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March 2022

RMIT x Blak & Bright McCraith Residency 2022

Congratulations Claire G Coleman! Claire is the inaugural RMIT x Blak & Bright McCraith Residency recipient. The provision is for one two-week creative residency at the Bunurong (Mornington Peninsula) property.

The heritage listed McCraith House is affectionately known as the ‘Butterfly House’ for its unique geometric design. A landmark of experimental post-war modern architecture, McCraith House was commissioned by Gerald and Ellen ‘Nell’ McCraith in 1955.

Gifted to RMIT in 2013, by descendants of its original owners, the property has since been carefully restored by RMIT University. The RMIT Culture team is responsible for delivering the University’s McCraith House Artists and Writers in Residency program.

We thank the RMIT Culture team for making this First Nations residency possible.

Announcement made by Jane Harrison, Director Blak & Bright Festival 2022 – at Capitol Theatre launch party

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose Country is in South Coast Western Australia. Her novel Terra Nullius, won a Black&Write! Fellowship and a Norma K Hemming Award; and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and an Aurealis Award. The Old Lie is her second novel

Her collection of essays Lies, Damned Lies is reviewed here.