NANCY FAIRFAX STUDIO RESIDENCY - Tweed River Art Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre - September 2017
In September 2017, Rafferty spent two weeks as Artist in Residence in the Nancy Fairfax Studio attached to the Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW.
Through the Margaret Olley Art Centre, the Tweed Regional Gallery offers a unique experience of Margaret Olley’s home studio, provide insight into Australian art history and practice, and honours the artist’s legacy of mentorship and patronage. The Nancy Fairfax Artist-In-Residence (AIR) studio program encourages arts practice and creative engagement between artist, community and place. The AIR studio extends and completes the re-creation of Margaret Olley’s home studio at Tweed Regional Gallery. Throughout her professional life, Margaret Olley supported many artists through mentorship and financial assistance. To Margaret, the most productive ways of supporting artists were to encourage the public exhibition of an artist’s practice and to encourage sales and during her lifetime, she mentored a number of younger artists and encouraged their representation in public and private collections. She actively supported artists and advanced their careers through purchasing works for collections or offering artists the opportunity to further their development through fellowship programs. The AIR studio program offers artists an opportunity to stimulate their practice in a creative environment.