City of Greater Dandenong Artist in Residency Program

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The City of Greater Dandenong Artist in Residence program (AiR) provides a unique opportunity for artists to step away from their usual surroundings for a period of intense focus on their practice in a unique and supported environment.

Residencies are available for research and development or for the creation of new work and are offered individually or in groups.
Applications are now open for this year’s Artist in Residence Program and close on Friday 31 March 2017.
Applications are to be submitted online via the online form

Who can apply?
The Artist in Residency program is open to emerging and professional artists and creative thinkers from all disciplines, from Australia and overseas, including visual artists, digital artists, musicians, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators.

What is provided?
Resident artists are provided with studio space and a materials fee of $200. Greater Dandenong offers residencies across multiple cultural venues including:
• Drum Theatre, a state-of-the-art, purpose built performing arts theatre within the heritage façade of the former Dandenong Town Hall and is situated in the heart of the Dandenong CBD.
• Heritage Hill, a unique historic precinct featuring two beautifully preserved buildings, Laurel Lodge (1869) and Benga (1936), on two acres of landscaped gardens in the heart of Dandenong.
• Walker Street Gallery, featuring a diverse range of exhibition and performing arts spaces, with monthly exhibitions, artist talks and openings.
• Greater Dandenong Libraries with over 1.2 million annual visitors, the libraries are the heart of our community, offering a diverse range of activities, workshops and events.

What does the residency include?
Support for your residency may include:
• a one month exhibition within the year on the conclusion of your residency to showcase work. This may be held as a group show.
• individual exhibition opportunities
• community performances at a cultural facility and/or Council event.
• open studio initiatives
• community engagement through workshops, artist talks etc.
• artist interviews published across Council digital platforms
• networking opportunities with the local arts community

What is required of the artist?
Artists are required to attend the residency for a minimum of 10 hours per week. Other contributions to community may include:
• a public presentation or demonstration of the artists work towards an exhibition and/or performance
• a masterclass, community workshops or tutorial of some kind
• a co-ordinated community project in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong
• contribute to existing Council programming such as school holidays programs, festival activity and/or library workshops.

If you need more information or would like to discuss your ideas or application please contact Greer Davis, Arts & Culture Officer, on 8571 1000 or


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