Artist in Residence Program

Artist in Residence graphic for website with image of an artist painting

Applications for the 2024-25 Nillumbik Artist in Residence Program are open from 9am Monday 1 April 2024 until 5pm Tuesday 30 April 2024.

The program is open to individual artists and small artist groups from visual arts, literary arts, and performing arts or cross-disciplinary arts practice across these fields. The Young Performing Artist Residency is open to artists aged 18 to 25.

For all the information and application instructions, please read the Creative Brief(PDF, 833KB) .

As part of our Arts and Culture Strategy goal to create a visible and supported creative community, we are committed to offering artist residency programs in inspiring places, in support of emerging and established artists. 

The 2024-25 Nillumbik Artist in Residence Program has been developed to create artist residencies for local creatives to explore their practice in an environment removed from the distractions of everyday life, connect to the Nillumbik Community and to develop a Nillumbik-inspired project.  

The Nillumbik Artist in Residence Program provides three separate artist residencies:

  1. Visual Artist in Residence at Edendale Community Environment Farm
  2. Literary Artist in Residence at Eltham Library and/or Diamond Valley Library
  3. Young Performing Artist in Residence at Nillumbik Youth Hub (artists aged 18 to 25)

Specific commitments to the residency host venue are embedded into the program.

The program will offer each artist:

  • A studio/creative space.
  • A grant of $5,000 payable in two instalments (June 2024 and November 2024).
  • Support and payment by separate invoice in line with NAVA or industry association rates for the delivery of a series of community sessions.
  • Promotion of artist, project, community sessions and other activities related to the residency.

Please read the Creative Brief(PDF, 833KB) before submitting an application.

Apply now

Artists in Residence July 2023 - March 2024

Nicholas (Nick) Currie

Nicholas Currie artist in residence 2023

Visual Artist in Residence at Edendale Community Environment Farm

Nicholas Currie is an artist, performer and writer. He is a descendent of the Mununjali clan of the Yugambeh language group, with connection to Kuku Yalanji country as well as European ancestors. Nick works in painting, curating, ceramics and performance.

During this residency, Nick will be creating new work for future exhibitions. These may include a performance art piece, ceramics and a suite of new paintings and sculptures.

"I like to paint." Nick Currie, 2023

Ale Prunotto

Ale Prunotto artist in residence 2023

Literary Artist (Writer) in Residence at Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) in partnership with YPRL.

Ale is a white, trans non-binary writer and researcher. They are intrigued by how to tell true stories in a creative and engaging way through narrative non-fiction. Drawing on their anthropology studies, Ale's work currently explores concepts of embodiment, public space, gender, race, power and risk. 

During this residency, Ale will be working on a book about parkour. Parkour is a movement discipline that involves engaging creatively and efficiently with obstacles.

“Most people have a stereotypical image of what parkour is: young, cisgender men chasing adrenaline highs with roof jumps and flips. Yet this image is inaccurate. All over the world, there are thriving communities of women and gender diverse people who practice parkour in a variety of ways, seeking both challenge and play. By doing parkour in public spaces, women and gender diverse people are resisting narratives of violence that suggest that public space is not for people like them.” Ale Prunotto, 2023

Hana Zreikat

Hana Zreikat artist in residence 2023

Performing Artist in Residence at Living & Learning Nillumbik

Hana Zreikat is an award-winning singer-songwriter, a composer and concert pianist, with Jordanian/Greek heritage and her own experiences growing up in Australia.

Hana’s classically trained piano skills and intuitive vocals create music reminiscent of Regina Spector, Yiruma and Missy Higgins; with creations that explore intricacies of life, love and identity. Her works have been performed locally and worldwide. She has also composed and conducted for organisations such as the Australian National Academy of Music, The Australian Children’s Choir, Creativity Australia, The Chamber Strings of Melbourne and The Ballarat Symphony Orchestra.

In 2021, Hana released her debut album Black Balloons and 2023 sees the release of her second album Butterfly

During this residency, Hana will be creating a new performance piece involving stories and traditional music from her cultural heritage. This will incorporate spoken word/storytelling and music.