ACU art lecturer wins NYC studio residency

Thursday, 5 March 2015

17 February 2010: Dr Catherine Bell, Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design Course Coordinator and Art Lecturer at ACU’s Melbourne Campus, has been awarded a prestigious studio residency in New York City by The Australia Council for the Arts.

Photo: Catherine Bell Dr Catherine Bell

Dr Bell will travel to SoHo’s Greene Street Studio in June to further develop her video and performance-based practice.

She will also use the studio as a base to investigate the lineage of New York feminist art and performance, which originated and flourished in the SoHo area.

“I am really excited about this opportunity to focus on creating a new body of work during the three month residency,” Dr Bell said.

“To have a studio in New York, the financial backing and the time to make work, is every artist’s dream and I intend to use every minute productively - establishing networks, engaging with a contemporary visual arts practice and participating in performance art workshops.

"I will be specifically researching The Feminist Art Project video archive at the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers University, and in particular the work of the Guerrilla Girls - an anonymous group of radical feminist artists established in New York City in 1985.

“I recently began a new video piece, Gorilla Girl, that pays homage to the Guerrilla Girls and will use this residency to develop it into a series.

"The work is inspired by Hollywood jungle films from the 1930s like King Kong but subverts the female role from object of desire to heroine."

Dr Bell’s video work can be viewed online at