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New Artist in Residence at Coolart

Tuesday 5 December, 2017

The new ‘Artist in Residence’ at Coolart Homestead, Rosa Mar Tato Ortega, is currently setting up her studio at the historic homestead, her base for the next six months.

For Rosa it’s a return to a familiar location, having spent 25 years holidaying in Somers in her youth.

During the six-month residency, sponsored by Parks Victoria, Rosa will produce and present a new body of site-related works which explore and encapsulate the meaning and significance of Coolart, Somers and the local community.

“Personal experience is at the centre of my sculpture practice,” she says. “My work unfolds through connections to community, site, and new methods of making, and so I like to get involved in community-based research such as recording cultural stories and shared experiences.”

Gaining a ‘Sense of Place’ is the focus of her intention to engage with the Somers Community, and she’s inviting people to visit her studio space and bring with them important objects and collected items relating to Somers, as well as photographs, maps and stories to share.

Rosa is dedicating some Friday mornings for such conversations and asks that people make a booking for these small gatherings. There is not cost to attend.

Friday, December 8 and 15,  10.30am – 12.00pm.

Bookings essential. Limited to 5 people per session. Wheelchair accessible.

For those unable to make it to Coolart, letters are also welcome. Rosa loves the written word and receiving letters! They can be sent C/Coolart or via email

All photos will be returned if sent by mail.

Rosa will also run a series of workshops early next year on ‘Captivation and Inspiration’ - How to start a Visual Diary - which uses conversations and examples both of artists’ diaries through time and contemporary visual diaries.

An exhibition of Rosa’s work made during her residency will be held at Coolart in May 2018.

Visit for further details.

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