Arts Residencies ACT

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2017 Funding

Five ACT Government arts centres will share in $56,000 Arts Residencies ACT funding to host visiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in 2017. Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures is a key principle of the ACT Arts Policy.

Megalo Print Studio, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra Potters’ Society, Gorman Arts Centre, and Strathnairn Arts Association will each invite celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to stay in Canberra and provide them with opportunities to connect with local artists and communities, encourage experimentation and new ideas, and support the research and development of new work.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture contribute strongly to the vitality of our region and uniqueness of our national identity. By undertaking a residency in Canberra, visiting artists will have the opportunity to discover some of what the city has to offer, and immerse themselves in its vibrant arts sector and creative community.


The Arts Residencies ACT program is a key initiative of the ACT Government’s ACT Artists-in-Residence Policy. The policy outlines a vision of Canberra as a sought after destination for artists.

The Arts Residencies ACT program provides opportunities for artists from interstate or overseas to spend time in Canberra, to work in a new environment and to engage with ACT artists and organisations and the wider community.

Applications must demonstrate an understanding of an artist’s requirements and the outcomes expected of an arts residency. The selection process for, or nomination of, the artist is managed by the organisation. Partnership development is encouraged, and community and arts sector engagement with the artist is expected.

Funding can be used towards the costs of travel, accommodation, studio expenses, a stipend for the artist and the administration and promotion of the residency. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional funding sources or provide an in-kind and/or financial contribution.

More Information

To find out more about Arts Residencies ACT, including the Artists-in-Residence Toolkit, previous funding recipients and links to arts residencies in the ACT click here

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Dante Marioni at The Glassworks

Dante Marioni at the Canberra Glassworks