Chalk Art by Ulla TaylorArtists in Residence

Read about the successful Artists in Residence for 2018 here.

The Creative Gippsland team annually hosts an Artist in Residence program. We partner an artist with a town in each Shire in our Gippsland region - East Gippsland, Wellington, Latrobe, South Gippsland, Baw Baw and Bass Coast. The artist could be a visual artist, performing artist, writer / story teller, poet, dancer etc.

This is an opportunity for an artist to spend 10-14 days in a beautiful, small town and create a piece of work in response to the environment and giving back to the host community.

For the host communities it is an opportunity to spend time with an artist with new ideas and ways of looking at their world. They will learn skills and / or acquire a deeper knowledge of a particular art form or artistic practice.

In a way this residency could be akin to planting a seed in the town – who knows what it will lead to! The intention behind these residencies is to develop new cultural networks, share skills and inspiration, and encourage collaboration between different people and communities. Both the artists and the community need to be willing to engage with each other in an open minded and generous manner.

Application Artists in Residence 2018

Watch a video created by Walhalla Artist in Residence 2017, Anne Riggs.


The Residency

The residency can be completed in one visit of 10 to 14 days.

During the residency the artist will be accommodated in the town.

Over the stay the artist will conceive, develop and produce an artwork in response to their new environment and experiences.
Artists in any artform can apply. One criteria is that the resulting artwork needs to be able to be shown publicly in some manner at the end of the residency.

During the residency the artist is expected to willingly share their skills and knowledge in some manner appropriate to their proposal. This could be through workshops, talks or open studio whichever is most suitable. There needs to be a resulting artwork that will be shown publicly and celebrated in some manner, at the end of the residency. This too will form part of the proposal.

Applications for the six Artist in Residence positions will open in December when the host towns have been determined. The Residencies will take place in May.


  • Monday 12 March - Expressions of Interest due
  • Friday 16 March -  Shortlisted artists notified
  • 22 – 23 March - Interviews and venue TBA
  • Friday 30 March - Successful applicants notified. Applicants contracted


The budget is final and no further funds are available. Please note these amounts are GST inclusive.

Artist Fee - $1500 / Paid to the artist - after
Transport - $100 / Paid to the artist - prior
Per diems $50pd - $300 / Paid to the artist- prior
Materials - $500 / Paid to the artist- prior
Sub total $2,400

Accommodation - $700 / Paid to the host- prior
Presentation / celebration - $200 / Paid to the host- prior
Sub total $900

Total $3,300

Responsibilities and Rights

The Artist

Once the artist is selected they will be contracted. More detail will be in the contract. In general terms the artist is expected to:

  • Engage openly and respectfully with the local host community, and all parties
  • Give back to the community – skills, knowledge, networks, techniques, experience
  • Have a public outcome in some form
  • Provide documentation / evaluation afterwards
  • Allow photos of the residency and its outcomes to be used in publicity and general promotion by all parties
  • Have adequate Public Liability Insurance
  • Manage any particular permits that their artwork may require
  • Provide their own specialist tools, equipment or transportation if required

The artist has full artistic direction over the work produced during the residency, and retains all copyright, and physical ownership of the work that they create during the residency. If community members create work during workshops, they retain copyright and physical ownership of their work. Copyright will be negotiated for any joint works.

The Local Host

  • Help choose the most suitable artist
  • Engage openly and respectfully with all parties
  • Provide a safe and welcoming environment for the artist
  • Encourage wide community engagement
  • Provide venue for workshops / talks / presentation as required
  • Promote the project appropriately, including showcasing the residency outcomes in the community newsletter

Creative Gippsland

  • Engage openly and respectfully with all parties
  • Facilitate residencies
  • Engage and contract the Artist
  • Support the Artist and LHO via regular contact
  • Provide funding as outlined in the budget
  • Assist with publicity and promotion

Apply to be an Artist in Residence

Selection Criteria and Process

Application Artists in Residence 2018

The artist will be selected by representatives of Creative Gippsland, Regional Arts Victoria and the local host organisation. Selection will be based on:

  • The artist’s willingness to engage with the community
  • The quality of their artwork
  • Their experience working with community
  • The manner in which they wish to engage with community
  • Their proposed public outcome/s

Your application should consist of:

  • A current and relevant CV
  • Examples of your work. This can be via links to websites and/or files on a USB stick.
  • A covering letter addressing the following:
    - The artform/s in which you propose to work
    - The proposed outcome and / or how you will present your work in public
    - Why you want to do this residency, what you expect to get out of it
    - Your experience working with community
    - How you would prefer to engage with the community, ie: public talks, informal talks, structured workshops, open studio, public presentation

Send your application to Tim Dakin at 

Artist applications close on 12 March 2018.

Pictured above: Chalk Art by Ulla Taylor at Newhaven