Artspace supports artists through the Artspace Studio Residency Program housed on Level 2 of the historic Gunnery Building in Woolloomooloo fronting Sydney Harbour. The residency program facilitates the development of the artist’s practice, and Artspace is a key hub for the contemporary art community in Sydney and across New South Wales, fostering dialogue between local artists, writers and curators and their national and overseas counterparts.
Artspace operates four residential and six non-residential studios on-site in the Gunnery Building. The Residency Program provides local, national and international artists with the space and time to develop new ideas and work, as well supporting the development of site-specific works for the Artspace Gallery Program. Artspace hosts annual residencies in partnership with national and international organisations including: Artsource the Foundation for Artists, WA; Asialink, Melbourne University; the Helpmann Academy, South Australia; and the Ministry for Culture, Taiwan; all of whom support residencies for artists at Artspace. Since 2010 Artspace has hosted a visiting artist from Canada as part of a reciprocal residency with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Darling Foundry, Montreal. In 2012 Artspace partnered with SCAPE and Creative New Zealand to host a supported residency for a visual artist from the earthquake affected area in Christchurch. In 2013 Artspace has secured funding to support a three-month residency for an artist from regional New South Wales.
Artspace launched a regular Open Studio program in September 2010. This program enables Artspace Studio Residency Artists to informally introduce work-in-progress (including in the form of documentation, talks, discussion events and performances) to visitors in a dedicated space open during gallery opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays (please check the news section of this site as well as the Artspace Facebook page for further details and dates).
Artists can apply to the Artspace Studio Residency Program through an annual call for applications. Applications are accepted for both residential and non-residential studio spaces for durations of 3 to 12 months. Further details are available of the Applications page.