Unique artist residency opportunity for creatives sharing a home
  • Thursday 07 May 2020
Creative Spaces, Courtney Scheu, Itamar Freed

Calling creative couples, co-conspirators, families, friends and flatmates - the Creative Spaces program is now inviting groups of two or more people inhabiting the same home to apply for the Collaborators (In Residence) opportunity.

The Photographers (In Residence) is underway with five local photographers currently sharing incredible images of their time in isolation.

This next co-habitative residency invites two or more people from the same or different disciplines to apply and offers $2000 for artist fees. 

Across one week, the assignment will challenge the artists to develop and document a creative outcome and along the way, they will have the opportunity for support and dialogue with talented artists, and couple, Courtney Scheu and Itamar Freed.

Deputy Mayor and Community Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said it was intriguing to see how our artists were responding to COVID-19 and living in isolation.

“It’s unusual and quite challenging to see the photography so far from Cooper Brady and Katrina Ford – these artists are inviting us into their homes and providing an insight into aspects of their lives that are usually held as personal,” Cr Baberowski said. 

“Through the Collaborators residency I imagine we’ll progressively see something quite different, where the artists can produce an art work, performance, installation or other forms of expression that suits their practice.”

On living and working with her partner and artist Itamar Freed, Courtney Scheu said by using collaborative processes, they learnt from each other – techniques, perspectives, ways to generate ideas – and enrich their practice.

Itamar Freed said together, artists could achieve more.

“Collaboration always initiates innovation and new ideas. When the ideas are coming from more than one source the combination can be very interesting, add other layers and more depth allowing the work to evolve in ways you would never expect." 

Applications are now open and four collaborating groups will be selected.

Submissions close 5pm, Tuesday 12 May.

Apply now or email artscoast@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for more information.


About the artists:

Itamar Freed

Born in 1987 in New York City, Itamar works and lives in London, UK. He has an MA in photography from the Royal College of Art, London 2018. He is the 2016 recipient of the Clore Bezalel Scholarship for an MA at the RCA valued over 70,000 GBP. Freed received his BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design 2012. Freed was selected to exhibit in the prestigious BEERS London Summer Marathon and will present a solo exhibition in 2020. Freed also won the first place prize for the EPSON Award for Excellence in Photography 2012. Freed showcased at Museum of London, Christie's Auction House and Grosvenor House, London, Pulse Miami, Volta New York, Nordart 2018, Germany, and Haifa Museum for Art. His work resides in private and public collections worldwide - the JP Morgan chase art collection, Estee Lauder, Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Collection and American Embassies collection. 

Courtney Scheu

Courtney is an independent dance artist and educator. Drawing from literature, visual arts, improvisation and natural environments, Scheu’s work plays between reality and dream-like scenarios creating layered experiences for audiences. Scheu is completing Gaga Teacher Training with Ohad Naharin Batsheva Dance Company (Tel Aviv) supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In 2020, she presented new a contemporary dance work created in collaboration with Freed in Supercell Contemporary Dance Festival Brisbane 2020. Scheu was part of Liesel Zink's 'Granite' - an intercultural artistic exchange exploring shifting landscapes with Amelia Stokes and Hong Kong artists Wayson Poon and Ivy Tsui. In 2018, Scheu was a collaborator in the development of new work co-directed by Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber for Legs on the Wall. In London, Scheu presented work in the Emerge Festival 2017 by C-12 Dance Theatre and Resolution 2018 at The Place. Scheu is committed to contributing to conversations of art, education and the cultural landscape of Australia.

Collaborative Bio 

The duo collaborate and aim to create representations of place that are a synthesis of natural landscape, history and people, transferred as a layered experience to an audience. They are creating work across forms in dance, sculpture, video and photography. Their dance work has been presented through indepenDANCE 2018 Phluxus2 Dance Collective and Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance 2019 and 2020. In 2019, Scheu and Freed were artists in residence through AIRIE - Artist in Residence in Everglades within the UNESCO World Heritage Everglades National Park Florida USA. Their work was exhibited in the Airie Nest Gallery in the Ernest F Coe. Visitor’s Center. They were recently Artists in Residence for Creative Spaces in The Crow’s Nest on Chamber’s Island, through the Sunshine Coast Council's Regional Arts Development Fund. In addition, their work has been presented in Sculpture by the Sea 2018 Bondi Beach and in Sculpture by the Sea 2019 Cottesloe through the Sculpture Inside Exhibitions, Swell Gold Coast 2019 as well as through the BigCi Open Day Bilpin, Australia October 2017.

Image credit: Courtney and Itamar. Photo Sarah Michelle Rupert