Through our 107 Presents program, 107 is able to support a diverse range of new Australian work through a number of artist residencies.
Erin Keys (2020 – current)
Erin Keys has over 20 years experience as a jeweller, designer and educator with a diverse range of achievements in various facets of craft and design. Participating in nearly 100 exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 1999, her practice spans one-off exhibition pieces, bespoke commissions and a limited edition production range available through several stockists. From her workshop Erin combines traditional and industrial jewellery making processes and works with individuals and couples to create pieces that are unique to them, from engagement and wedding rings to small keepsake gifts. “I believe that most people want handmade, unique jewellery and I value each persons desire to have so many sacred ideals embedded in to one piece. I approach these projects both professionally and personally, to try and best represent their sentiments. I enjoy forging these elements together to create precious, lasting objects.”
In addition to working from the jeweller’s bench Erin has worked at several contemporary craft and design galleries, co-ordinated contemporary jewellery exhibitions, has been awarded grants and residencies and participated in workshops and master classes. For the past 10 years Erin has had extensive involvement with design and education, working as a Design Developer for 5 years at one of Australia’s leading design company’s Dinosaur Designs and local Sydney label Babyanything. Erin has taught jewellery courses at Sturt Summer School, UNSW Art & Design and SquarePeg Studios,
In 2020 Erin established The Bench, a jewellery school and workshop offering specialist classes, professional development, workshops and intensives, private lessons and activities, located at Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.
Amala Groom (2020 – current)
Amala Groom is a Wiradyuri conceptual artist whose practice, as the performance of her cultural sovereignty, is informed and driven by First Nations epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies. Her work, a form of passionate activism, presents acute and incisive commentary on contemporary socio-political issues. Articulated across diverse media, Groom’s work often subverts and unsettles western iconographies to enunciate Aboriginal stories, experiences and histories, and to interrogate and undermine the legacy of colonialism. Informed by extensive archival, legislative and first-person research, Groom’s work is socially engaged, speaking truth to take a stand against hypocrisy, prejudice, violence and injustice.
Across her practice, Groom proactively seeks to dismantle the Colonial Project by asserting the argument that colonialism is not just disadvantageous for First Peoples but is, in fact, antithetical to the human experience. On a deeper note, Groom intends to make work that speaks to the union of all peoples and to the indivisibility of the human experience that traverses identity, culture, race, class, gender and religious worship.
“I am thrilled to be working collaboratively with 107 Projects in developing and delivering public interventionist artworks that unpack the notions of memorialisation, the individual and the construct that is power.”
Jamie Gray (2019 – current)
Jamie Gray is a Sydney based film-maker, photographer and cinematographer. His passion for collaboration and art is the driving force behind creating beautiful moving images. Having studied for a number of years, Jamie ventured from straight documentary to art installations during his University days, which greatly influenced his perspective on how he uses a camera. Jamie now is a freelance who works from commercial to video art to documentary, constantly trying to position himself within an environment that is enlightening and awakening. Jamie wants to constantly work with and learn from the moving image, art and storytelling. “This residency to me is a huge wonderful gift and something that will work as a driving force to create more, experiment more and just do more. 107 are an incredible force in art within Sydney and to have them so close, and to work with them is such an honour,” he says.
The New Plot Residency with Milk Crate Theatre (2019)
In 2015 news broke in the Waterloo Redfern Housing community that residents would have to move from their homes, due to plans for development in the area. Three years later and these residents – some of whom have lived in the Estate for 50 years – have still received no certain information as to where they will be “relocated”, let alone when.
Addressing themes of bureaucracy, waiting, and facing the unknown, INTERIM is a new performance work in development by Milk Crate Theatre, supported under the 107 Presents: The New Plot residency program. The work will encompass the stories and experiences of current residents of the Waterloo Redfern Housing Estates. This project will also function as a supported mentorship, as the making of the piece will be designed and facilitated by two participants of Milk Crate Theatre’s Developing Artists Program; where participants learned about self-production and were paired with mentors to begin development on their own new works.
Nicole Monks (2018 – current)
Nicole Monks is a trans-disciplinary artist of Yamatji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage. Living and practicing in Redfern, Monks is informed by her cross-cultural identity and her work takes its focus from storytelling, as a way to connect the past with the present and future. Her designs take a conceptual approach, often embedded with narratives, and aim to promote cross-cultural understanding and communication. Nicole is currently developing a new work, gawura guruwin, for Sculptures by the Sea 2018. Drawn by local Gadigal Elder Charles Madden, gawura guruwin celebrates the continuous connection of First Nations people to this land and its oceans. The gawura guruwin dreaming story will be ignited as a sculptural fire engaging the whole community.
Jeff McCann (2018 – current)
Jeff McCann is an artist, educator, artistic director and foremost a story-teller, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, fashion, installation, public art and performance. Inspired heavily by avant-garde fashion, surface design and tapestries, Jeff takes what is considered rubbish and transforms it into new work that ranges from theatrical fashion, accessories, functional products, art and sculpture. Jeff works with musicians, fashion photographers, designers, directors and other artists to create unique, magical and ethereal environments and boutique looks for; musicians, stage design, films, fashion photographers and public art. Jeff has created looks for clients such as Montaigne, Nina Las Vegas, Ziggy Ramo, Asta and Florian and has featured work in Peppermint magazine. Jeff is currently featured in 107’s Green Thread installation series for Mirvac and Landcom. He is also developing work for 107’s booth at Sydney Contemporary 2018. Kinetic Kit, a colourful interactive sculpture powered by people and kinetics, will bring a sense of play and nostalgia to the global art fair.
FBi Radio Artists In the lead up to their 15th birthday celebrations, artists Louise Zhang, Bobby Vibe Positive, Mikaela Stafford, Tyler Ray Hawkins, Nadia Hernandez, Nadia Odlum, Sophie PY and students and staff from TAFE NSW Eora College took over Joynton Avenue Creative Centre to craft gloopy sculptures, giant inflatables and immersive lightworks for the festival.
Christine Davey, Playwright Developed her original play, The Last Tiger, at Bundanon Trust. Jason Wing, Artist & Curator Curated Blak Mirror, an exhibition by a group of Indigenous multidisciplinary artists reflecting their view of Australian society through a black lens. Sarah Doyle, The runner up in 107’s 2017 playwriting competition, The New Plot.