Artist Talk: CAT Studio Residents in Conversation
Artist Talk: CAT Studio Residents in Conversation


Isabella Foster

Alex Hullah

Cassie Sullivan

Willoh S Weiland

CAT Studio Residents in Conversation
5.30 PM, Wednesday 4 May 2022
CAT Gallery, 27 Tasma St, North Hobart 

Join us for an artist talk with Isabella Foster, Alex Hullah, Cassie Sullivan and Willoh S Weiland, discussing their practices and residency at CAT.

Two CAT Studios are offered annually to professional Tasmanian creative practitioners by application, one is offered by invitation for a longer term, and the fourth is attached to the CAT Curatorial Mentorship program.

Applications for the 2022 Studio Residency will open soon – sign up to our mailing list to stay informed.

This talk is presented as part of the The bendable posable action artist series. During May the CAT Gallery will be given over to The bendable posable action artist series (b.p.a.a). The month-long program of presentations will bring artists from all career stages together in a social gallery space to talk about their practice, present an artwork in development, pose provisional ideas for art projects and engage in a dialogue with their peers. The bendable posable action artist series is part of CAT’s education and development program MACHINE.

Isabella Foster is an emerging artist living in nipaluna / Hobart. Working across a multimedia practice, Foster examines and parodys the ways historic power structures reveal themselves in the present. After finishing her BFA at UTAS, Foster was invited to present her practice-based research in a 2018 PhD Arts and Cultural Studies conference in Lisbon, Portugal. During this residency, she participated in the 2019 Maumaus Escola des Artes postgraduate Arts Lab. Foster has exhibited at Sawtooth ARI, Goodgrief ARI, Moonah Arts Centre (TAS), Sydney Contemporary (NSW), and Discordia (VIC), she is a current recipient of the Contemporary Arts Tasmania studio residency 2021-2022, a finalist in the Tasmanian Womens Art Prize 2022, and a selected participant of SITUATE 22-23.

Alex Hullah is a visual artist and arts worker based in nipaluna | Hobart. Their practice spans multiple disciplines including installation, curation, public art, video and festivals. Born and raised in South Africa and Australia, Alex is interested in colonial histories and structures and how they reside or are reinforced in aspects of ‘the everyday’, presenting personal narrative and experiences as a site for confrontation and transformation. Alex will be presenting HOME|LAND, a group exhibition, as part of CAT’s Curatorial Mentorship Program 2022.

Cassie Sullivan is a lutruwita/Tasmanian Indigenous contemporary emerging artist based on the very special lands of the Melukerdee People. Cassie has a responsive, intimate and experimental practice that crosses disciplines of moving image, photography, writing, sound, installation and printmaking. Cassie is currently exploring themes of intergenerational experience and trauma, bodily memory and knowledge holding. Her recent Honours project investigated ideas of knowledge holding and knowledge loss and how that is affecting the artists sense of identity.

Willoh Weiland is an artist, writer and curator. She works across art forms and is concerned with creating and realising epic impossible ideas. Currently she is an Creative Associate of the MONA FOMA Festival and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Interaction Design Lab. She is currently working on a new commission for Science Gallery Melbourne and a TV series about destroying the patriarchy. From 2010-2018 she was Artistic Director/ CEO of the artist-led experimental arts organisation Aphids, leading a program of nationally and internationally acclaimed work. Recent commissioned works have been presented at the The National 2019, for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. She is a recipient of the International Prize for Live Art from Anti-Festival and Saastamoinen Foundation Finland and an Australia Council Experimental Art Fellowship.

Image credit: Isabella Foster, ~Virtue~ is a work in progress, 2022. Neon engraved with instructions for praying the Rosary.

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