You are here

Coolart Artist Connecting with Local History

Monday 12 February, 2018

Artist Rosa Mar Tato Ortega is on a mission to discover the history and stories of the Somers area and Coolart Homestead.

As artist in residence at the historic homestead, Rosa is keen to connect with local people, and to hear their anecdotes, stories, gossip and local knowledge.

“My work unfolds through connections to community, place, and new methods of making, so community-based research like hearing cultural stories and shared experiences is an important part of the process.”

One local craftsman she has caught up with is Bill Dickinson who creates original walking sticks from local timber. As a long-term Coolart volunteer Bill is also sharing his stories with Rosa on the local culture and community.

Rosa has an open invitation to anyone who would like to drop in for a visit and a chat at her studio at Coolart.

It’s right next to the Friends of Coolart shop, and she will be there on Tuesdays and Fridays between 12 and 4pm.

For other catch up times contact her on

Rosa is also planning a series of workshops on Visual diaries called ‘Captivation and Inspiration’

using examples of artists’ diaries through time and contemporary visual diaries.

For more information go to

During her time at Coolart Rosa is also available for artist talks to school, social and community groups.

An exhibition of Rosa’s work made during her residency will be held at Coolart in May this year.

The artist in residence program at Coolart is sponsored by Parks Victoria.

Media enquiries
Sally Nowlan

Parks Victoria media centre