17 – 23 APRIL 2017


Pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy develops her first novel in the artists' studio at UKARIA Cultural Centre.

A series of stories, constructed loosely on the form of variations. The theme of this book is the rites of passage of a woman's life; the variants take the form of time and circumstance. These interconnected stories chart the seven ages of Ruby, an Australian woman, based on stories my grandmother told me. The final work is at once epic in scale - spanning nearly nine decades of a woman's life - but constructed as a mosaic. Central to it is a portrait of a marriage, and through this the stories examine the trauma of war.


20 – 23 FEBRUARY 2017

heard this and thought of you

Creative Development Workshop

The artists in residence intend to turn an internationally acclaimed recording project into a full-length piece of live, music-centred theatre. Taking existing music (contemporary Australian works written for them, as well as old music that they've reimagined), and texts written in response to their performances, from writers such as Helen Garner, Michael Leunig, Chloe Hooper, Luke Davies, Jana Wendt, John Clarke, Robert Dessaix and Scott Rankin, they will create a theatrical performance with music at its heart.

Key creative personnel in residence at the UKARIA Cultural Centre:

Genevieve Lacey recorder
James Crabb
classical accordion
Andy Packer
Michaela Coventry
Katherine Tonkin
Geoff Cobham

Andy Ellis videographer



Arcadia Winds with the Australian String Quartet

The inaugural Musica Viva FutureMakers ensemble Arcadia Winds spend a week at UKARIA to rehearse with the Australian String Quartet for their upcoming performances as part of the Perth International Arts Festival.

Key creative personnel in residence at the UKARIA Cultural Centre:

Genevieve Lacey Artistic Director

Kiran Phatak flute
David Reichelt oboe
Lloyd Van’t Hoff clarinet
Rachel Shaw horn
Matthew Kneale bassoon

Dale Barltrop violin
Francesca Hiew violin
Stephen King viola
Sharon Draper cello

Stephen Newton double bass
Lachlan Skipworth composer


6 – 11 JULY 2016

Quartet and Country – a commissioning initiative between UKARIA, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the Australian String Quartet.

Key creative personnel in residence at the UKARIA Cultural Centre.

Deborah Cheetham AO Indigenous Composer / Performer
William Barton
Indigenous Composer / Performer
Iain Grandage
Collaborator on compositional elements
Jessie Lloyd
Mentored composer
Eric Murrawuy Mentored composer
Australian String Quartet Performers

This project is generously supported by the Klein Family Foundation.
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