Inspiration during isolation: The long-term benefits of artist residencies

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From playful figures to bathtub performances, artists are using the intense residencies of their past to create unexpected new works in the COVID-19 lockdown.

Given the state of Australian and international border closures over the last year resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the thought of travelling internationally for an artist residency sounds like an otherworldly opportunity. Artists and creatives were stuck within a five km radius for months on end (according to Victorian COVID-19 social distancing guidelines), and catalysts to create were scarce.

Matt Siddall

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