2017 British School at Rome Residency

16 February 2017

Kate Power, an emerging sculpture and installation artist and School of Art, Architecture and Design (UniSA) graduate has been selected for the 2017 Helpmann Academy British School at Rome Residency, valued at $20,000.

The British School at Rome (BSR) Residency is an opportunity for an emerging South Australian visual artist to undertake a three-month residency at the BSR, Britain’s leading humanities institute and one of the most prestigious foreign academies in the Italian capital.

Kate will be allocated studio space at the BSR, including residential accommodation. Taking place over April-June 2017, Kate will have access to the school’s world-renowned research facilities, a thriving artistic community, and all the culture and history Rome has to offer.

At the end of the residency, Kate will also exhibit her work in the BSR’s prestigious June ‘Mostra’, alongside visual artists from all over the world.

Kate graduated from UniSA with a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours in 2014. Since then she has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally. In 2016 she undertook artist residencies in Iceland and New York City, as well as showing her work in solo and group exhibitions. She also co-curated the highly acclaimed multi-venue exhibition Vote For Me at Format, Fontanelle and Feltspace.

Kate said she felt very honoured to receive the residency. “Spending three months in Rome and researching the sculpture, architecture and daily life there will stimulate exciting new material and conceptual directions in my work.”

“I make sculptures and videos to consider the way social constructions can complicate the way people relate to one another and I’m interested in how Roman sculptural and architectural insights will motivate my work. This is a unique opportunity that I feel very lucky to have been given.” Kate said.

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO, said that the application round for the 2017 BSR Residency was extremely competitive.

“This was an incredibly strong round of applications, which just goes to show how much talent South Australia has to offer. These emerging artists are motivated and committed to developing their careers, and Kate is an excellent example of this. The selection panel has no doubt that she will make the most of this fantastic opportunity.”

The residency is generously funded by David and Pam McKee and the Wood Foundation. Kate was announced as the recipient of the residency by David McKee at the 2017 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition VIP Vernissage.

Photo: Pam McKee, Kate Power & David McKee. Photo by Russell Millard.

Congratulations Kate, we can’t wait to see the outcomes of your residency!