Image: Troy-Anthony Baylis, Postcard (Crystal, Sandy and Alice), 2011.
‘The Guildhouse Fellowship has contributed to a new confidence in myself, to reflect on my life’s work to date, and has reignited my drive to realise the full potential of my art practice.’
The inaugural recipient of the Guildhouse Fellowship, Troy-Anthony Baylis (b 1976) is a descendant of the Jawoyn people from the Northern Territory, and of Irish ancestry. Troy-Anthony has developed a manifold practice encompassing making, curating, lecturing and research in the visual arts, as well as parallel work with Reconciliation. His large scale text-based works in reconstituted faux-mesh entitled Postcards recently featured in The National at Carriageworks, Sydney.
Thanks to the generous support of the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, the Guildhouse Fellowship has provided Baylis with an important opportunity to spend several months in Berlin over the latter part of 2019, enabling research and exploration of public and private collections that expand his knowledge and engagement with contested sites and mechanisms of reconciliation. While in Berlin, Baylis connected with gallerists, museums and the Australian consulate. He found considerable inspiration and commenced sourcing new materials and making new works whilst in Germany, and was invited to present new works at private gallery 11m2, with a work titled Schutzmantelmadonnamimi a further exploration of Baylis’ textile works Mimis, created and presented in dialogue with the historic Berlin monument Siegessaule and it’s steps by architect Albert Speer.
The time in Berlin, followed by travel to Canberra and considerable time in the studio, has resulted in two new bodies of work, extending Baylis’s exploration of language, songlines and textile practice new ways.
Curator of The National, Carriageworks, Daniel Mudie Cunningham says of Baylis’ work in the exhibition (pictured above), ‘This work has been a definite audience highlight of The National, arousing great curiosity and wonder for the aesthetic and conceptual success of the work, but also great interest in Baylis, who for some audiences was under-recognised until now.’
Baylis’ Fellowship presentation outcome will take place at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2020. Due to the changing landscape around access in public spaces as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the details will be confirmed in due course.
The Guildhouse Fellowship: In Conversation with Rhana Devenport and Troy-Anthony Baylis
You can also hear Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art, AGSA and Troy-Anthony Baylis discuss the Guildhouse Fellowship and the process of creating new work for presentation at AGSA on Radio Adelaide’s Festival City here.