2021 The Finishing School Collective & Marian Abboud

Creative in Residence
1st January, 2021 - 31st December, 2021

In 2021, our Creative in Residents will be embarking on a community led project that investigates and responds to the unique architecture and spaces of our Library. The Finishing School is an arts collective of women writers dedicated to creative excellence and exploration. Based in western Sydney, their work is inspired by and responsive to the communities and concerns of the area and beyond. As a collective they are committed to creating honest stories that create connections, propel conversations and encourage reflection. Felicity Castagna, Eda Gunaydin and Sheila Ngoc Pham are three award winning writers who form part of the Finishing School’s core directorship and who will be representing the collective on this project.

Marian Abboud is a multi-disciplinary artist who works across various technologies to create projected images that feed into performance, installation and site-specific works. Marian creates complex narratives from engaging with the community to build multi-layered works. Her art seeks to challenge perceptions of the land we inhabit and its complex historical and cultural narratives. The Finishing School and Marian Abboud have considerable experience collaborating together to create research-led installations that are playful, complex and invite audiences to participate in thoughtful and meaningful interactions with art.

During the residency, the collaborative project will engage students to respond to Library spaces through creative writing and poetry that will then be incorporated into the final installation. The results of the investigative and interactive process will produce a site-specific installation that invites consideration of our academic spaces and the stories from the communities that inhabit them.

The artists will be on-site at UTS Library, level 7, from the 12th – 23rd April, 10am-4pm.