Oratunga Winter School: Creating out of Place

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July 5, 2018 to July 10, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Australian and New Zealand History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Literature, Fine Arts, Environmental History / Studies

Led by eminent ficto-critical writer and anthropologist Jury Professor Stephen Muecke and set in the historic Oratunga sheep station on the traditional lands of the Adnyamathanha people, this four day winter school includes workshops with artists and thinkers affiliated with the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. Interdisciplinary in approach, the winter school examines creative place-making in storied Country. Workshops invite and expect an appropriate engage-ment with, and response to, Country, but will locate this critically and historically. Practice, and reflection on practice, will be encouraged through a program of solo and group activities.
Distinguished staff include:

  • Reg Wilton and Enice Marsh, traditional Adnyamathanha Elders (Warkarla Glass Gorge Tours)
  • Professor Stephen Muecke (eminent ficto-critical writer and anthropologist)
  • Professor Brian Castro (multi award-winning author of eleven novels)
  • Dr Rachael Mead (eco-poet; photographer)
  • Dr Luke Harrald (award-winning composer; media artist)
  • Sera Waters (acclaimed textile artist examining colonialism)

Each day will feature a creative workshop, focusing on a different medium with plenty of time allocated to participants’ own creative practice. Theoretical workshops run by Professor Stephen Muecke will encourage critical reflection on the role of Country in the creative process.
Oratunga Winter School will be a fantastic opportunity to meet inspiring individuals and to explore new ways of creating out of place, with the assistance and guidance of expert practi-tioners. The Winter School is five nights and four full days at Oratunga with Thursday 5th July and Tuesday 10th July reserved for travel to and from Oratunga. Accommodation is in twin share bedrooms in shearers’ quarters (please bring your own sleeping bags/pillows). Travel and meals are included in winter school fees ($1050). Places are limited and a selection process ap-plies. To apply please send a short sample of work (no more than ten pages or images) and a CV to jmcoetzeecentre@adelaide.edu.au by 25th May 2018. All fees are due by 15th June 2018.
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Contact Info: 

J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice

Level 6, Schulz Building

University of Adelaide

Adelaide SA 5005


t: +61 8 8313 9164 or +61 9 8313 9165

e: jmcoetzeecentre@adelaide.edu.au