Address: Level 4, 153 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: by appointment (warning: lots of stairs)
Property Donor: Iris Capital
Launched: 21 February 2017
Closed: 17 October 2017
Who are you?
Tallulah Cunningham is an eclectic illustrator who brings humour and attention to detail in equal measure to her practice. She spent her formative years in central Australia and, briefly, Zimbabwe. She moved to Newcastle for the University of Newcastle’s Natural History Illustration degree and came out the other side with a PhD, a partner, a dachshund and an unbridled enthusiasm for microbats.
What do you do?
To come back into first person: I create imagery to educate and delight. My recent work has ranged in genre from delicate scientific botanical illustrations through migratory bird kimono designs to steampunk animals and fantasy characters on motorbikes. I am the consulting visual creative for an Australian rocket scientist and have been awarded accolades within the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) for my illuminated manuscript-based work. I work in watercolour, ink and digital predominantly but dabble in a number of other medium.
What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle?
Initially I was a part of the creative collective “Octopus Ink” – a group of visual creatives who shared a work space through Renew. The other members of the space moved on to other callings but I was still keen for a dedicated studio space and was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to share an existing space with another artist.
What are you doing in your new space?
My Renew space is a dedicated work space for my illustration and other visual projects. I have found it makes a major difference to creative practice to have a physical space set aside away from where one lives. It allows me to lay out projects and work on them without the house hold distractions that come with working from a home studio.
I share in-process photos and in-studio updates online through my Patreon (www.patreon.com/papertigress)
Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
I am on the fourth floor of a beautiful Art Deco building in one of what appears to have been small apartment rooms that share kitchen – washing facilities. The west-facing windows in my space let in a lot natural light which is fantastic for both my traditional illustration work and my young apple bonsai. I have a nice big blank wall to tack up working drawings and every visit to the studio gives me a fine leg workout tackling the eight sets of stairs.
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