Located on an ancient, ever-changing piece of land that inspires awe and artistry, The Farm Margaret River offers immersion in the sublime. It is both a working rural property and a home to artist studios — a place to make, explore, examine and restore.
The Farm sits amid the ancient and diverse flora of Western Australia’s South West region, an ecologically significant place of sacred caves, rugged coastline and monumental karri forests. This is the ancestral Country of the Wardandi people, a cultural group of the Noongar nation who have lived on and from this land, the rivers that run through it and the ocean it meets in harmony for tens of thousands of years.
Here, we seek to engage with and learn from our natural environment through experimental practices, creative inquiry and visual languages. We host artistic collaborations, exhibitions and funded residency programs that invite local and global artists to produce and share new works responding to this unique landscape.
The Farm comprises several studios and a workshop, providing access to both agricultural farming land and natural bushlands. Our farm enjoys rich, mineral-dense soils and is home to diverse flora and fauna. An artesian spring feeds a dam and tributary that flows to the ocean. Waves can be heard crashing along the isolated beaches nearby, and witnessed from walking tracks that wind along coastal cliffs.
Our residency program is an opportunity to experience this place and contribute to our ongoing collective learning. As nature informs our artists, our artists inform us. Together we pursue a deeper understanding of our environment and our role within it.
A family-founded project, The Farm Margaret River was established in 2017 by husband and wife directors Helen Taylor Mack and Darryl Mack on their family property. The family remains central to life at The Farm, but the project has evolved to include a wider team and community.
On farms, sheds are the epicentres of work. We’ve converted ours into comfortable studios designed to immerse artists in the landscape. Surrounded by the hum of farm life and the region’s endemic karri and marri bushland, the studios are places for refuge, research, reflection and creativity. The studios are made available as part of our funded residency program.
The Farm is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the arts community. We are joined in spirit and in purpose by others who share our desire to reconnect with land through art.
Your donations assist in the development of projects and residencies that support local artists and bring national and international artists to the region.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, or if you are interested in supporting us in other ways, please contact us.
The Farm’s artistic community extends far beyond the boundaries of the property, into the local community and around the world. To discover more, or to find out about how you can contribute, get in touch.