Grindell’s Hut 2020 Recipient Announced

South Australian visual artist Edwina Cooper has been selected from a statewide pool of applicants for the three week Grindell’s Hut Artist-in-Residence program.

The Grindell’s Hut Artist-in-Residence program is a partnership between Country Arts SA, the Department for Environment and Water and the Vulkathunha‐Gammon National Park’s Co-Management Board, National Parks South Australia and Natural Resources SA Arid Lands.

The residency will take place in the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park in the Northern Flinders Rangers.

Ms Cooper said she felt “surprised and honoured” to be the 2020 Grindell’s Hut residency recipient.

“I expect this experience will be a challenge for both myself and my arts practice, as I’ll be immersing myself in an entirely different landscape than what I wouldn’t ordinarily. I come from an ocean / sailing background, so I’ll be looking for parallels and polarities in my experiences both at sea and whilst on location at Grindell’s Hut.”

The vision for the residency program is to provide an environment of extraordinary natural beauty with historic significance for artists to pursue their practice while immersed in an outback environment. The park forms part of the traditional country of the Adnyamathanha people and is rich with cultural significance. It is also a haven for many rare and endangered plants and animals.

She will have the opportunity to meet with local Adnyamathanha community members and will be supported to ensure correct protocols are respected and followed and the Adnyamathanha community feels welcome and able to engage with the project.

“While at Grindell’s Hut, one of the projects I will be working on is the creation and compilation of pages to become part of an artist book documenting my experiences,” she said. “I hope to run a workshop where the community can make a contribution to these pages also.”

The residency takes place in October 2020.

The 2019 Grindell’s Hut resident artist Fran Callen is exhibiting work she created while at the Hut from 3 October – 4 November at Yarta Purtli Art Gallery in Port Augusta. Official exhibition opening in on Saturday 3 October at 3 pm and Fran will be running a free workshop on Sunday 4 October also at 3pm – bookings essential [email protected]


Image credit Steph Fuller.