Artist-in-residence Jane Skeer embedded at Palace of Production (P.O.P) studio on Kangaroo Island

SA artist Jane Skeer in front of some artwork she made in Catherine Murphys creek bed at Emu Bay.

SA artist Jane Skeer in front of some artwork she made in Catherine Murphys creek bed at Emu Bay.

South Australian artist Jane Skeer was selected for the Kangaroo Island four week artist-in-residence opportunity provided by Country Arts SA in partnership with Catherine Murphy earlier this year.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the residency was postponed by several weeks.

Jane, who lives in Mount Gambier, arrived on Kangaroo Island on May 18.

"As a past Kangaroo Island resident, this is a unique opportunity to immerse myself back in the Island culture to observe, discuss, and research the effect of this natural disaster on its regional community," she said.

"I envisage this residency to provide room for timely conversations, regular informal local artist exchanges, schools, and community engagement.

"I am mostly excited by the possibility and challenge of reaching out and touching the whole community through art-making!

"Kangaroo Island is hurting right now, the bushfires ravaged its land and devastated its community.

"This is a chance to make a difference, a chance to tell their story in a method that will test my artistic merit, explore new methods of making and challenge my work ethic."

The residency honours the creative spirit of Cath Cantlon, who produced contemporary art and sculpture in her Palace of Production (P.O.P) studio, built behind the home she shared with her partner Catherine Murphy in Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island.

The residency provides a contemporary visual artist an opportunity to immerse themselves in artistic exploration in a well-equipped artist's studio, within the tranquil, natural surroundings of Kangaroo Island.

Cath Cantlon's working life was dedicated to extensive collaborations in theatre, film, community and public art, plus interior and exterior designs for new architectural builds, across regional and urban South Australia.

Jane Skeer BIO: Skeer graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art with First Class Honours in 2015, since then she has been actively exhibiting work throughout South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. Skeer's calendar for 2018 was bulging with activity, from collaborating with South African artist Francois Knoetze, to activating the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier. Skeer represented South Australia at BOAA - the Biennale of Australian Art, Ballarat.

In 2018, Skeer was Artist in Residence at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre and Loreto College, Marryatville and was awarded the 2018 Emerging Visual Artist of the Year at the Adelaide Critics Circle, 22nd Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts. In 2019, Skeer was a finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize, Pro Hart Art Prize, SALA: The Advertiser Contemporary Art Award and the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize at IMA, Brisbane. Her largest immersive work to date Twine was exhibited at the Walkway Gallery, Bordertown following a residency there.

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