Based in Victoria Charley Leader completed a Graduate Diploma in Visual Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002. The power of childhood memories from family camping trips to Hill End gave Charley the desire to return to the Village and engage with the area and the local community. A significant aspect of her practice examines the capacity for the physical characteristics of materials to convey meaning.

During her residency Charley aims to create a series of new works on paper which extend on the use of materials in her practice and incorporate local renewable and discarded resources such as earth pigments, plant dyes and fragments of rocks as drawing materials. These works will develop around the allusions and associations discovered in relation to the local landscape, residents and history.