Institute for Regional Development

Call for creativity: 2017 arts residency

Established and emerging artists have an opportunity to creatively interpret one of Tasmania’s most iconic regions through their chosen discipline.

Applications are now open for the University of Tasmania Cradle Coast campus 2017 Artist-in-Residence program, inviting contenders to create work that brings their interpretations and perspectives of the North-West region to life, with the support of a $5000 grant.

The University has offered the residency annually since 2011 and this year has broadened the parameters of the program, traditionally limited to professional artists, to now allow senior undergraduates from the Tasmanian College of the Arts to apply.

University of Tasmania Makers’ Workshop Coordinator Joanna Gair said the program’s expansion presented a prestigious opportunity for local aspiring artists.

“This is an exciting development in the life of this residency; while we still welcome applications from professional artists in Tasmania, interstate and overseas, ultimately it’s the quality of the ideas and the ability to deliver them that is important,” Ms Gair said.

Since its inception, the Artist-in-Residence program has attracted applications from across the globe, with recipients including visual artists David Edgar, Hugo Moline, Heidi Axelsen and Ross Byers, and Tasmanian-based composer Dean Stevenson, whose project, Facing North, will debut at the 2017 Ten Days on the Island festival.

The successful 2017 applicant will be required to spend four weeks in the Cradle Coast region as part of the residency, and engage with North-West communities, the local environment, its history, new technologies and research to inspire their work.

The 2017 Artist-in-Residence application form and further information can be found here: Applications close Saturday, 3 December.



Published on: 03 Oct 2016