mr Kitly Melbourne. Eugene has also undertaken numerous residency programs including Testing Grounds residency (supported by City of Melbourne/Creative Victoria), Laughing Waters AIR (supported by Parks Victoria/Nillumbik Council) and undertaken management Kochi AIR in India, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Kochi Muziris Biennale.
Kate works across art and research. Her artistic practice utilises site-specific materials and processes to engage in temporal modalities of place, reflecting on both macro landscapes and systems, and the intimate space of walking. Her work is often recycled and re-presented, the reiterative and ritualistic capacity at the forefront. Her observations of places and materials is extended through social engagement which often form a component of projects through story telling, collaboration and educational workshops.
Hill graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2011, and a Masters of Community Cultural Development in 2014. In 2015 she worked on a research project with the University of Melbourne exploring socially engaged art, and co-authored two journal articles. In 2016, Hill participated in Time Place Space: NOMAD, an Arts House supported residency in the Wimmera Region, Victoria, and in 2017 was a delegate for Water Futures, presented by Arts House, Tipping Point Australia and Asia TOPA, Melbourne. Selected recent exhibitions and projects include; Until now (400+ prints from Pepperhouse walls), Kochi AIR, Kerala, India, 2016; the scribe notes, slight (+Abbra Kotlarczyk), Bus Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; Of Everything that Disappears there Remains Traces (group), The Honeymoon Suite, Brunswick, 2017; Fall Line (with Isadora Vaughan), For Material Exchanges, curated by Meredith Turnbull, C3 Artspace, Abbotsford, Melbourne; and Pieces of Place (group), For Radiant Pavillion, Mr Kitly, Melbourne, 2017.
Kate Hill and Eugene Howard, 2016