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.
Our second Artist in Residence is Sianna Lee, a singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist from Balnarring.
Forming her band Love Outside Andromeda just out of high school in 2001, they made two albums and toured Australia with national high rotational airplay relentlessly for the next 6 years. In 2008 she went solo, and in 2010 released the record ‘Phoenix Propeller’. Sianna moved back to Balnarring in 2011 to start a family and soon became a member of alternative country band Harlocks, contributing to their second album ‘Wheels Keep Turning’ in 2014. Working with Harlocks singer Ben Cornall planted the idea for them to pursue a different direction with more beats and synths, which in 2017 culminated in the release of the album ‘Tourmaline’ under the name Slow Motion Pictures.
Most recently, while fitting in a job in health and raising two kids, she has turned her attention to composing. The fruits of this being the soundtrack to Mira Soulio’s ABC documentary ‘The Still Point’ and two new AR (Augmented Reality) games with the game development company True Crime Mysteries.
Stay tuned for further Artist announcements.