Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and ACT Parks & Conservation Service have presented this acclaimed artist-in-residence program since 2006. Artists have found, time and again, that their practice is profoundly altered by the experience of this residency which allows precious stillness, solitude and space for investigation, reflection and generation of new work.
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. We promote and celebrate excellence and innovation in contemporary craft in everything we do – in our retail space, exhibitions, events and membership program.
In 2019, we are honoured to have the Australian National University Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) as our research partner. Artists-in-residence will have the possibility to do research with the team from RSAA with a focus on themes surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.
The research period will be followed by the residency period at Namadgi National Park, where the artist will have the use of a living and working space at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage. Artists may be asked to engage with the community and participate in a public program including an open day at the Cottage. Resulting work from the Artist-in-Residence program will be displayed in an exhibition the following year.
Who can apply?
The Artist-in-Residence program expressions of interest are open to professional, practicing craft practitioners and designer-makers who have a demonstrated history of excellence in their practice. Applications are open to Craft ACT members and depending on quality and type of applications; one to four residency placements are available.
Craft ACT members can apply either as an individual or as a group. If applying as a group, at least one person must be a member of Craft ACT.
There is also one place available to an international craft practitioner / designer maker.
N.B. Previous participants are not eligible to apply again for the residency.
Wednesday 13 – Friday 22 March 2019
Research Period at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Monday 25 March – Sunday 14 April 2019
Residency period at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namagdi National Park
Monday 15 April – Thursday 18 April 2019
Extra research at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Early April to mid May 2020 (exact dates TBC)
Artists-in-Residence will have access to the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics staff during Monday to Friday only. During this time, artists will be provided with a working desk and computer, and an ANU staff member to assist with collection access for the duration of the research period.
Mount Stromlo Observatory is the home of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is The Australian National University’s department of astronomy and astrophysics, a 20-minute drive from the centre of Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Operating Australia’s largest optical observatory, which is located near the town of Coonabarabran in the western plains of New South Wales, which hosts over 50 telescopes from research groups from around the world as well as those of RSAA.
Mount Stromlo started as a solar observatory in 1911, 2 years before Canberra was founded. After being established in 1924 as the Commonwealth Solar Observatory, it transferred to ANU in 1957. Mount Stromlo’s history includes being an optical munitions factory during World War II, serving as the official time keeping service from 1946 - 1972, a high-altitude weather station for the Bureau of Meterology, and now monitoring space weather. The discoveries of both dark matter and also dark energy, the subject of Brian Schmidt’s 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, happened at Mount Stromlo, as well as discovering one of the first planets around other stars. Of course, Mount Stromlo was severely damage in the 2003 Canberra bushfires, however Mount Stromlo has regenerated and renewed and is now a hub for building and test satellites, tracking and removing space junk with lasers, and also building 25 meter telescope in Chile.
This residency has been designed to allow craft practitioners and designer-makers to extend their artistic boundaries through a unique period to focus on the development of their work and ideas. For this reason and due to national park safety procedures, visitors, including partners, children and friends of resident artists are not permitted to join them during the program at the residency sites.
Artists-in-residence have the use of a living and working space at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namagdi National Park. The site is remote and isolated in the Australian bush and artists must be self-sufficient. The cottage is located approximately 50-60km from the nearest town centre, Tharwa, ACT. The Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage is a fully furnished and powered site. Artists must have access to their own transport and provide their own food and linen. Namadgi National Park is a wildlife sanctuary. Pets and other animals are not allowed into the National Park and Nature Reserve.
Craft ACT will arrange an exhibition of the work for early April to mid May 2020 (exact dates TBC).
All applications must include:
1. A residency proposal (criteria can be found below),
2. 6 to 10 high quality images indicative of each artists practice
3. an up to date CV
All applications must be submitted via Submittable and will be considered by the Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Artistic Program Sub-committee, Curator and the CEO. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
All proposals must address the following three points:
1. Why would you/the group like to undertake and what do you hope to achieve during a residency in Namadgi National Park and a sustained research period at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
2. How will the residency enhance your practice/s?
3. How will this proposal engage with community? (what public workshop would you propose for the Open Day at Namagi National Park + exhibition floor talk + other ideas to engage with the public)
Applications will be assessed on the following points:
· Originality (eg. Research direction, ideas, workshops)
· Achievability (don’t plan a trip to the moon, unless you have very good funding)
· Community engagement (floor talks, workshops, etc)
· Curatorial narrative (eg. coherence in group applications, exhibition statement, concept).
• Artistic Excellence (eg. technical expertise).
· External recognition (eg. of practice representation in collections, completed residencies, study both local and international).
· Value of the exhibition/residency/program to the artist’s practice.
Submissions close: 5pm Friday 27 May 2018*
*Please note that Submittable program is written in US, and therefore the expiry date is reversed and written incorrectly. Submissions close 27 May.
Applicants will be notified by end of June 2018
The Fine Print- a must read
Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre requires each artist-in-residence to enter into a short-term contract with the Centre for the duration of the residency and the exhibition in 2020. The Contract must be signed by both parties before the residency commences.
As part of the Artist-in-Residence program at Namadgi National Park, a Site Usage Agreement (SUA) between the artist and Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is required. The artist is required to agree to and sign the SUA prior to commencement, as well as to attend an on-site induction provided by ACT Parks and Conservation Service. The SUA forms part of the residency Contract between Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and the artist.
Costs and Subsidies
The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by Craft ACT, ACT Parks and Conservation, and in 2019 the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre will provide a materials subsidy of $1,000 AUD divided between selected makers. Accommodation at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage is provided to artists-in-residence at no cost. Artists will cover all living and transport expenses for the duration of the residency. Craft ACT will provide a suitable amount of firewood for use during the residency. Artists are responsible for covering any further firewood supplies as needed.
Accommodation will be provided for one international maker during the research period as well as the residency at Namagi National Park.
Funding may become available to assist with international travel, however we strongly advise international and national artists apply for funding to support their activities within this residency.
The artist will agree to:
- Undertake the Artist-in-Residence program (residency, community engagement activities and research period) for the purpose of creating new work based on their experience
- Comply with all occupational, health and safety requirements when researching within the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
- Comply with all occupational, health and safety requirements when living and/or working within the National Park.
- Sign and return the Site Usage Agreement before commencing the residency and undertake an induction provided by ACT Parks and Conservation Service on commencement.
- Comply with the guidelines set out in the Induction and Guidelines Manual for Artists
- Provide their own transport, food and linen. Namadgi National Park is a wildlife sanctuary. Pets and other animals are not allowed into the National Park and Nature Reserve. Due to national park safety procedures, visitors, including partners, children and friends of resident artists are not permitted to join during the program at the residency sites.
- Provide own access to WIFI if needed
- Participate in community engagement activities through the residency’s public program.
- Make work for the exhibition in 2020
- Transportation of and transit insurance for exhibition work.
- Installation assistance, if applicable.
- All costs relating to specific mounting requirements of the exhibition.
- Supplying the work with suitable display accessories including stands, hanging materials or other aids necessary, by the installation date.
- Punctual delivery of promotional information - a current curriculum vitae, artist statement and high resolution images.
- Supplying information about the exhibition works to the gallery prior to the exhibition commencing.
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is responsible for:
- Organising the public program and supporting the exhibition installation and demount
- Insurance and public liability for the exhibition in 2020.
- Exhibition support material.
- Publicity, promotion and advertising of the residency and exhibition in 2019/2020.
Sale of works during exhibition
The artist will make all work available for sale during the residency exhibition unless prior approval to the contrary has been given in writing by Craft ACT.
Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre applies a 35% commission on the selling price of all works sold during the exhibition period. If Australian, the artist will supply an ABN or Statement by a Supplier and GST status before the exhibition commences.
The Artist-in-Residence program is presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
For enquiries, further information or artist contract specifics, please contact Richilde Flavell at community[at]craftact.org.au or on 02 6262 9333.