Remarkable Meetings

  • Posted on: 12 February 2015
  • By: Jesse Blackadde...

Jesse Blackadder and Carol Birrell are in town this month through our Collaborative Residency program. You can visit their residency page here to learn more about their visit, or read on to hear about what they've been up to since arriving.

In the past week the weather has bounced from winter to spring – the ‘winterless winter’ as a member of Blue Canoe Writer’s Group phrased it last night. Swan Lake, in a little valley below our house, froze over enough for ice skating on the weekend (it went down to -6 celsius). On Saturday afternoon it was packed with parents and kids (some wobbling on their skates, some graceful), slithering excited dogs, the end of an ice hockey game. Light snow dusted the surface, the skaters carved patterns in it. Saturday night, in the dark, it was teenagers gracefully skimming the ice, some out on the lake with headlamps glimmering, some close to the shore where the street lights bounced down. Sunday morning it was deserted. The snow dust had melted off, the ice was dark and slick and forbidding, too thin to support human weight. This morning I woke to grey, drizzly warmth and the lake looking decidedly watery. It’s six degrees. That was probably the one day of the season that Sitkans could ice skate.

Website Relaunch

  • Posted on: 4 February 2015
  • By: Peter

We've just relaunched the website with some new features. 
Take a look at our new timeline to look back on some key moments in the history of the Island Institute, get to know our past alumni through the revamped alumni pages for the long running Resident Fellows Program and the more recent Sitka Fellows Program, and submit your applications for the 2015 Sitka Fellows Program using our new application interface. 


Upcoming, Current, and Recent Residents

In Sitka February, 2015

Dr Jesse Blackadder is a previous Island Institute Fellow (from 2007). She is an author of award-winning adult and children’s novels with environmental themes, and an environmental journalist. Dr Carol Birrell is an academic, writer and environmental artist from the university of Western Sydney.

In Sitka December, 2014

Jimmy Riordan is an Alaskan born multidisciplinary artist and educator. Though technically trained in book-arts and printmaking, his practice is not bound by any specific media. Dealing in both images and experience, his work often involves collaboration, asking the audience and other artists for their participation. Community and location play a large role in Riordan's choice of form and development of content. 

In Sitka October, 2014

Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in India, Russia, and the United Kingdom. She spent two months in Sitka through the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program, working on a new play, a television screenplay, and hosting readings and workshops while here.