Celia Cox

Textiles and Printmaking Studio
February to May 2024

Celia is a textile artist, based in Gulumoerrgin/Darwin. Her formal training in fashion design and garment construction has morphed into an obsession with all textile and dyeing processes.

Her current focus is silk painting; exploring this medium as a site for experimentation and subversion. The artist residency is an opportunity to explore the traditional ‘mistakes’ within the silk painting process; investigate these nuances and by doing so, subvert the traditional boundaries of the medium. While working from within questions of how the environment of Gulumoerrgin/Darwin during the wet season affects the interaction of materials.


Celia will also be holding an exhibition in the Tactile Arts Gallery from October 4th - October 19th.

See more about Celia's work here


Exhibition Opening
Friday, 4 October 2024 at 5.30pm

Workshops  TBA

Anne-Marie Cullinan

Textiles, Printmaking & Ceramics Studio

to December 2024


Anne-Marie is passionate about sensory learning and the resulting benefits to well-being. During her Masters by Research at Charles Darwin University into the effects of material handling, she developed a painting process described as contemporary fresco.

The multicultural Darwin community is her subject, her artwork seeks to reveal the subject's energy within the layered ebb and flow of paint and plaster, combined with her own artistic energy. The paintings explore the flow state, as the tactile materials drive the art creation. Smooth plaster, vibrant paint, and ochres are combined on a board to create a unique painting ground. Portraits are drawn in charcoal onto the ground and then sculpted in skim plaster as low bas-relief. Watercolour paint is applied over the plaster and then sanded or eroded with water to achieve a timeless textural surface. Her palette is inspired by the mineral paints of Renaissance fresco and the vibrant ochres of the Northern Territory, creating a connection in this practice between the two hemispheres of the earth.

Anne-Marie wishes to challenge her contemporary fresco process during the residency by experimenting in three dimensions. Building on past ceramic experience, she aims to create sculptural forms that receive plaster and paint. The fresco process will flow over the sculpted forms, revealing embedded portraiture and creating colourful, tactile sculptures.

Originally a commercial designer from England, she now lives and works in Darwin as an artist and educator.



See more of Anne-Marie's work here
Workshops TBA

Denise Van Horen

Glass and Jewellery Studio
May to August 2024

Denise grew up and still lives in the Blue Mountains. She has been inspired by her dad, a tradesman in carpentry who went on to make a living, designing and making timber furniture. This is where her love for creating and making started. She has been sewing and making Macramé since the 80s and still has a passion for both these disciplines. Signing up for a Principles and Methods of Design class which included Jewellery, interior and graphics opened many new possibilities. She continued with jewellery using materials such as glass beads, crystals and semi-precious stones and
continued to do Silverwork while incorporating one of her favourite materials to work with into her designs- Australian Hardwoods.
Denise is always on the lookout for new inspiration and loves to meet up with and learn from older artists who are masters in their trade. Recently through her work, she met up with an artist who creates beautiful handmade Tin Toys. It is through meeting others interested in preserving old-style techniques (sometimes becoming obsolete due to technology) that Denise can see new ways of creating that special piece from items around her. Everything that is learned is useful as it can be adapted into an intricate piece of jewellery or a large-scale sculpture.
To further her skills Denise attended a workshop in Bellingen in Northern NSW with Keith Lo Bue on “Found Objects”. This workshop focused on creating jewellery and art from found objects. This is also where she was introduced to Mobile making. Denise is passionate about her work and equally passionate about using natural fibres or upcycling items that could otherwise end up in landfills and encourages others to do the same in her classes. Denise works out of her “shed” in Blackheath. Old tools line the walls, mobiles, Macramé pieces and sculptures of varying sizes hang from the ceiling, and an old patinaed printer’s cabinet takes a prominent position on the back wall. This holds an array of gemstones and an eclectic collection of found objects waiting to inspire. Whether it be making an intricate piece of jewellery, balancing mobiles, or just playing around with wire and tin for sculptures, this is when she is most relaxed and content.
Denise sells her work at market stalls, privately and through local shops.




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Workshops TBC

Cover Image: Ioanna Thymianidis, Future Relic, aluminium self portrait in lost PLA casting, 2022.