International Residency - Colectivo Ayllu (Spain)

Partnering with the prestigious 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), the inaugural Australian Print Workshop (APW) Beverley Shelton Artist-in-Residency project was awarded to Colectivo Ayllu members, Kimy/Leticia Alexandra Rojas Miranda and Francisco Antonio Godoy Vega, who undertook their residency at APW from 5-24 August in 2019.

Based in Madrid (Spain), Colectivo Ayllu had been selected to participate in the Biennale by Brook Andrew, the biennale’s Artistic Director (2020).

The APW residency provided an opportunity for the artists to create a substantial body of new print-based work in collaboration with APW’s highly skilled Printers and specialist Printmakers.

A cross-country development process involved Kimy and Francisco using the Skype platform to collaborate ‘long distance’ with other members of the Collective who were working in their Madrid Studio.

The work that was produced comprised of a series of lithographs combining photolithography and hand-drawn lithography, with several works incorporating the addition of hand-colouring, collage elements and hand-stitching. Seven works were conceived as original fine art limited edition prints and printed in editions of ten. A further ten works, printed as ‘posters’ in editions of 10 or 40, formed the basis of an immersive installation constructed by Colectivo Ayllu for the Biennale.

The work from this major collaboration was exhibited in Sydney as part of the Biennale (2020) and subsequently at APW Gallery (2021).

APW is deeply grateful for the generous support for this project from the estate of Beverley Shelton and her late husband Martin Schönthal.