The program has been running for more than five years and provides emerging young artists with the chance to develop their skills. As part of the program, Youth Services provides the artists with a space to work, mentorship and an opportunity for an exhibition at the end of their residency. The program also provides each artist with some funding.This year’s artists are Otford solo electric violinist Jane Aubourg, 23, oil portrait painter Elizabeth Ruby Batger, 24, and contemporary artist and fashion designer Lillian Terese Cuda, 20.
“These young women bring a diverse range of skills and interests to the 2013 Artist in Residence Program and I really look forward to seeing what they achieve over the next 12 months,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM said.
“I’m also excited to see this program expanded in 2013 to include music as well as the visual and creative arts. I think this is a welcome move as we have many talented musicians in our city.
“This program is such a valuable opportunity as it provides the support these emerging artists and musicians need to explore their work and, sometimes even more importantly, a space to work. The room provided at Wollongong Youth Centre has been used by many artists over the years – so it’s filled with lots of creative energy.’’
At the conclusion of their residencies each artist will hold an exhibition or performance to showcase what they have achieved over the past 12 months.
Artist in Residence Program Biographies
Jane is a solo electric violinist who uses dynamic live effects to create an orchestra sound on one violin. She is interested in collaborating with other artists to create performances that also involve theatrical, visual and projected art.
Elizabeth Ruby Batger
Ruby is a portrait painter currently studying at the National Art School in Sydney. She primarily works in a small scale with a limited or monochromatic palette. The subjects she paints are people in her life and images of people from film stills. She is inspired by the work of Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville, Francisco Goya, and Frank Auerbach.
Lillian Terese Cuda
Lillian is a contemporary artist and fashion designer. She draws and paints figurative pieces using a variety of media, but predominantly watercolour pencils. She also designs and creates her own clothing and textile artworks using a variety of materials. She completed a certificate in Applied Fashion Design at Wollongong West TAFE in 2012.