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We’re delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Terrence and Lynette Fern Cite Internationale des Arts Residencies who will be travelling to Paris next year to develop their projects in one of the world’s most inspiring cities.


John Di Stefano


Dr John Di Stefano is a visual artist/filmmaker, and Associate Professor at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. His current interdisciplinary research focuses on digital materialism, notions of temporality and disappearance in hybrid forms of documentary practices, and the essayistic form. His video work has been broadcast on American public television (PBS), and has won several awards, including the New Vision Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Exhibitions and screenings include: Videonale – Festival of Contemporary Video Art (Kunstmuseum, Bonn); New Filmmakers – Anthology Film Archives (New York); Transmediale (Berlin); MOCA (Los Angeles); and the Cinematheque (San Francisco). He has curated several projects in Australasia and North America. He is an editor for ArtAsiaPacific, and has an active publishing career with his critical writings appearing in various international journals and publications.

John’s Cité project

John will use his time at the Cite to research and develop a video- and photo-based artwork that will consist of documenting locations in and around the city of Paris that have been sites of contemporary social conflict and/or resistance. Situated within the rich history and tradition of street photography and essay filmmaking, the project will build on John’s established practice and interest in the relationship between history, transnational displacement and the imaginary.


Ben Ferris


Ben Ferris is one of the founders of Sydney Film School, where he is currently the Artistic Director and a writing / directing teacher. Ferris, a film writer/director, has screened films and won numerous awards in Paris, New York, Croatia, Italy, Tokyo, Singapore and Amsterdam, as well as having theatrical releases of his works in Tokyo, Croatia, and Australia. His short film ‘The Kitchen’ (2003) won the Grand Prix at the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Festival in Tokyo in 2005, and his short film ‘Ascension’ (2004) won the Grand Prix at the 4th One Take Film Festival in Croatia in 2004. His debut feature film ‘Penelope’, an Australian-Croatian co-production, screened in National Competition at the 56th Pula Film Festival in Croatia in 2009, and won a Van Gogh Award for Best Fantasy Film at the Amsterdam Film Festival in 2010. He has just completed his second feature film ’57 Lawson’ (2016), which captures daily life within a social housing building in Redfern, under the shadow of impending development. In 2015, Ferris was the curator of the Sydney Cinémathèque. His writings on cinema have been published worldwide in both French and English.

Ben’s Cité project

Ben will take his interest in classical reception studies and incorporate it into the development of a film project on the figure of Orpheus in contemporary Paris. The boundary-crosser par excellence, Orpheus is once again in the zeitgeist as Europe comes under increasing pressure from border-crossings and immigration.


Tracey Lock


Tracey is Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Over the past decade Tracey has curated numerous Australian art exhibitions and temporary displays, including the retrospective Dorrit Black: Unseen Forces in 2014, and a major survey titled, Anna Platten: The Devil is in the Detail in 2012. In 2011 she was responsible for the 600-work re-hang of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Australian art collection in the Elder Wing of Australian Art. In 2008 she curated the national touring exhibition, Misty Modern: Australian Tonalists from 1915–1950. Her interests cover all periods in Australian art, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Tracey’s Cité project

As part of the Cité residency, Tracey will undertake research for her forthcoming Art Gallery of South Australia book and exhibition Islands: Australian Art and the Pacific 1918–2018 (scheduled for late 2018). The time in Paris will give her the new insight into Australian art’s international context, affirming Australia’s cultural reach across the Pacific rim and revealing the paradox of our country’s perceived geographical isolation. It will also allow her to establish contact with relevant Oceanic scholars, specialists and archivists as well as provide opportunities to identify and negotiate potential loans.


Catherine O’Donnell


Catherine is an artist whose drawings are an exploration of the architecture, culture and history in the everyday-ness of the urban environment. She is particularly interested in the way that the vernacular architecture and general streetscapes of the places we regularly inhabit become recessed into our minds like wallpaper – at once visible and invisible. The absence of the representation of people in the works encourages viewers to consider the architecture from their own view point, perhaps igniting their own memories of suburban living. Catherine’s drawings are clearly representational but the realism in her work is not merely a reproduction of the visible. It is the elevation of the abstract form, the underpinning geometry and the distillation of the spatial composition that interests her.

Catherine’s Cité project

At the Cite, Catherine intends to expand her Masters of Fine Arts thesis and three bodies of work that explore the relationships between the 1960s architecture of Western Sydney’s housing estates and the utopian ideals and principles of European modernism. Catherine’s project considers the context of the Parisian estates of Le Corbusier post World War I, and the way in which modern architectural forms, in line with ideologies of De Stijl and Bauhaus design, were implemented as a solution to improve the quality of life for the lower classes.


About the Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residencies

The Cité residencies are competitive residencies open to applicants in three categories: contemporary artists, contemporary art writers and students and staff of the University of Sydney. The three-month residency gives vital opportunities to learn in and from Paris, and from the astonishing cosmopolitanism of the Cité des Arts. Since last year we have committed to funding travel to Paris, service charges at the studios, and to contributing to living expenses for our winners. We could not have done this without the support of those alumni and friends who so generously supported our Cité appeal. If you missed that appeal and would like to give for future years, donations can be made via our website here.


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