New: the Durrmu Arts Residency Program

'Paper, stone and permutations'. Installation view, courtesy of the artist Izabela Pluta and This is no fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

'Paper, stone and permutations'. Installation view, courtesy of the artist Izabela Pluta and This is no fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

May 31, 2018

2018 has seen Durrmu Arts propel itself into a number of exciting new projects. Of these, our brand new residency program is particularly noteworthy - and represents a fun, challenging and fruitful opportunity for visitors and the Peppimenarti community alike.  

Selected creatives will be invited to live alongside community members in Peppimenarti for a number of weeks. Participating in daily life, rituals and learning as if a part of the family, the resident will engage in their own creative or academic practice alongside other community members. Ideally, the resident's practice, project or body of work will be informed by their experiences in Peppi - and result in a tangible outcome such as an exhibition, book, film, report, or project that reflects and documents their experiences. 

Expressions of interest are open for artists who are enthusiastic about spending time on country with the Peppi community members. Please note that this is not your average artist residency program, but an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity for residents to participate in a life-changing experience - one that is deeply connected to the principles of cultural exchange, knowledge sharing and relationship building. 

Our first creative resident will be Izabela Pluta - an artist and university lecturer from Sydney, NSW.

Izabela Pluta is a Polish born, Australian artist whose practice focuses on the misalignment between spatial and temporal experiences and states of displacement. Her creative process relies on immersing herself in specific locations to explore how place is manifested and how we form relationships with that which remains.

Pluta has exhibited widely in Australia and received several grants since 2008 including two Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants; The Qantas Foundation Contemporary Art Award; the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and an Ian Potter Cultural Grant. In 2012, she was commissioned to create Unset Typologies, a public artwork for the City of Melbourne. In 2017, Pluta was a finalist in the Bowness Photography Award at the Monash Gallery of Art, and in 2018 was shortlisted for the MAMA Foundation National Photographic Award. She is represented by This is no fantasy, Melbourne and is a lecturer in photography at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney.
In January 2018, Pluta spent some time on Yonaguni-jima (the westernmost inhabited island of Japan) exploring the mythologically disputed underwater formation commonly referred to as the ‘Yonaguni Monument’, that's located off the coast off the small island and only 100kms from Taiwan.  This site - according to scientists and historians - has disputed origin thereby prompting archaeologists to question whether it is in fact a natural form or cultural artefact. Thinking outwards from this experience as a probe for exploring processual phenomena and our engagement with the uncertainty of the ecologies of relation and place, Pluta is drawing on the fieldwork and the immersive qualities of deep water diving to develop a series of artworks for a set of iterative exhibitions.

To get in touch with questions or for more information about the 2018 Durrmu Arts Residency Program, please

Please note: This opportunity to really participate in the community is rarely presented to an outsider. Therefore, those selected will be expected to uphold a serious respect for the people, community and culture at hand, and a solid commitment to this program and the process of 'unlearning'.