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Winter Wild Artist in Residence

Congratulations to the first WinterWild artist in residence. Claire Lefebvre and Zoltan Fecso will occupy the Apollo Bay Arts Inc. gallery in Apollo Bay for the month of August.

The space will function as an open studio/gallery/workshop for the development of new work across multiple platforms and will be open to the public for the duration of the residency.

The resulting material will be included in the WinterWild program and documented on The Development Lab website.


Zoltan Fecso is a musician and composer based on Wurundjeri Land in Naarm/ Melbourne. Using limitations as a discipline, Zoltan’s interdisciplinary approach to sound explores the experiences of active listening.

Zoltan's music can be found on Hush Hush Records (USA) The Slow Music Movement (PT), Shimmering Moods (NL) and Whitelab Records (UK). He has performed and presented work in festivals, venues and galleries in Australia and Europe, including the Melbourne Recital Centre, Jolt Sonic Arts Festival, STEIM Amsterdam, Jan Herman Ridderbos Gallery in France and FestivALT in Poland.


Claire Lefebvre lives and works on Wurundjeri Land in Naarm/ Melbourne, Australia and in 2014 completed a Master of Fine Arts, with Distinction. Her five solo shows in Melbourne include "Lush Layer Light" at ODCE (2018), "Awe Is What Moves Us Forward" at Alternating Current Art Space (2017), "United States of Curiosity" at Red Gallery (2016), "Luminous Numinous" at Tinning Street Presents (2016) and "New Work" at Side Car Gallery (2013). Her numerous group exhibitions include "Red Stocking" (Red Gallery, 2016), “For the Love of Colour” (Gallerysmith Project Space, 2015) and “Real Delirium” (N/A Gallery, 2014). Claire was shortlisted for the M Collection Prize and won the RMIT MFA Alumni Prize in 2014, was named a finalist in both the Albany Art Prize and the Hornsby Art Prize in 2015 and was shortlisted for the St Kevin's Art Show in 2019. Her work is held in several private collections in Australia, Europe and the UK.

Claire's practice is influenced by wonderment and a deep reciprocal relationship with the natural world. She works across painting, drawing, sculpture, tattooing, knitting and storytelling.

Project Outline

The themes for this experimental collaboration are myths, stories and the history of the Apollo Bay area. Zoltan and Claire will be researching and responding to ideas about nature, wildness, darkness, mist and ghosts. This project will also aim to strengthen the already strong connection of the two artists to Apollo Bay. It is an area with profound meaning from Claire’s childhood, particularly Wild Dog Valley, and is a place both artists visit as often as possible.

This project will combine the exploration of both artists' practices, such as field recording, composition, sound walks, documentation, drawing, painting, tattooing, storytelling and text.


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