"Hi! I’m writing this from my temporary studio at Bundanon Trust – an artists’ residency near Nowra, New South Wales.
I thought it might be nice to share some of the sites and experiences
around Bundanon and what an illustrator such as myself gets up to during
a residency. I believe one of the greatest luxuries an artist can have
is time and space - the Bundanon residency affords me time to think,
work on new ideas, and explore my creative practice while having access
to a large studio on the Bundanon property. The residency was
established in 1993 as a gift to the Australian people from renowned
Australian artists Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. The 1,100 hectare property
ranges from farmland to dense bush, and includes the Arthur and Yvette
education centre, the old Bundanon homestead, and multiple buildings for
accommodation and artist studios.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Bundanon twice, once as an artist in
residence, and this time as part of their free education program for two
weeks. This comprised of a presentation to primary school children from
the local area about the process of creating picture books, and another
presentation and workshop to high-school students on illustration
techniques. Pictured below is a concertina book made during the
The rest of the time I’ve used to work on my own projects, including
storyboarding for a new picture book and working on some larger
watercolour illustrations for an exhibition in October.
One of the things I enjoy most about Bundanon is the connection to
nature and the wildlife at your doorstep. As someone who lives in an
urban environment, it’s a place to gather inspiration and be reminded of
our interdependence with the natural world.
Some of the geographic features of the
property are familiar markers in Arthur Boyd's work – the rock
formations of Bamarang and the Shoalhaven river feature prominently in
Arthur's paintings in particular.
Most evenings I’ll take a short stroll around the property and watch the
multiple wombats and kangaroos as they graze in the open paddocks.
Marc Martin Biography
Marc Martin is an illustrator, artist and book maker based in Melbourne,
Australia. His illustrations have been commissioned by clients
such as Monocle, Wired, The Financial Review, GQ, Luxury Travel,
Telstra, The Australian Open Tennis Championships, The Australian Centre
for the Moving Image, and various publishers.
He is the author and illustrator of A Forest (Penguin Random House, 2012), The Curious Explorers Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z (Penguin Random House, 2013), Max (Penguin Random House, 2014), A River (Penguin Random House, 2015), and LOTS (Penguin Random House, 2016), What's Up Top? (Penguin Random House, 2017).
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