Peninsula Hot Springs’ Artist In Residence Program
New music inspired by nature
Peninsula Hot Springs has launched our first Artist In Residence Program, created to support local musicians and artists from the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds. We are delighted to be hosting six leading Victorian contemporary music artists from a range of genres and cultural backgrounds to participate in a series of seven-day immersive experiences in a unique creative environment. Peninsula Hot Springs’ Artist In Residence Programs will welcome the first artist at the end of June and run throughout August and September 2021.
The program will provide a unique wellbeing experience to facilitate creative expression for artists transitioning out of the trials and challenges of COVID19 in Victoria. Through a process of mindful relaxation and hot springs bathing, Peninsula Hot Springs is set in nature, providing the perfect environment for healing and creative synthesis. Whilst exploring the natural environment, artists are encouraged to create a new body of work from our Dome studio space. Artists’ new works will include a short 5-minute video illuminating their creative process and the impact of the space available during their experience.
Our first Artist in Residence will be well respected and leading Melbourne singer songwriter Charles Jenkins (28 June – 4 July). Charles Jenkins is a Melbourne songwriter/musician, producer and performer with more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian Music Industry. Charles has recorded and released 17 albums both locally and internationally, toured Europe and the USA several times and has been nominated for two ARIA awards.
A friend of the springs for some time, in March 2020, on the eve of our first lockdown, Charles performed a stripped back version of a brand new song at Peninsula Hot Springs in our Amphitheatre studio/dome, as part of a weekend festival. See the short interview and intimate performance of his fittingly titled song “To Carry This Town”.
We are thrilled to have Charles Jenkins back in our house, as he’s a fitting first artist to kick off our first Artist in Residence.
Introducing our second performer, Kutcha Edwards. Kutcha has been prolifically combining songwriting and activism since 1991, when he joined Koori group Watbalimba and began the remarkable journey that has taken him from the tiny Riverina town of Balranald to tours of Australia and the world. It is his experiences as a survivor of the Stolen Generations and his proud Mutti Mutti heritage that has shaped his diverse creative output in groups like Blackfire and The Black Arm Band. At the same time he’s also been able to forge a successful solo career combining his ‘Bidgee’ blues with traditional songs of people and country.
Kutcha uses music to create connections across cultures, generations, and spaces. With an innate ability to communicate, he uses his unique, diverse talents to nurture understanding and self-knowledge amongst all those with whom he has contact. Kutcha is a Songman, not simply a songwriter. He draws on a profound sense of all those who have gone before him on this land, along with his own life experiences, to help his audiences understand themselves, reconnect with their culture and promote cultural understanding. His music touches the soul and through his humour and insights we realise that with recognition of the true Aboriginal history, there can be hope of reconciliation.
Kutcha Edwards was also a key contributor to the Peninsula Hot Springs foundational collaborative album “Water – An Australian Story” (2003), and so it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back to be our second Artist In Residence from August 4-8.
Stay tuned for further Artist announcements.