The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the latest recipients of its residencies offered through the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills.
The program’s third consecutive year will see clarinettist, composer, improviser, curator, sound artist and performance-maker Aviva Endean (who was recently awarded a 2020 Art Music Fund grant) use her residency in November to explore further collaboration with cross-cultural ensemble The Cloud Maker, which includes Maori multi-instrumentalist Te Kahureremoa Taumata and Korean vocalist Sunny Kim, joined by Australian cellist Judith Hamann and drummer Maria Moles.
In December, composer Wally Gunn and librettist Maria Zajkowski will collaborate on a concert-length oratorio with dramatic staging, their second major collaboration, in December. They will conduct a 10-day residency with vocal ensemble The Consort of Melbourne to develop the new work, commissioned by the Albert H Maggs Composition Award.
As part of the program, which is supported by Ulrike Klein, the residency recipients will have exclusive access to UKARIA’s auditorium and Twin Peaks accommodation facilities adjacent to the Mount Barker Summit, as well as financial support to assist with the development of their new works.
“Giving artists the freedom to create, in nature, away from daily life is central to our vision,” said UKARIA CEO Alison Beare. “To see what flows from their time with us is often unexpected but always inspiring!”
“We are thrilled to be able to once again provide this residency for Australian musicians and composers that enables artistic groups to connect in an ideal setting for creativity and collaboration,” said Australia Council Head of Music Kirsty Rivers. “This is a great example of the positive impact of opportunities made possible through our co-investment partnerships.”