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Tate Adams Memorial Residency at Baldessin Studio

This residency allows an artist to create a limited edition or unique state artist's book using research material from the Library and the studio facilities at Baldessin.

The residency includes:

  • $5000 funding, Baldessin Studio access, accommodation and support to the value of $5000
  • desk space at the Library for 12 months
  • access to collections and Library staff expertise.

The funding is based on 1 month of work in the Library, either continuous or broken up over the year.

2024 recipient

Dr Perdita Phillips: Anticipatory archive – mapping lithic traces from colonial pasts to spectral or regenerative futures

Perdita is an artist who has worked with environmental issues and social change since 1991. She will explore the cartographic hachures, notations, symbols and stains in the maps of early geologists and see if connections can be made between historical imagery and present and future environmental issues.

This project focuses on rocks and the underground as ways to picture 'deep time' and builds on Perdita's previous research and artmaking on anticipatory archives.

Western Australian artist Dr Perdita Phillips has long been concerned with interactions between human and nonhuman worlds. Perdy has exhibited across Australia and internationally, creating cyanotypes, prints, videos, installations and drawings relating to rocks, plants, animals and ecosystems.

About Tate Adams and Baldessin Studio

Tate Adams AM (1922 to 2018) started the artist print department at RMIT in 1960 and championed printmaking in Australia. His students included George Baldessin.

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).

The Tate Adams Residency at Baldessin Studio is generously supported by writer and critic Morag Fraser and Baldessin Studio.

Previous recipients

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

  • 2022: Zo Damage with the project Note Worthy, which used film and cameraless photography to depict Melbourne live music creative hubs impacted by the pandemic.
  • 2019: August Carpenter with the artist's book Terra Incognita, which takes the physical form of a series of large-scale monoprints depicting the rapidly changing horizon lines of glacial landscapes in the Antarctic ice shelf.