ART WORKS Artist in Residence: Brad Lay

Image: Brad Lay, ‘Within You Are Places Places You Are Within’, 2017.

We are excited to announce our 2019 ART WORKS residencies! Artists in Residence Brad Lay and Negative Space ARI (facilitated by Alycia Bennett and Florian Cinco) will work alongside Writer in Residence Kate Larsen in the Minor Works Building.

Brad Lay works across a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, photography, video,
sound and drawing. His interests oscillate between the oceanic and the terrestrial to consider the complex nature of relationships between humans, animals and landscapes. The interface between language and landscape is the most recent strategy employed by Lay to articulate these concerns. A 2015 Masters graduate of the University of South Australia with a background in environmental management, he has embarked upon residencies at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida, Bundanon Trust NSW and on a cargo ship in the Tasman Sea to broaden his experience of landscape, community and biodiversity. He continues to exhibit throughout Australia, with recent exhibitions including the Heysen Prize for Landscape (Highly Commended Award) and Chuchotage at the SA School of Art Gallery.

Image: Brad Lay, ‘A Clumsy Lullaby for Little Correllas’, 2018.

Brad’s project Central Bio-District (CBD) is a community driven project designed to investigate, promote and artistically interpret the often cryptic biodiversity of the City of Adelaide, through direct engagement with local residents, visitors to the city, and the Kaurna custodians of the land. The Minor Works building will be transformed into a hub for visitors to contribute their encounters with biodiversity to a body of research, whilst site specific interventions will employ novel and creative techniques to highlight the non-human lifeforms of the city. A closing event will incorporate community encounters and the creative outcomes of the artist.