Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program
The Abbotsford Convent is now accepting applications for our 2019 Studio Residency Program.
About The 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, 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 6 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: Monday 7 January – Friday 5 July 2019
Residency 2: Monday 8 July – Friday 20 December 2019
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.
From 2018 Resident Luke George:
"My 2018 Studio Residency at Abbotsford Convent provided me with stability for my practice: a space to work from, to incubate, to launch and pursue ideas and projects. I was able to connect to all the different communities of people who visit or work at the Convent, all with different backgrounds, interests and reasons for being here.
My residency provoked me to re-engage with my interest in artistic social engagement and how people choose to engage in art, public space and with each other. The Convent was the perfect place for me to develop my new project ‘A Call To Actions’. I’m very happy to be continuing my partnership with Abbotsford Convent towards further projects. I now feel like I’m part of the Convent community."
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
We invite proposals for the Abbotsford Convent 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 (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 potential 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/s.
Applications open: Monday 6 August
Applications close: Sunday 16 September, 11.59pm
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 using the form below
- Apply via the online form by Sunday 16 September 2018, 11.59pm
Please contact the Abbotsford Convent’s Tenant Community Manager, Leonie Wray, for any questions about the studio residency program, the space or to arrange a viewing.
About 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 over 100 artists, cultural and 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) launched the unique Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program in 2017 enlivens 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.
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