Call of the wild: Extreme artist residencies

Some artists are inspired by pushing their practice – and themselves – to the edge. We take a look at the experience of the extreme residency.
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Rae Begley, The End, from the series And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, 2016; courtesy the artist.

Sometimes sitting in an air conditioned studio under a bank of fluro lights, with a library of art books on hand and the art supplies shop just up the road, would seem like the perfect scenario for most artists. However, there are some artists who find that the challenge of the unfamiliar, even the uncomfortable, offers an incredible injection into their creativity.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina