Arts Residencies ACT

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2017 Funding

The specific Arts Residencies ACT funding category will not be open this year, for 2017 funding.

As an interim arrangement, artsACT will provide funding for residencies direct to Key Arts Organisations managing an ACT arts facility that has accommodation for artists. These facilities are the Canberra Glassworks, Gorman House Arts Centre, Megalo Access Arts, Strathnairn Arts Centre, and the Watson Arts Centre

Artist residencies supported in this way must still align to the ACT Artist in Residency Policy. While it will be a matter for these centres to develop an artist residency, artsACT encourages partnerships or collaborations with other organisations, including ACT Key Arts or Program organisations, cultural institutions or other relevant organisations/agencies.

artsACT is currently undertaking a review of funding arrangements and developing a new Arts Funding Plan, aligned with the 2015 ACT Arts Policy, which will set out the ACT Government’s arts funding priorities. 

artsACT commenced community consultation on the Arts Funding Plan through the CBRarts Forum ‘Making CBRarts Happen’ held on 17 March 2016. Discussions on the development of the Plan will continue during 2016 and we welcome any submissions by 13 May 2016.

We anticipate that a new Arts Funding Plan will be considered by government at the end of 2016, and that it will inform a revised ACT Arts Fund, including possible changes to funding categories and delivery mechanisms. Following the ACT Government’s approval of a new Arts Funding Plan, artsACT will launch the revised ACT Arts Fund, anticipated to commence in 2018.

As a consequence of developing the Arts Funding Plan, artsACT has implemented a number of interim arrangements across the ACT Arts Fund, including not opening the Arts Residency funding category in 2016, for funding in 2017.

Any queries on Arts Residency funding should be directed to Jim Adamik, Program Manager, on 6207 2379.


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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the policy here.

An artist residency is an opportunity provided by a host organisation that enables a guest artist to develop work and creatively explore new ideas. Residencies support cultural and artistic exchange, nurture experimentation and new ideas, and support research and the development of new work.

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.

Funding assists ACT arts and non-arts organisations to offer interstate or international artists a residency experience in the ACT. Applications need to 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 successful 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. Where accommodation is not able to be provided on-site, it is expected that adequate allowance is made in the budget to cover artist accommodation costs for the duration 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

Dante Marioni at The Glassworks

Dante Marioni at the Canberra Glassworks