2022 Studio Residency Program

Come and join us for six months as a Convent Studio Resident Artist in 2022! 

 We are inviting Expressions of Interest from artists and creative industries leaders to engage with our unique precinct and reshape the way our audiences experience art and place. This residency is designed for artists who want to be an active part of the Convent’s vibrant community and spend time immersing themselves in everything the place has to offer.  

 At the Convent, we aim to transform people’s lives through diverse cultural experiences and our precinct’s striking landscape. In our quest to be renowned for stimulating community engagement and cultural exchange, we launched the Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program in 2017 and are thrilled to be offering it again in 2022.  

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The Abbotsford Convent’s six-month studio residency program supports artists to investigate site-specific and/or site-responsive practice. Artistic investigations undertaken through the studio residency will be presented throughout our precinct to foster delight and dialogue, as well as encourage engagement between our site, urban landscape, artistic community, and audiences. 

The residency offers 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, generous landscapes, diverse 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 one artist with: 

  •  Six months of studio space (8 August 2022 – 8 February 2023) with 24/7 access.
  • An honorarium of $2,500.
  • Access to Convent staff for support.
  • Marketing and communications package to promote your studio residency and outcome/s.

The studio is a 10m2 office 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 FAQs document. 

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Closes Sunday 10 July 2022.

About the Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program

The Studio Residency Program focuses on supporting artists to investigate site-specific and/or site-responsive practice. Artistic investigations undertaken through the studio residency will be presented throughout our precinct to foster delight and dialogue, as well as encourage engagement between our site, urban landscape, artistic community and audiences.

The residency 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, generous landscapes, many and diverse 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.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

 We invite Expressions of Interest for the Studio Residency Program 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 and cannot sponsor a visa for applicants where an additional cost is involved (please refer to the FAQs document). All applying artists must have the right to live and work in Australia for six months to receive the honorarium.  

A selection panel will assess Expressions of Interest based on  responses to the following selection criteria:  

  • The commitment and capacity of the artist to use the opportunity to progress their artistic practice and make good use of the studio space and Convent precinct through this site specific/responsive studio residency. 
  • Demonstrated track record in successfully completing previous projects to the highest artistic standards. 
  • The potential of the artistic concept to add to the creative dynamic of the Convent and make an impact on our community.  

 A condition of expressing interest in this Studio Residency Program is that the successful artists will commit to delivering site responsive or site-specific work / body of work/s and/or investigations as well as present an artist’s floor talk or other creative public programming activities.   

 How to express your interest  

 Please submit: 

  • CV/biography – including any exhibitions, grants, awards, reviews, etc. 
  • Up to 12 images 
  • A response to the selection criteria  

Please fill in this online form by Sunday 10 July 2022, 11.59pm  

Enquiries

If you have any questions about the Studio Residency Program, please contact the Abbotsford Convent Programming Team programming@abbotsfordconvent.com.au

Testimonials from Alumni

We sat down with 2021 Convent’s Studio Resident Artist for 2021, the delightful Hellen Sky, an Australian digital choreographer/performer/director/writer, over a cup of rosehip tea and Turkish delight, to discuss her time at the  Convent.   

Read the full interview here

“As an Artist in Residence with ACF, I have been offered the key elements of all artistic practice which have enabled and strengthened both my practice and my resilience as an artist. SPACE within which to house and hold my work, SUPPORT to continue to build the courage to continue to make work in these demanding times and CONFIDENCE in my current projects and my place as an artist here in Australia.” – Leisa Shelton  

 “My residency at the Convent gave me unprecedented freedom in my creative practice. The program was incredibly encouraging and flexible in terms of my creative outcomes, and providing spaces with which I could create. While COVID-19 restrictions meant I couldn’t complete my intended activity, I was able to develop and film several video works within the space that ensured my creative practice could continue during an incredibly challenging time. The staff’s continued support surrounding the eventual delivery of my main project goes above and beyond what I could ever have expected. I cherish my relationship with the Convent and it definitely made me feel a sense of support and community at a time I needed it most.” – Hayley Tanzer 

 “Having the opportunity to be the artist-in-residence at the Abbotsford Convent has allowed me to widely expand what my arts practice looks like. This unique chance to have a large and dedicated, hands-on support network within the Convent itself while being able to keep my time there self-directed is something that I haven’t had access to with other programs in the past. Going forward, this residency has given me some new skill sets and a different approach to how I produce and curate large-scale work and continue to adapt my art to fit different spaces than the norm. I’m looking forward to continuing to make art with the Convent.” – Acacia Christensen 

Previous residents 

Luke George (2018)
Minna Gilligan (2018)
Leisa Shelton (2019)
Acacia Christensen (2019)
Hayley Tanzer (2020)
Jacob Boehme (2021)
Hellen Sky (2021)