Current Artist in Residence - Hannah Furmage

'Few artists in Sydney carry the title art provocateur with as much authority as Hannah Furmage' (Oxford Art Factory, 2014).  During her stay at Thirning Villa, Hannah is developing a real life action/intervention that will evoke the performance ceremony of an international border crossing; interrogation, unpacking bags, uniforms, metal detectors etc.  Video is a new medium for the artist and Hannah will develop her practice by creating an original new work, exploring new ideas and art forms.

For more information please contact Anthia Hart on 9716 1866 or email

Hannah Furmage - The Villawood Project

The Villawood Project explores new hybrid genres at the intersections of art, community, tactical intervention, video installation and performance.

The Villawood Project was developed during a 3 month artist in residency at Thirning Villa hosted by Ashfield Council.

The Villawood Project attempts to find creative ways to communicate across borders with detained refugees.  The work examines the border as both an hallucination and the real concrete fence of Villawood Detention Centre.

The Villawood Project aims to transform a space of restriction into a space of openness.

Hannah Furmage has held exhibitions in Sydney, Los Angeles, Mexico and Cuba.  Her work aims to reach an art of destabilisation, elaborating a poetic work of sabotage through apparently random acts of provocation.

Bookings are not essential but can be made at

For more information contact Anthia Hart on 9716 1866 or email

What is the Artist in Residence Program?

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program has played an integral role of the Ashfield cultural community for more than 10 years with over 30 participating artists staying at the historic Thirning Villa in Pratten Park.  Established in 2003, the first artist was Andrew Hull from Bourke in North West New South Wales.  Andrew set the tone of the program with workshops for children and generous engagement with the community.  Initially the program was for Australian artists only, but has since expanded to accept international artists as well.

Since the inception of the program, Ashfield Council has hosted painters, poets, songwriters, a puppeteer, film maker, photographers, sculptors, composer, musicians, textile artist, choreographer, writer, protrait artist, book maker, paper maker, letter cutter, choir master, traditional Chinese ink artist, weaver, printer and more. 

Ashfield residents and artists have benefitted greatly from the program by engaging in workshops, artist talks, demonstrations, exhibitions and installations.  The broader community continues to benefit from the ongoing development of the Council art collection with donations made by each artist. 

The program is open to all art forms including but not limited to; visual, photography, film, theatre, performance, experimental, multi-media, sculpture, music and the literary arts with the focus being to provide artists with the opportunity to develop their practice. 

The artist is to include a community development/engagement component in their residency program.

The AIR residency program is open to Australian artists who live outside the Sydney Metropolitan Area, and international artists.  For the purpose of this program, the boundaries of the Sydney Metropolitan Area are defined as the Hawkesbury/Nepean River in the north/north west, and then the outer boundaries of the City of Penrith, Cambed Council, the City of Campbelltown and Sutherland Shire.

For more information phone Anthia on 02 9716 1866 or email     

Past Artists in Residence

The following artists have participated in the Ashfield Council Artist in Residence program.

Please contact Ashfield Council for more information about the Artist in Residence program.