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Meet the Bundanon Artists-in-Residence: Phillip Debs

Artist Phillip Debs was named an Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence. He will spend a week at the Bundanon property (27 August to 3 September) working to advance his arts practice.

We invited Phillip to share images of his work and to answer a few questions.

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

Phillip Debs: I am a photographer and filmmaker. Sometimes I’m a drama teacher and performer.

Debs: A body of water surrounded by trees with hills in the background is presented in black and white

photograph by Phillip Debs

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

PD: I applied because I wanted to bring my photographic practice to the next level by compiling my photographs into a book. The ultimate goal would be to distribute and sell the book in both bookshops and online, especially through Books Kinokuniya.

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

PD: I plan to organise my photographs into categories from the earliest to the most recent. From there, I will able to see what category of photographs I wish to publish as a book. I will also focus on finding titles for each photograph. If time permits, I will design the pages and consider possible titles for the book.

Debs: A tree with trunks and branches can be seen against a cloudy grey sky

photograph by Phillip Debs

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

PD: I hope to have achieved the clearing and grouping of my photographs into categories so that I can gain more insight into what can be published as a book. From there, I will look toward publishing, distribution and sales.

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

This page was first published on 20 July 2018.

Feature photo: by Phillip Debs

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