studioFive Artist Residency - Clare McFadden

studioFive, Level 5 Room Q507 Kwong Lee Dow Building 234 Queensberry Street University of Melbourne VIC 3010

Clare McFadden is a writer, artist and educator and has worked in arts education with children, young people, and communities in both Australia and the United States. Her first book, The Flying Orchestra, was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia’s Crichton Award, adapted for the stage as the headlining work at the “Out of the Box” Festival and listed as one of the Australian Booksellers’ Association's 50 Favourite Children’s Books. Clare is the Executive Director of Write the World—a writing community for young writers ages 13 - 18. She holds a master's degree in Education from Harvard University.

While in residency in studioFive, Clare is hoping that the collaborative and practical environment of the studio will provide the ideal setting to create the artwork for her next book, and, at the same time, develop her facilitation and leadership skills as an artist working within educational and cultural institutions. This residency in studioFive will immerse her in the creative life of the building, where she will observe what is essential in cultivating such an artful and creative environment.

Clare will be painting and illustrating within the open and collaborative space of studioFive, welcoming daily observation and interaction with students and faculty in her space in Room 507. Over the course of the residency, she hopes to complete five double spread pages for the final book, as well as additional sketches. Clare will be documenting her residency, and will be filming and photographing her progress so that this documentation can be accessed by faculty and students after she leaves.

Please come by and meet Clare between 12.30-5.30pm, Monday-Friday.