AIR - Linda Swinfield

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Ashfield welcomes Ashfield Council’s AIR (Artist in Residence) #38,

Ms Linda Swinfield

Linda Swinfield is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto, New South Wales.

Ms Swinfield grew up in Croydon, Sydney and is returning to the area as Ashfield Council’s AIR.  During her stay at Thirning Villa, Ms Swinfield will research the family of her Great Grandmother Hannah Sophia Mead and her family’s brick making history.  Linda is especially interested in researching the Cadigal Reserve, brick making in the region and the houses that the Mead family lived in the area.

Swinfield’s cross-disciplinary art making uses the pictorial and abstract, incorporating elements of familial, personal, social histories and collective memory.

Her processes explore the sculptural: utilising drawing, traditional photography and printmaking techniques as well as digital technologies.

Ms Swinfield completed a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2010.  Preceding April 2013 she was a Fine Arts educator at TAFE NSW for 14 years in three regional institutes, within three diverse institutes. Linda is now an independent arts practitioner, educator and curator and currently holds the roles of Social Media Coordinator and Education Workshop Manager at Newcastle Printmakers Workshop Inc.

Linda Swinfield will be Ashfield Council’s AIR from the first week in January until 8th April 2015.  During her stay, she will host a number of mono print & collagraph art making workshops for children under 12 years of age and young people aged over 12 years.  There will also be opportunity for the general community to meet with Ms Swinfield.  A more detailed program will be available early January.

For more information phone Anthia on 02 9716 1866 or email    

Mono printing for Young People and Adults (14 years and over)  This workshop was cancelled as the artist was unwell.

All registered bookings will be contacted with another date.

Possibly the most painterly method of all the printmaking techiques, a monoprint is essentially a one print.  This technique may resemble painting and the result is individual variations of the same image.  

Workshop outline:

Come along and have fun and experiment with the simplicity and many variations of this technique and ..... wear old clothes.

You will learn simple mono printing techniques including the application of ink with paint brushes, rubbing of the block and mark making.  Finish with the use of an artist's printing press.  Examples and demonstrations of several techniques will be shown.

When:  Saturday 28th February 2015

Time:   10am to 3pm - bring your lunch or it is only a 5 minute stroll to the Ashfield Mall

Where:  Thirning Villa 40 Arthur Street Ashfield.  Thirning Villa is in the Pratten Park precinct near the tennis courts.  The driveway in to the area is on Arthur Street directly opposite A'Beckett Avenue Ashfield.

Cost:  Free.  All materials and equipment will be provided.  Wear old clothes as paint is involved.

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Artist talk & Morning Tea in Seniors Week

When:  Wednesday 18th March 2015

Time:   10.30am to 12noon

Where:  Thirning Villa 40 Arthur Street Ashfield.  Thirning Villa is in the Pratten Park precinct near the tennis courts.  The driveway in to the area is on Arthur Street directly opposite A'Beckett Avenue Ashfield.

Cost:  There is no cost.

Bookings:  For catering purposes please register with 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.