Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program
About The Abbotsford Convent
Just four kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD and spread over 16 acres, the Abbotsford Convent – with its 11 historic buildings and heritage gardens – is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. The Convent is home to more than 100 artists, cultural workers, creative industries workers and not for profits in our studios, and we also have two galleries, cafés, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space.
In our quest to be renowned for stimulating community engagement and cultural exchange through the wonderful and unexpected curiosities of our people and our place, the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) is building a unique Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program to enliven our place, our community and our arts sector. This studio residency is designed for someone who wants to be an active part of this vibrant community and spend time immersing themselves in everything the Convent has to offer.
At the Convent we aim to transform people’s lives through diverse cultural experiences and the Convent precinct’s striking landscape. We want to work with artists and creative industries leaders to engage with our unique site to transform the way our audiences experience art and place through this studio residency program.
About the Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program
The Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program has a focus on supporting artists to develop work/s that are site-specific or site-responsive. The work/s created through the studio residency will be presented throughout our site, as a vibrant and temporary means of fostering delight and dialogue as well as engagement between our site, urban landscape, artistic community and audiences.
The studio residency program offers a unique opportunity to have time, space and support to undertake site specific or responsive research, investigation and consideration.
It offers you an opportunity to invest in your own artistic practice and at the same time build your professional network and share your work with diverse audiences.
The Convent, with its many buildings, many people and textured history is fascinating and layered. However the continual change experienced across the history of our site combined with the spaces within and in between our built environment are delightfully porous and ripe for artistic investigation.
The studio residency program will provide two artists with:
- Studio space for six months with 24/7 access
- An honorarium of $2,500 to be invested in the studio residency project outcome
- Access to Convent staff for support and mentoring
- Marketing and communications package to promote your studio residency and outcome.
Residency 1: Friday 22 December 2017 – Friday 22 June 2018
Residency 2: Monday 25 June 2018 – Friday 21 December 2018
The studio is a 10m² space located in the west wing on the second level of the Convent building. Facilities include: free WiFi, power points, access to a wash-up sink, heating, shared kitchenette, bathrooms, shower and subsidised car parking and venue hire.
Please note that due to the heritage nature of the building, any intended use or practice that produces emissions or particles cannot be considered due to the sensitive nature of the fire and particle sensors located throughout the building – please refer to our FAQ document.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Proposals for the Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program are welcome from Australian as well as International artist(s) who work in any media or form. For interstate and international applicants, please note that the Convent does not provide residential accommodation (please refer to the FAQs document).
A selection panel will assess proposals based on applicants’ responses to the following selection criteria:
- The commitment and capacity of the applicant to use the opportunity to progress their artistic practice and makes good use of the studio space and Convent site through this site specific/responsive studio residency
- Demonstrated track record in successfully completing previous projects to the highest artistic standards
- The quality of the applicant’s artistic concept to add to the creative dynamic of the Convent and make an impact on our community.
A condition of applying for this studio residency is that the successful applicants will commit to producing a site-responsive or site-specific work / body of work as well as present an artist’s floor talk or other creative public programming concept.
HOW TO APPLY
All applicants must submit:
- CV / biography – including any exhibitions, grants, awards, reviews, etc.
- Up to 12 images
- A response to the above-listed selection criteria (no more than 3 A4 pages)
- Apply via the online form by Thursday 21 September 2017 by 5pm: