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Beverley Mitchell of KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, completes International Fellowship in Canada

Posted on: 2 September 2011

Beverley Mitchell, General Manager, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns

Beverley Mitchell, another successful recipient of M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program, has completed an International Fellowship in Canada.  Beverley is General Manager with KickArts Contemporary Arts in Cairns. Her placement was with the Fonderie Darling (Darling Foundry) in Montreal, Canada.

The Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is being offered again for 2012 – see the end of this article for details.

Beverley shares her experiences of her International Fellowship:

My Fellowship gave me valuable insight into the international network of artist residencies and exchanges and how to tap into and leverage existing structures. I was given direction to several international support services for residency providers, as well as direction to examples of many differing and successful residency models.


During my placement I was able to examine how the Fonderie Darling (FD) funded, administered, selected and evaluated their Artist in Residency programs. I was provided with access to artists’ contracts and program budgets for study and evaluation.


The Fonderie Darling had two international residents in house at the time of my visit and I held extensive interviews with both artists. The FD also hosts nine Montreal-based artists, many of whom have undertaken international residencies in recent years, and I was able to interview seven of these artists.


I also had the opportunity to meet with a Montreal-based Master Printmaker, Paul Machnik, who frequently works with Inuit artists. We discussed the logistics of residencies he hosts in Montreal for remote-based Indigenous artists, as well as his remote delivery workshops in the Cape Dorset community. My Fellowship has resulted in a professional relationship between my organisation’s printmaking studio and Studio PM (Paul Machnik) in Montreal. This relationship will be further developed when Paul comes to Cairns for two weeks to visit the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in late August and to deliver a workshop for Indigenous printmakers in our printmaking studio, Djumbunji Press.


By visiting the FD in person I was able to observe relationships, staff workloads, opinions and interactions that gave me a rounded appraisal of the residency program. I gained knowledge and feedback relating to what makes a successful and attractive residency from an experienced artist’s perspective. I also gained an insight into how exotic and attractive Australia is as a destination to the outside world and how KickArts could tailor its residency program to capitalise on this and enhance the point-of-difference our location affords.


I feel much more confident in my ability to undertake and deliver my assigned task of developing, funding and implementing an ongoing international AIR program for my own organisation.

(Images below)

M&GSQ’s 2012 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is now open for applications. The Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture. Go to the M&GSQ website, for guidelines and application forms or contact M&GSQ on 1800 680 433 (freecall within Queensland).

Potential applicants must contact M&GSQ staff by 14 October 2011. Applications close on 9 December 2011.

Below are some of Beverley’s images of the Fonderie Darling (Darling Foundry) in Montreal (top row), the Fonderie’s technical crew (second row, left) and Studio PM, Montreal (Images 6-8).


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