Stiwdio Maelor was established in July 2014 by Australian artist Veronica Calarco to provide residency opportunities for artists and writers from the UK and other parts of the world.
After completing a degree in Printmaking and a Postgraduate degree in Weaving at the Institute of the Arts, Australia National University, Veronica worked for a decade as a community artist in Canberra, The Kimberleys and Alice Springs, until eventually deciding to concentrate on her own art practise. In 2004, Veronica spent a two-month holiday in Wales. This led to nearly a decade of living between Wales and Australia, before she finally decided to settle more or less permanently in Wales, and to start a PhD at Aberystwyth University.
Veronica’s has found that the most exciting and memorable part of her artist career has been doing residences. She has completed residences at Parliament House, ACT; Thirning Villa, Sydney; The Regional Print Centre, Wales; Tronud (weaving with Vibeke Vestby), Norway; Grindells Hut, South Australia; Cill Railaig, Ireland; Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, New York; Sauerbier House, South Australia; Trelex, Switzerland.
With her background in community arts and her positive experience of artist residencies, Veronica has long nursed what she thought was an impossible dream – setting up a residency program of her own so that more artists could have a chance to experience a residency. When Maelor came on the market at an affordable price, she saw how this dream could become a reality. With a non-existent budget and heaps of elbow grease, Veronica has established Stiwdio Maelor—a place for artists to escape from daily life and work in community with other artists in an amazing area.
As an independent, self-funded project, Stiwdio Maelor seeks to operate ecologically and sustainably on a not-for-profit basis. To this end, resident artists pay a small contribution towards their accommodation and are requested to live environmentally when at Maelor. Many also donate saleable works. Residency rates are kept as low as possible so that all creators can take advantage of the project. As the support for Stiwdio Maelor grows, Veronica hopes to expand its opportunities and programs.
Applications for 2017 and 2018 are now open. Email email@example.com for information and an application form.
2017 dates still available:
Attic: 31/10 onwards
Pedwar: 29/8-5/9; 31/10 onwards
Chwech: Available from 14 November
Ychawnegol: 15/08 – 05/09, 19/09 onwards
Each year Maelor holds a competition, with the prize being a residency.
Current Writer in Residence are Julie Burtinshaw
Next Artist in residence is: Georgina Fay Rebecca Snow and Lucy Warren
Next Writer in Residence is: Julie Hagerty
Who we are: Veronica Calarco, Jessica Raby, Jackie Grace