Artist in Residence /
Anna May Kirk
1st April – 3rd April, 2022
Anna May Kirk will be completing an Artist Residency at The Lock-Up for a panel discussion in partnership with the Newcastle Writers Festival.
As an artist Kirk is interested in the representational issue posed by the immaterial and spectral nature of Anthropogenic climate change. Through sculptural glass and sensory installations, Kirk engages the beholder’s body as a sensitive and porous instrument for encountering the magnitude of environmental change. In her research-based practice, Kirk entangles references to vast times, intensities and scales of our transforming planetary condition, often investigating past moments of climatic change throughout Earth’s history in order to speculate on the uncertain future.
Kirk additionally practices as an independent curator passionate about championing the diverse and vital voices of emerging experimental artists in Australia. She is interested in collaborative, experimental and community focused approaches to projects and cultural leadership. Kirk has worked across artist run spaces, institutions, festivals and events to create opportunities for emerging creatives. In 2021 Kirk founded Supper Sessions, a monthly community dinner raising independent grants for artists.