Out of the blue a very welcome opportunity to take up a two week artist in residency at Police Point was offered to me. I had been yearning to immerse myself into oil painting so I jumped at the offer. Two full weeks gave me the chance to do just that. I had never been to this part of the Peninsula before and I was immediately absorbed, intrigued and immersed into the history and present life of the Quarantine Station which was a short walk from the cottage where I stayed.
The Quarantine Station has been on this site since 1852. You can read about it here on the Parks Victoria page.
Having spent a lot of the last two years thinking and creating a body of work about diseases, pandemics, vaccinations and the impact of these on society at this early time in Australia’s colonial history through my KEIRLAND project; the immersion into early Quarantine Station life gave me new insights into how people lived, and died in the face of life threatening illness. It was also obviously a marvelous place to reflect on the last two years, and notice similarities in attitudes towards vaccination!
I loved walking around the buildings, especially in the late afternoon/early evening, as the sun set and threw a beautiful warm hue over the light coloured buildings; the visitors had gone home and I felt totally at one with the place.
I am very grateful of the Mornington Peninsula Shire and Michael Stowers, the arts officer for this creative opportunity.
2 thoughts on “Police Point, artist in residency. Quarantine Station”
Great to read this and see your photos and to recognise the places we saw together. Thanks so much for inviting me to visit you there.
Have a great time with Rosemary on the weekend xoxo
It was excellent to share it with you Ingrid. xx
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