Local artist contemporary jeweller Katrina Newman is the first Australian to be selected to participate on the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency in the Yukon Territory this July and August.
To assist her to meet the costs of the residency Katrina is running a fundraising campaign with the support of the Australian Cultural Fund, all donations are Tax Deductible; please click on this link to support her campaign. https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/australia-to-the-arctic/
Katrina was chosen from 42 applicants to paddle in sub arctic Canada, 735 kilometres on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, arriving just in time to participate in the Riverside Arts Festival.
“I’ve always understood that to create great work or to achieve greatness you will never do it by playing safe, so what better way to work outside my comfort zone than in the wilds of northern Canada.” says Katrina.
“It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for me on this adventure, a once in a lifetime experience. I’ll be paddling through the wilderness on the Yukon River; enveloped by the natural beauty of the Canadian fauna, flora, and rugged countryside. Away from the safety of my studio, I’ll be compelled to explore my new environment, the different landscapes, to draw on the new colours & light, the new materials & textures.”
Geography has a huge impact on Katrina’s jewellery. “My work has always been heavily influenced by the changing landscapes of my life; in each ring or pendant you can glimpse into the Australian desert, the sea and its shores, and from travels that include West African countries Ghana & Mali. The remoteness & exploration associated with this residency, the time to connect with the people & places will give me the opportunity to keep expanding & challenging my practice.”