Monash University Fine Artist wins Collingwood Yards Residency

Image: Kate’s installation Room of Lucky Charms for the Jackson Bella Room Commission, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Photo by Levon Baird.

Monash University lecturer and recent PhD graduate, Dr Kate Beynon, has been announced as the 2021 Bank of Melbourne Collingwood Resident at Collingwood Yards.

The unanimous choice of the judging panel, Dr Beynon has been awarded with a $30,000 package of  support for a start-up creative enterprise. The package consists of a large studio space, a $10,000 Bank of Melbourne account and professional development opportunities.

Director of Collingwood Yards Sophie Travers congratulated Dr Beynon on her success.

“Kate is an artist with so much to offer the Collingwood Yards community,” she said. “We are delighted to welcome her and support her beautiful work and connections to our creative tenants and Collingwood neighbours.”

Dr Beynon was selected from over 150 applicants across a wide variety of disciplines and depth of experience. The panel was particularly drawn to her enthusiasm for collaboration and for experimentation, as well as the diversification of her practice drew the attention of the panel. Dr Beynon also caught the attention of the panel through her grounded and innovative plans to hatch a creative business throughout the course of the residency.

The Residency is the latest in a long line of achievements for Dr Beynon. Her painting “Collaborative spirits” was a finalist for the 2021 Archibald Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious art awards.

Image: Kate’s Archibald nominated artwork, Collaborative Spirits 2021, acrylic on linen, 81.1 x 91.2cm. Image courtesy Kate Beynon & Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. ©️ Kate Beynon

A self-portrait of the artist with her son and their dog, Dr Beynon said of the piece:

“The work itself is about collaboration, colour, family, multi-generational and mixed cultural identity, canine companions, auspicious imagery, a love of fashion, and art connections.

Our family has an eclectic mix of migrant cultural backgrounds who are all grateful to live on Boon Wurrung, Woi Wurrung, Wurundjeri Kulin Nations Country in Naarm.”

Dr Beynon recently completed her PhD in Fine Art at Monash, with her research focused on storytelling, mixed cultural identity and family connections, feminist strategies in contemporary art, and material explorations around water-based media across diverse art forms.

In addition to her practice as an artist, Dr Beynon also teaches in Fine Art at Monash, sharing her expertise with her students, as they experiment with different media, methods, and ideas.

“It’s really inspiring working with our students as emerging artists alongside my colleagues who are all wonderful practising artists. I teach with Michael Vale and Rosslynd Piggot in Contemporary Practices, with added support from the fantastic technical staff who are also artists. Our students often come up with inventive approaches, and there’s a dynamic communal spirit in the studios.”

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