South Australian artist and Gallery 1855 favourite Annabelle Collett is heading to Vietnam to take up a three-month art residency at the New Space Arts Foundation in Hue City.
Annabelle was awarded the residency by the pro-Asia engagement firm Asialink, and it will be funded by state government arts funding body ArtsSA. During her time in Vietnam Annabelle will explore site-specific items in developing sculptural works that look deeper into attitudes, sexuality and identities.
Annabelle Collett has worked as a professional artist, designer and craftsperson for over 30 years. Her constant explorations have engaged her in a variety of disciplines, applications and collaborations.
She is known for her sculptural elements, which primarily use fabric, as well as plastics, mosaic, metal, fibres and found objects. She explores the abstract coverings of both the body and the environment we live in, conveying them as resonators of social history, gender attitude and personal commentary.
In 2013 she facilitated the Fantastication creative development workshop series for the local community at Gallery 1855, helping participants create a large-scale wall installation made from plastic waste at the Golden Grove Arts Centre.
Recently she facilitated Material World, another workshop series where the creative outcomes were exhibited in the form of a large-scale installation in Tea Tree Gully’s Pine Park Reserve. For this community arts project, participants used fabric waste to create new objects and were encouraged by Annabelle to rethink about the things we throw away.
We send our congratulations to Annabelle.