It is with great pleasure that we welcome the seven 2017 Artspace One Year Studio Artists: 
Karen Black
Keg de Souza
Agatha Gothe-Snape
Bianca Hester
Mason Kimber
Tom Polo
Justene Williams


The Artspace One Year Studio program is supported by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW, and UNSW Art & Design.


All images courtesy the artists

About the artists

Artspace is pleased to announce the seven 2017 One Year Studio Artists: Karen Black, Keg de Souza, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Bianca Hester, Mason Kimber, Tom Polo and Justene Williams.


This is the third year that Artspace has offered its studios Free for Artists, a landmark initiative that will support seventy Australian artists over ten years. The practitioners selected represent a cross-section of contemporary Australian art practice, spanning generations and disciplines.


Next year’s artists range from senior practitioners with established international practices to emerging artists working in local and national contexts. In 2017, the Artspace studios will be a platform for the development of major projects and co-commissions with the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Performa, New York; as well as the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Carriageworks; the Museum of Contemporary Art and Performance Space, Sydney.



Born 1961, Brisbane
Lives Brisbane


Karen Black is a painter and sculptor whose practice explores loaded social and individual narratives that blend the historical with the mythical, traversing the complex interchange between the personal and the political. Her work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally and she was recently included in the first iteration of Painting, More Painting at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. In 2017, Black will be collaborating with the UNSW Art & Design ceramics studios to produce a new series of vessels.



Born 1978, Perth
Lives Waterloo, Sydney


Keg de Souza uses inflatable architecture, food, film mapping and dialogical projects to explore the politics of space. Influenced by her formal training in architecture and experience of radical spaces through squatting, de Souza often creates site- and situation-specific projects that emphasise the exchange of knowledge. She has recently exhibited in the 20th Biennale of Sydney — The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed and the Setouchi Triennale, Japan, and will be developing a new commission for The National 2017 — New Australian Art.



Born 1980, Sydney
Lives Balmain, Sydney


Agatha Gothe-Snape’s practice stems from improvisational performance. It draws upon and records interpersonal and spatio-emotional exchanges around art and art contexts. Her work takes many forms from prosaic performances to workshops, texts, visual scores and collaboratively produced art objects. Gothe-Snape  is currently working towards a solo project exhibition at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, a work commissioned for The National 2017 — New Australian Art and the second iteration and Australian debut of Rhetorical Chorus, co-commissioned by Performa, New York, Performance Space and Carriageworks.



Born 1975, Melbourne
Lives Earlwood, Sydney


Bianca Hester is a research-based artist who explores the convergence of multiple narratives, employing an expanded sculptural practice to investigate how material, social, ideological and historic forces intersect. Her large-scale projects bring about a performative and durational public art that is distributed across times and locations. 



Born 1985, Perth
Lives Redfern, Sydney


Mason Kimber uses painting, fresco and wall-based installation to address an ambiguity between the abstracted space of painting and the real or experienced architecture of the surrounding exhibition space. He has executed a number of commissioned large-scale painted environments that invoke interior architectures rendered in two-dimensional planes of colour. Kimber was awarded the National Art School British School at Rome studio residency in 2014 and was a finalist for the 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging).


Mason Kimber is the 2017 recipient of Mira's Studio: Supported by Alenka Tindale



Born 1985, Sydney
Lives Smithfield, Western Sydney


Tom Polo’s expanded painting practice explores the tropes of modernism and abstraction. Through text and figuration Polo considers the gallery as a site of production, often performing live painting actions within exhibitions. Polo was awarded the 2015 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and undertook the Associate Artist Residency with ACME Studios, London.



Born 1970, Sydney
Lives East Hills, Western Sydney


Justene Williams’ practice includes large-scale live works, video performance, installation and sculpture. Her practice celebrates the avant-garde dream of the total artwork, while deconstructing it with the female body, domesticating and situating it in the reality and absurdity of now. Williams has exhibited widely nationally and internationally and has been supported by Artspace throughout her exhibition, The Curtain Breathed Deeply, which is currently touring nationally. In 2017 she will be developing a new work for The National 2017 — New Australian Art.