Creative invited to apply for Ainslie + Gorman Arts Center residency program

Artist performs on stage

Artists have until November 28 to apply for a residency position at the Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centers. Photo: Ainslie + Gorman and art centers.

Canberra-based artists and cultural practitioners have a great opportunity to develop their craft, with four residencies at the Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centers.

The two art centers have four accommodation options that are now open for application as part of the Creative Recovery and Resilience Program in collaboration with artsACT.

Host Rochelle Whyte said two sites are dedicated to Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander who identify artists, artworkers and cultural practitioners, and two sites are dedicated to artists, artworkers or cultural practitioners interested in community art and cultural development.

“We are looking for ACT-based and connected artists, artworkers and cultural practitioners from all stages of their careers to be a part of this paid living opportunity,” Ms Whyte said.

Participants will have access to financial support, mentoring opportunities, access to space, as well as being supported by our experienced program team.

“Mentoring is an important part of this opportunity.”

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The center is looking for applications from artists, cultural practitioners and art professionals who can clearly formulate where they have come from, where they are now, and where they want to go in terms of their creative or cultural practice path.

Applicants should be eager to gain new skills and knowledge of their art or cultural practice; be open to risk-taking and experiments, new ideas and ways of working; and could engage in critical conversations about art and cultural practice.

The successful applicants will be paid a living income equivalent to eight weeks full-time or 16 weeks part-time.

The residencies will provide financial, creative and career support tailored to the artist’s specific creative practice needs and goals.

“This is an opportunity to really dive into their art practice without the pressure of a public result, to really get into the research or sowing of new work, or to build new skills and expand creative networks,” Ms Whyte said.

“We strongly encourage anyone who would like to apply to contact us first as we are more than happy to answer any questions they may have and also help them make their best application.”

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Creative from a wide range of art forms, including interdisciplinary and experimental art practice, crafts and design, performance, music, visual arts, film, theater, dance and circus are encouraged to apply.

Places are also open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who see their practice primarily as a commitment, a continuation, and an expression of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Professionals working in an applied creative field who may have an artistic or creative practice, such as creative producers, curators, editors, directors, production / set / lighting designers, or professionals engaged in the art industry who do not necessarily identify themselves as an artist, but is employed in the arts and culture sector can also apply for residency.

Applicants who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQA +, live with a disability or are under the age of 25, or applicants from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications close at 23.59 Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Interested applicants can find more detailed information here and are encouraged to read the detailed information for the stay category they are interested in applying for.

For assistance, contact Ainslie + Gorman Arts Center’s Creative Recovery and Resilience Program Producer Nyssa Miller at or phone 02 6182 0000.

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