The Artist in Residence (AIR) program has played an integral role of the Ashfield cultural community for more than 10 years with over 30 participating artists staying at the historic Thirning Villa in Pratten Park. Established in 2003, the first artist was Andrew Hull from Bourke in North West New South Wales. Andrew set the tone of the program with workshops for children and generous engagement with the community. Initially the program was for Australian artists only, but has since expanded to accept international artists as well.
Since the inception of the program, Ashfield Council has hosted painters, poets, songwriters, a puppeteer, film maker, photographers, sculptors, composer, musicians, textile artist, choreographer, writer, protrait artist, book maker, paper maker, letter cutter, choir master, traditional Chinese ink artist, weaver, printer and more.
Ashfield residents and artists have benefitted greatly from the program by engaging in workshops, artist talks, demonstrations, exhibitions and installations. The broader community continues to benefit from the ongoing development of the Council art collection with donations made by each artist.
The program is open to all art forms including but not limited to; visual, photography, film, theatre, performance, experimental, multi-media, sculpture, music and the literary arts with the focus being to provide artists with the opportunity to develop their practice.
The artist is to include a community development/engagement component in their residency program.
The AIR residency program is open to Australian artists who live outside the Sydney Metropolitan Area, and international artists. For the purpose of this program, the boundaries of the Sydney Metropolitan Area are defined as the Hawkesbury/Nepean River in the north/north west, and then the outer boundaries of the City of Penrith, Cambed Council, the City of Campbelltown and Sutherland Shire.
Five residencies are available between May 2015 to April 2016. Closing date is midnight, Sunday 21st September 2014. For more information phone 02 9716 1866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org