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Artists in residence - Robyne Young and Vernon Bartlett

14 Mar, 2023

Vernon Bartlett and Robyne Young connected through their specific arts practices of visual arts and writing several years ago. 

Their first collaboration in 2022 was the cover of Robyne’s anthology of short and micro-fiction Single Shots.  

A practising artist for more than 30 years and a two-time winner of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Art Awards, Vernon works in a range of mediums and has worked on projects including the 2013-2014 One River project and the Two Way project where Border artists partnered with emerging artists with intellectual disabilities.  

Robyne has worked as a broadcast and print journalist and began her creative writing journey in the late 1990s. She has had short, flash and micro fiction as well as poetry published in Australian and international anthologies. She has independently published three collections of short stories, has written a novel and regularly runs writing workshops.  

While in residence, Vernon and Robyne will respond to each other’s work in an Ekphrasis-reverse Ekphrasis style to illustrate what can develop when artists work together. They will also work on their own projects. 

The term ekphrasis refers to a literary work that vividly describes an artwork. For example, poems about paintings are called ekphrastic poems. Conversely, ekphrasis in reverse describes the opposite - visual artworks that depict written works.

Open studio dates

  • Saturday, April 22 - 10am to 3pm  
  • Saturday, May 20 - 10am to 3pm  
  • Saturday, June 17 - 10am to 3pm 

Hyphen’s Creative Studio residency offers an exciting space for artists, designers and other creatives to develop their work in a purpose-built artist’s studio within Hyphen - Wodonga Library Gallery. Hyphen artists in residence have unique opportunities to share knowledge and skills, be inspired and connect with the community in a vibrant cultural centre. This is the third residency in the creative studio program.

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