ACCOMPLICE Residencies

The residency program undertakes a reflective, challenging and explorative framework for artists, community and audience to come together to explore work in development.Focused on artists committed to regional engagement and exploration of the culture and landscape of the Top End.

Jamie Lewis

Jamie Lewis

Jamie creates and performs experimental and contemporary intercultural work, facilitating meditations on identity, place, and time, through autobiographical stories, conversation and food. Also interested in alternative models and sustainability in her practice, and a re-imagining of leadership, governance, and structures, she runs discursive dinner conversations between artists and practitioners. A graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore) and the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne), Jamie collaborates as facilitator, dramaturg, and co-creator.

Jamie returns to Darwin for a second year building on the 2017 Tropical Kitchen program, multi-arts suite of programs celebrating the mosaic of identities that make up Darwin, its communities, and its food culture, by bringing people together to share food, stories, art, and conversations.

This suite of activities will take place across various locations in the CBD, in cafes, with restaurants, on the streets, and popping up in shop fronts, laneways, and arcades; while having its home base at ACCOMPLICE’s 2018 home, Mayfair Gallery.

Through the suite of activities, audience participants will traverse the CBD, enlivening this web of spaces and the arcades in between, experiencing familiar places in unfamiliar ways, igniting new imaginations of Darwin and its CBD for locals and travellers alike

Holly Macdonald. Image by Design Files.

Weniki Hensch

Born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Weniki was one week old when she was adopted into a German/British family already with four biological children of their own. The family moved back to Germany with Weniki a year later before finally settling in Brisbane to grow up in Australia.

She has lived and worked in Brisbane, Melbourne and Alice Springs as well as the remote community of Yuendumu. And as life organically evolved Weniki started to seek out the unanswered questions of her Cultural Heritage, identity and family connections feeling always drawn to certain patterns, fibres and fabrics associated with Papua New Guinean Arts & Crafts.

In 2014 Weniki was a part of the 18C exhibition at Melbourne’s Blak Dot Gallery which was curated in response to the proposed removal of sections 18B-E of the Racial Discrimination Act. The following year she exhibited her first installation based work titled Ancestral Imprint (2015) at the Northern Centre of Contemporary Art. Here she explored her and her daughter’s heritage and their personal biological connection. Ancestral Imprint was, to a degree, a prequel to the residency she will undertake at Accomplice studio in March 2018: Unpeeling Perceptions.

It was the birth of her daughter, Florizel in 2012 that strengthened Weniki’s resolve to delve deeper into her ancestral past through her art practice.

Nick Power

Raju Rathi

Raju Rathi is passionate about native art craft. He studied Textile Design before setting up his own business, JATIN HANDICRAFT, in Pushkar, Rajasthan in 2009. His desire was to keep traditional local art alive and encourage local artists to maintain their traditions, while doing business with local people and sharing it with the wider world. 

Raju travelled extensively in India. He feels textiles are in his  blood, and he was inspired by the different textile traditions he encountered in the various  regions. He saw these traditions being lost and people no longer wanting to work in the old way. Hence he created JATIN HANDICRAFT were he works with co workers to designs and craft beautiful works of textile art for sale. Raju was brought up in the Barmer area of Rajasthan where he watched native block print techniques. He learnt from people who had been doing it for over 40 years.  Raju now teaches the younger generation to integrate traditional art with art of the modern era.


Ben Graetz and Sean Kerinaiua

Local director, performers, producer and writer Ben Graetz AKA Miss Ellaneous will work with Tiwi Island Sista Girl Sean Kerinaiua aka Shaniqua to explore and develop a cabaret show featuring a small selection of the Tiwi Island Sista Girls. They will explore traditional elements from their culture to merge with popular western style music and choreography

Beginning her fabulous glittery journey in 2002, Miss Ellaneous (also known as Miss E) has had an extensive career on and off the stage and has preformed extensively throughout Australia and Internationally including the UK and Indonesia. Known for her powerful and dynamic performances, Miss Ellaneous has established herself as one of this country finest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Drag Queens.

Sista - is a word used to refer to person in a respectful manner. The New Era of Sista Girls on the Tiwi islands (Bathurst and Melville) and are known as the Jilamaruwi (the new faces of Tiwi islands). Their group is made up of LGBTIQ and who are talented performers, entertainers, singers, songwriters, musicians and most importantly very passionate advocates of well-being on ALL health sectors. The Sista Girls are now shown acceptance int their community and walk freely knowing they can be safe. So today the Jilamaruwi Sista Girls feel very privileged and stand strong to dance, sings and share our culture and stories for the past, present and the future generations of our LGBTIQ society. 

Matthew Day’s ‘Assemblage #1’. Photo by Nellie de Boer.

Matthew Day’s ‘Assemblage #1’. Photo by Nellie de Boer.

Matthew Day

Matthew Day is interested in the potential of choreography to imagine unorthodox relationships and propose new ways of being human. Utilizing a minimalist approach, Day works with duration and repetition, approaching the body as a site of infinite potential and choreography as a field of energetic intensity and exchange.

Day's work is invested in the proliferate potential of choreography to contribute unique forms of knowledge to cultural discourse and enable affective experiences. He engages with visual arts practices to challenge traditional notions of image, object and body.

Raised in Sydney, Matthew was a teenage ballroom dancing champion. He went on to study Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Western Sydney and at the Victorian College of the Arts. Day has been artist in residence, and presented his work extensively in Australia and Europe. He has just completed a Masters of Choreography at the DAS Graduate School in Amsterdam.

Day’s 2-week residency will develop the second work in his new series, ASSEMBLAGES. Using the backdrop of dry season Darwin he will imagine new ways of dealing with unstable situations, from the personal to the global level. Matthew is focused on creating an environment of play and surrender, opening a field of relations between materials, actions, movements and perceptions. Forces of intimacy are important elements in his work – softness, proximity, touch – with aspects of immediate physical contact speaking to larger issues of alienation and disconnection. 

Image by Sarah Walker

Image by Sarah Walker

Nat Cursio

Nat's choreographic work has been presented in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Limerick and around Australia. She has created, participated in and been invited to contribute to dance and cross-disciplinary projects across Australia, Asia and Europe, as a performer, curator, director and provocateur. Nat creates artistic situations where we might notice ourselves and each other in ways that are not always prominent in daily life, where the work can act as both an escape from and a return to the world in which we live. 

She will reimagine her recent project LOOP - a work which adopts movement actioned by young children as source material, LOOP explores empathy through a process of transposing a child’s instinctual improvised danced-movement onto adult performers, and from this creating an intricate visual experience and participatory choreography for children and adults.

During her residency in Darwin she will work with local young people through workshops to capture dance material to utilise  in the final public performances.

Image by Design Files.

Image by Design Files.

Holly Macdonald

Holly grew up between rural NSW and the city, she feels a strong connection to the land. She credits an understanding of ‘the natural systems that govern the land’ as a major influence in her work. She hand-builds using a combination of pinching and coiling to construct and manipulate the clay into shape. There is an emphasis on touch as the guiding sense as opposed to sight. Building in this way allows for the clay to suggest or find its own form. In this way the act of making is collaboration with the material, following it as much as guiding it. 

Holly has been visiting the Territory for the last three years as my sister works as a linguist in the remote central desert community Yuendumu. In 2017, I undertook a 10-day residency with ACCOMPLICE Art Space in Darwin delivering a two-day public workshop and began the exploration of a new body of work. 

Through this, ACCOMPLICE Creative Director, Britt Guy and Holly began to explore the notion of creating a body of work that responded to the contemporary landscape of the NT with a focus on sharing practice across social, locality and cultural boundaries. 

The program will be undertaken three residencies across 2018 in Alice, Katherine and Darwin. At each residency Holly will undertake a public program while also developing and reflecting on her practice.