Rochelle Haley: residency report November 2017

Rochelle Haley, North Arm Cove Beach, Gunyah residency November 2017

"The house and surrounds of Gunyah were immediately relaxing and reminded me a lot of growing up on the south coast of NSW. The 70s character and ‘handmade’ feel of the place had a welcoming and unexpected nostalgic presence – you can tell this is a place much loved by those who made it. All of this made an excellent environment to let go of regular work stress and open up space for creative thinking. The first few days of the residency I took really slowly - reading in the sun, walking through the bush, checking out the local and holiday houses nearby, swimming and watching wallabies.

The studio space had a fantastic view with lots of windows overlooking the bushy garden and water. I really enjoyed working in the space and watching the light change across the day. The second week of the residency was really productive - I finished a number of paintings and still had time for a swim or a long walk after. The paintings developed in a somewhat different way than I imagined they would – ending up with a much calmer blue/green palette and more simplified pulled back abstract forms. The last two painting were based on the geometric structure of the first two, with small variations and more formal elements edited out of the composition. I am really pleased with the progress of this work and look forward to continuing this series back in Sydney over the coming months.

The time and space of the Gunyah residency was much appreciated - thank you Kath Fries and the other Gunyah owners!"

Rochelle Haley
Gunyah residency report, November 2017

Rochelle Haley, The downstairs studio, Gunyah residency November 2017
Rochelle Haley, Paintings outside the studio, Gunyah residency November 2017
Rochelle Haley, Paintings outside the studio, Gunyah residency November 2017
Rochelle Haley, Paintings outside the studio, Gunyah residency November 2017
Rochelle Haley, Reading on the balcony, Gunyah residency November 2017
Rochelle Haley, Hyacinth-ordchid, Gunyah residency November 2017

Milan Ring: residency report October 2017

Milan Ring, Gunyah residency October 2017.

My family and I had such a beautiful time at Gunyah. My mum, best friend Christina Bou and I celebrated Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights - we lit up the house with candles and mum cooked up lots of vegan family recipes. It was a perfect way to spend Diwali. I swum each day and went on many walks with my dog Nas. We painted, ate so much healthy food and I created a lot of new music. Truly living the dream we were. Gunyah is such an inspiring space, gazing over the top of my laptop at the trees and the water made me feel like the music was truly connected to nature. We saw many wallabies and joeys, and were lucky to see two dolphins swim right past the peer as we were standing on it! A huge thank you to the Gunyah team and family for sharing this incredible space.

Milan Ring with her mum, Trinka Mustard, and Christina Bou. Gunyah residency October 2017.
Milan Ring studio setup, Gunyah residency October 2017.
Dominic Kirk, Gunyah residency October 2017.
Milan Ring and Christina Bou, Gunyah residency October 2017.
Milan Ring, Venus Fly Trap, 2017,

Venus Fly Trap is a visual beat tape released though my label MXMAY. I worked on Venus Fly Trap in four locations; Los Angeles, Sydney City, Melbourne Macedon Ranges and Gunyah. I was very inspired by the contrast of these spaces and how ones environment effects ones work. Looking specifically at nature vs. man-made & analogue vs. digital.

Milan Ring
Gunyah Residency Report, October 2017

Rochelle Haley: upcoming artist-in-residence

Rochelle Haley in her studio, photo Owen Craven.

Rochelle Haley is an artist and researcher, based in Sydney, who works with experimental drawing, expanded painting, movement and spatial performance practice. She is a lecturer at UNSW Art & Design. Rochelle's projects involve live drawing, dance, painting and installation to explore space structured around the sensation of the moving body. She is interested in the relationship between bodies and the physical environments they move in; exploring movement both in the creative process as well as in how the work is viewed. Rochelle's most recent exhibitions include Afterglow, a participatory, collaborative, painting and dance choreographed performance at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in September 2017;  Bare Loggia at Galerie PomPom Sydney in May 2017; Spin at Museum of Contemporary Art ARTBAR Sydney, 2016; Patternation at Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Through Form at Galerie Pompom, Sydney, in 2015.

Rochelle Haley, Afterglow rehearsal with Angela Goh and Ivey Wawn, 2017,
photo Jessica Maurer, source Concreteplayground

My Gunyah residency project will expand on my explorations into geometric designs and patterns of dance notation through the lens of contemporary abstract painting. Choreographic notational systems of influential dance theorists and practitioners including Rudolf Laban and Noa Eshkol will be referenced as rich inspiration material for abstract paintings and the source of compositions for colourful abstract works made with acrylic paint and translucent resin while in residence. I plan to begin with colour studies working with acrylic painting on board followed by multiple layers of colourful translucent resin painting. The final paintings will likely be glossy abstract paintings that draw compositional structure from the intricate geometric detail and motifs of dance notation and are inspired by the contrasting colours and clashing hues of the modernist period in which Laban and Eshkol worked. 

Rochelle Haley, Flow – Red Yellow Bronze, 2016, 
acrylic, ink, Oregon veneer and resin on board, 76 x 46 cm

To see more of Rochelle's work go to her website

Call for 2018 Gunyah AIR applications

Applications for the 2018 Gunyah artists-in-residence program are now open!

Gunyah residency call for 2018 applications, photo courtesy Yvette Hamilton (Gunyah AIR July 2014) 

Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted until 30 November 2017

Visual artists, writers, composers, performance artists, curators, new media, designers, arts administrators and other creators are be welcome to apply for solo, collaborative, family and group residencies. The Gunyah AIR 2018 program will run from May to November, with seven residencies, each for eleven days. Please see the 2018 online application form for specific dates. 

If you are interested in applying for the 2018 AIR program, please read "About Gunyah" - - and note there is a residency fee of $400 (for eleven days or part thereof) and a $50 key deposit. You'll need your own vehicle to access the North Arm Cove area and Gunyah. Then fill out the 2018 online application form.

Application deadline 30 November 2017 

Please email Kath at if you have further questions

Gunyah residence

Milan Ring: upcoming artist-in-residence

Milan Ring is a Sydney based musician whose 2014 Debut EP Glassy Eyes, caused the Sydney Morning Herald to name Milan the “Next Big Thing”. She garnered radio, press, media and industry support, performing at the Alicia Keys and John Legend Arena show and being whisked away to LA to meet with top of Universal Music Group at the time Zack Horowitz. Freshly returning to Australia from a mentorship in LA with Neff-U (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar), performances in Jakarta, Bali, NYC & LA, armed with a degree in sound engineering and a Universal Publishing deal, Milan is preparing for her second EP release, an international tour and a plethora of creative projects in 2017. 

Milan Live at SoulFest 2014, photo by Peter Dov 20 October 2014

Drawing on the rich influences of her Chinese, Indian and Australian heritage Milan has developed a strong sense of musicality that is uniquely her own, from vocal inflections and phrasing to innovative production, Milan's creative processes disentangle existing modes by constantly adapting to form new sounds, assemblages and lyrical tracks. Milan's music has been described as hypnotic, with its impossible electric guitar runs, her trademark sultry dreamscape voice and effortlessly interwoven synths & samples. When composing her songs Milan also makes the beats, plays the keys, synths, bass, records and mixes and is across the production of each of her songs. The Gibson endorsed artist fluidly moves between being a masterful lead guitarist, multi-instrumentalist to a singer, songwriter, producer and business woman. Whether for herself or writing and collaborating with other artists, Milan creates a brand of music that shimmies across the sensibilities of Electronic, R&B, Jazz and Hip Hop.
"Meet Milan, she is about to get a spoon, dig out a little spot in your heart and make herself comfortable ... her songs draw on life experiences, family relationships and stories from her years of working and growing up in Sydney’s Inner West, but her storytelling is often cryptic and open to interpretation. Topics like love, loss, depression, drugs and addiction weave through her words. Passages of rap-influenced double-time singing, mixed with strong and soulful hooks show the influence of the black music of North America, but her voice is still distinctly Australian." (Triple J Unearthed)
Milan Press Shot with Gibson, photo by Melissa Cowan, 16 March 2016

During my residency at Gunyah I plan to set up a recording studio in the lounge room, look out through those big windows and observe the trees and the birds. Sit on the balcony with my notepad and write poetry and lyrics. Go for bush walks, do my yoga down on the peer and meditate by the water. I will be starting work on my debut album and the beginning stages of any project is always the most exciting time, where ideas are all bouncing around, so to have a residency at this stage, means a change of environments allowing the space and freedom to create and explore ideas. I am so inspired by the Australian bush and the space at Gunyah, I think it adds something uniquely Australian to my music.

To hear some of Milan's music go to her website