KI artist Janine Mackintosh headed to the Limestone Coast

IN HER ELEMENT: Kangaroo Island assemblage artist Janine Mackintosh is in her element in the natural landscape.

IN HER ELEMENT: Kangaroo Island assemblage artist Janine Mackintosh is in her element in the natural landscape.

Kangaroo Island artist Janine Mackintosh has been selected as one of 10 artists to participate in the Land Arts of the Limestone Coast Retreat in November.

Janine will spend her time focusing on landscape history and artistic research in the exploration of land use. It is a 10-day field retreat visiting key sites that tell the story of the region as a "changescape".

The assemblage artist from D'Estrees Bay on Kangaroo Island said she is thrilled to be selected.

"The 'nudge' I received in 2016 from the 'Island to Inland' curators to 'not work in a frame' resulted in my most exciting creative period since beginning my full time art practice in 2008," she said.

"I've continued to explore three-dimensional ideas and look forward to not only working out of a frame but also outside of studio and gallery spaces and in the field.

"This Land Art project appeals to me as the perfect opportunity to do just that.

"I'll relish the opportunity to engage with the project's broad range of collaborators to extend my artistic research of land use history, in a new region that I've never visited before.

"We then return a year later to make art. I like that there's time for our ideas to emerge after the first stage of intensive research.

"This experience, working alongside nine other artists from a broad range of places, backgrounds and art practices, should result in another positive leap forward in my professional development."

Country Arts SA this week announced the 10 artists selected to participate in the Land Arts of the Limestone Coast Retreat in November.

The artists were selected from a competitive field of over 80 applicants from across the globe.

The Retreat is a 10-day field trip for 10 artists that encourages artistic research in the exploration of land use.

"Our selected artists are inspiring choices with exceptional sensitivity for regional engagement and curiosity about landscape history and cultural practices, both old and new," said Merilyn de Nys, creative programs manager at Country Arts SA.

The artists work across the multi-disciplinary fields of drawing, video, sound, performance, dance, assemblage and site specific art.

Artists will travel from New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia and from as far as the United States of America.

Selected artists are: Judith Roberts Qld, Grayson Cooke NSW, Dr Jesse Budel SA, Janine Mackintosh SA, Dr Fiona Kemp NSW, Elaine Clocherty WA, Cynthia Schwertsik SA, Edward Carey Austin Texas USA, Tess de Quincey NSW and Simryn Gill NSW/Singapore.

The participants were chosen by a panel of peers: Dr Melentie Pandilovski, Director Riddoch Art Gallery, Dr Linda Marie Walker, Writer, and Artist, Merilyn de Nys, Creative Programs Manager Country Arts SA and Nick Keys, Curator of Land Arts of the Limestone Coast.

Additionally Dr Jesse Budel and Cynthia Schwertsik were selected to undertake a three week residency each at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

"We are delighted to be providing residencies at our arts centres to South Australian artists Jesse Budel and Cynthia Schwertsik at a crucial time in their careers," Country Arts SA art programs director, Anthony Peluso said.

"Supporting artists is at the core of what we do at Country Arts SA and this new opportunity celebrates the intrigue and beauty of the Limestone Coast."

Schwertsik is hesitant to define or pigeonhole her practice. She works across performance and visual arts, often in site-specific situations where she responds to a space and often leaves no trace. Also creating video and photography, she produces powerful imagery inspired by landscape and public space.

Budel is a composer-performer, sound artist, curator and arts entrepreneur who hails from Murray Bridge. His works are for diverse media and spaces, ranging from acoustic concert instrumentation through to installation works.

Land Arts of the Limestone Coast Retreat is produced by Country Arts SA in partnership with Riddoch Art Gallery, City of Mount Gambier and supported by SA Power Networks, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts South Australia, and University of Canberra.

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