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Kate Matairavula: woman in a white shirt is standing against a white wall and red door

Meet the Bundanon Artists-in-Residence: Kate Matairavula

Artist Kate Matairavula was named an Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence. She will spend a week at the Bundanon property (27 August to 3 September) working to advance her arts practice.

We invited Kate to answer a few questions about her upcoming residency.

Accessible Arts: What is the focus of your arts practice?

Kate Matairavula: I am a writer and actor. My current focus is writing. I want to develop stories written by deaf people about deaf people.

AA: Why did you apply for an artist-in-residence?

KM: I did a residency last year and it was so productive. I achieved a lot more than I expected. It was a period of intense concentration, peace and joy. To be able to create without any interruptions and have all that time at my disposal was a wonderful experience. I wanted more of it so I applied again. I know I can achieve a lot and get my projects finished.

AA: How do you plan to spend your time at Bundanon?

KM: Writing! I will be doing five more drafts of my children’s story and another three drafts of my play. I will also develop a plan for the play in terms of workshopping it and getting it closer to being performed.

AA: At the end of the residency, what do you hope to have achieved?

KM: I hope to have finished my manuscripts while enjoying another intense experience of the joy of creating.

What is the Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program?

This program involves spending a week at Bundanon Trust and was opened to emerging and mid-career professional writers (all media), visual artists and musicians. Each recipient had to be living and/or working in New South Wales and identify as being Deaf or as a person with disability. Applications for this program closed on 13 June.

Wanting more?

To see the entire list of recipients, visit here. To read a little about Phillip Debs, the first recipient profiled, visit here.

To learn about Bundanon Trust, you can visit their website right here.

This page was first published on 3 August 2018.

Feature photo: Kate Matairavula by Alan Pigeon

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