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Amor Residency at Baldessin Studio

This residency allows a visual artist to explore works on paper, particularly printmaking. The artist will be able to use research material from the Library and the studio facilities at Baldessin Studio.

The residency includes:

  • $5,000 funding
  • Baldessin Studio access
  • accommodation
  • $5,000 support
  • desk space at the Library for 12 months
  • access to collections and Library staff expertise.

The funding is based on one month of work in the Library, either continuous or broken up over the year.

2024 recipient

Tom Sevil – Bird's Eye View: Red Line Through

Tom Sevil is an artist, muralist, community art facilitator, and printmaker. He is a self-taught and studio-trained printmaker and has worked as a graphic designer on multiple print projects. He has also painted over 30 murals across Melbourne.

He will use the collection to research the symbols and iconography of Australian colonialism, as well as the historical printmaking techniques used in these designs. Sourcing imagery from coats of arms, flags, nature lists and classification, map legends, map ownership boundaries, and early etchings documenting Australia's natural environment.

This research will inform a series of prints that rework the colonial imagery and explore the aesthetics of different printing techniques. Breaking down colonial signifiers as an act of historical, personal and public healing.

About Rick Amor and Baldessin Studio

Built from bluestone in 1971, Baldessin Studio is 50 kilometres from Melbourne in the bushland of St Andrews. It's named in memory of its builder: artist, printmaker and sculptor George Baldessin (1939 to 1978).

Artist Rick Amor, Meg Williams and Baldessin Studio generously support the Amor Residency at Baldessin Studio.

Previous recipients

Learn more about the inspiring projects undertaken by past and present fellows in our fellows gallery.

  • 2022: Dr Ry Haskings with the project Boxes, bars and rules: Abstraction through newspaper design and historical networks, which investigated new purposes for seemingly outdated modes of traditional newspaper design.
  • 2019: Judith Martinez with the exhibition and artist's book Australis Grandiflora, a speculative historical narrative of fictional botanist Eleanor Nightingale and her quest to discover a mythical bloom.
  • 2018: Glen Skien with the etchings and artist's book Poetics of Ephemera, which explored the Library's archives of ephemera resources such as letters, postcards, family photos, diaries and materials that exist within the margins of historically significant narratives.
  • 2017: Kyoko Imazu with the etchings and artist's book Following the Secret Hiding Spots - Exploring Childhood Memories and Imagination, which explored imagination and memories from her childhood in Japan and juxtaposed them with the Australian landscape.
  • 2016: Rosalind Atkins with the project Behind the big brick wall of Alphington Paper Mill, which explored the concept of relationship to place and the impact that developmental changes to her local environment will have on her art practice.