Who is the next resident artist?
Dub Leffler, a Bigambul children’s book author and illustrator, will undertake a virtual residency at Kluge-Ruhe from January 28 – April 30, 2021. An exhibition of his illustrations titled Dub Leffler: Darkish will be on view January 28 – June 27, 2021.
What is the artist residency program?
In 2010, the museum launched its artist residency program, which brings an Indigenous Australian artist to the University of Virginia to share their artwork in an exhibition and other programs. Australia Council for the Arts partnered with us on this program beginning in 2013 and continues their support today. Artists visit Charlottesville between September-November each autumn and between February-April each spring. The length of each residency varies from ten days to six weeks.
Why does the museum have an artist residency program?
We believe that Indigenous Australian art is as much about people as it is about art. Hearing an artist speak about their artwork brings it to life and creates meaning and relevance for our audience, many of whom have never met an Aboriginal person. One of our core institutional values is to amplify Indigenous voices by providing opportunities for Indigenous people to speak on behalf of their own cultures, especially after so many oppressive forms of silencing and erasure. Additionally, our collection is held and stored far away from the communities that created it, and it is of utmost importance that we provide them access to and information about the artworks.
What are artist residencies like?
Our goal is for artists to be integrated actively into the life of the University of Virginia by working on collaborative projects with, and guest lecturing to, UVA students and faculty in a variety of disciplines and departments. Unlike other residencies in which the artist has large blocks of uninterrupted time to produce a new body of work, at Kluge-Ruhe the artist acts as an ambassador of the Indigenous Australian contemporary art movement. They discover how their artwork is perceived by a foreign audience, explore new topics and disciplines, and gather ideas for future projects or bodies of work. Sometimes artists do create new work, but not always. We build on the artist’s strengths and interests to assist them in developing new skills and growing their international network. It is a program of sharing and cross-cultural exchange.
I am an Indigenous Australian artist. How do I apply?
Kluge-Ruhe partners with Australia Council for the Arts to invite artists to participate in the residency program. You can express your interest in our artist residency program by contacting us.
How do I learn more about what resident artists have done at Kluge-Ruhe?
To learn more about past artist residencies, see our Collaboration Archive. Past artists include: Vernon Ah Kee, Bianca Beetson, David Bosun, Nici Cumpston, Janet Fieldhouse, Julie Gough, Ricardo Idagi, Djambawa Marawili, Ricky Maynard, Carol McGregor, Reko Rennie, Yhonnie Scarce, Damien Shen and Judy Watson.
UVA faculty interested in engaging with our next visiting artist should see our UVA Faculty page.