Artist in Own Residence program

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The Nillumbik Artist in Own Residence program has been developed to commission opportunities for our local creatives to create for, or with, community from their own unique art spaces.

Who can apply

The program is open to locally-based artists and creative businesses from all mediums including visual artists, musicians, performers, writers, film makers, photographers, crafters and any other type of artistic or creative pursuit.

Council welcomes applications from Indigenous/First Nations artists, artists with disability and/or artists from CALD communities. Please contact us if you require support in submitting an application.  

How applications are assessed

Residencies will be selected according to their creative merit, ability to positively impact the community and contribution to an overall program that is diverse and vibrant.

A selection panel comprised of Members of Council’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee and the Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee will formally assess and select all successful projects. 

Funding details

Two categories of residency commissions are available:

  • Up to $1,000 +GST for bite-size projects
  • Up to $3,000 +GST for larger projects
Total Pool: $30,000

In addition to the residency funding, costs of up to $1,000 associated with access requirements for participating artists/arts workers or to make work accessible for audiences with disability will be considered (for example Auslan, captioning, support workers, special materials and equipment).

View requirements and considerations

  • Artists must be locally based (live/work/study/play in Nillumbik).
  • All artforms are eligible.
  • Projects must be community-focussed.
  • Creatives are encouraged to deliver innovative projects that will support their own creative practice, help strengthen community connections and boost morale.
  • All applications must be submitted online. Assistance can be provided with this if required.
  • Projects must be COVID-safe. A COVID safe plan will be required on commencement of the project.
  • Artists must be able to create the project using their own creative space, materials and equipment.
  • Artists must provide project details and images for promotional purposes to Council as requested.
  • Copyright will remain with the creative but reproduction of the created project for non-commercial promotional purposes will be granted to Council.
  • Creatives will be provided full permissions to use the created project for their own purposes on completion of the project.
  • Public Liability Insurance may be required subject to the project type and location and will be confirmed prior to payment.
  • For projects undertaken on Council land or within Council facilities, Council’s community Public Liability Insurance may be available for a small fee.
  • All successful projects will be required to complete an evaluation on completion.

Key dates

  • Applications open on 11 October and close on 11 November 2021.
  • Projects must be completed by 30 June 2022 including evaluation.

How to apply

Applications open on Monday 11 October.

Apply here