Australia to the Arctic

Published by: Katrina Newman | 24-May-2017
Local artist contemporary jeweller Katrina Newman is the first Australian to be selected to participate on the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency in the Yukon Territory this July and August.
Venue: Katrina's Art Studio
Address: 69 Cinerama Crescent, McCrae VIC 3938 Australia
Date: 10 & 11 June 2017
Time: 10am to 5pm
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Katrina was chosen from 42 applicants to paddle in sub arctic Canada, 735 kilometres on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, arriving just in time to participate in the Riverside Arts Festival.

"I"ve always understood that to create great work or to achieve greatness you will never do it by playing safe, so what better way to work outside my comfort zone than in the wilds of northern Canada." says Katrina.

Katrina is running a fundraising campaign with the support of the Australian Cultural Fund to assist with the direct costs of the Residency. All donations are Tax Deductible; please click on this link to support her campaign.

The cost of participating in the residency is $3200, plus the equipment, which Katrina has received a 60% adventure sponsorship discount for from an Australian outdoor specialist supplier.

"It"s going to be a wonderful opportunity for me on this adventure, a once in a lifetime experience. I"ll be paddling through the wilderness on the Yukon River; enveloped by the natural beauty of the Canadian fauna, flora, and rugged countryside. Away from the safety of my studio, I"ll be compelled to explore my new environment, the different landscapes, to draw on the new colours & light, the new materials & textures."

Geography has a huge impact on Katrina"s jewellery. "My work has always been heavily influenced by the changing landscapes of my life; in each ring or pendant you can glimpse into the Australian desert, the sea and its shores, and from travels that include West African countries Ghana & Mali. The remoteness & exploration associated with this residency, the time to connect with the people & places will give me the opportunity to keep expanding & challenging my practice."

Katrina has started preparing a small selection of tools to take on the adventure, some emery paper, files, and pliers. At the Riverside Arts Festival in Dawson City Katrina will have the opportunity to exhibit her work and provide a short training course for young people.

Katrina will be opening her studio on the Queens Birthday weekend 10 & 11 June. Please join her to launch this campaign at 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae. Katrina will be offering light refreshments an exhibition of her current work, plus a door prize of a pair of her beautiful lamp work glass bead earrings to one lucky visitor.

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