Inner West Council


Inner West Council Artist in Residence program

The Inner West Council Artist in Residence program is open to all art forms and disciplines. The program is open to artists who reside outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area and international artists.

Self contained accommodation is provided in the historic two storey ‘Thirning Villa’ that is located in Pratten Park, Ashfield New South Wales, Australia.  Ashfield provides a rich cultural environment for artists to develop their practice and to work with the community to further the artistic strengths of the Inner West of Sydney. 

Since 2003, over 45 artists from all over Australia and around the world have participated in this unique program.  Painters, poets, sculptors, dancers, film makers, puppeteers and songwriters have visited Ashfield and stayed at Thirning Villa.

The Inner West Council is committed to the vitality of the cultural life of the Inner West and continues to support and lead projects, developments and strategies that support and enhance the growth of a creative, artistic and culturally diverse community.

Residencies are 10 to 12 weeks long and the next round will open in May 2017.

For further information click here 

Enquiries to Anthia Hart: phone 61 2 9716 1866 or email

Images:  The Villa & the studio/exhibition space

Current Artist in Residence - Nicole Voevodin-Cash

Inner West Council is very excited to announce the arrival of Ms Nicole Voevodin-Cash from Kreelpa in Queensland.  Ms Voevodin-Cash will be staying at Thirning Villa as the 46th Artist in Residence from 7th November 2016 to 27th January 2017

The artist’s description of her practice:

‘I am a landscape artist, a geographer and an environmental and behavioural researcher who develops social sculptures and engagements.  I am interested in the nature of human behaviour and experience, especially as we interact and engage with our world. 

Moving within and through a space creates an interaction, a mind-body experience that is embedded in us all as memory.  And it is this memory that I try to tap into, with my audiences.  I describe my area of interest as ‘phenomenological geography’, but I am also a psycho-geographer and gatherer.’ 

More information about Nicole can be seen at: and you can follow her residency blog at:

There will be an opportunity to meet Nicole at Thirning Villa, 40 Arthur Street Ashfield, on Wednesday, 14th December 2016 for a morning tea from 10am to 12noon.  Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information phone Anthia on 9716 1866 or email

The following image is from the artist’s series ‘LandScans – Landscapes of Unnatural and Natural Beauty’.  In this series the artist ‘ … explores the merging of art architecture and landscape in the production of new work to engage the viewer.’


Past Artists in Residence

The following artists have participated in the Ashfield Council Artist in Residence program.

  • Cher Breeze
  • Sarah-Jane Cook
  • Yenny Huber
  • Ken Hutchinson
  • Eric Broome
  • Karen Kerkhoven
  • Veronica Calarco
  • Melissa Hunt
  • Gillian Hand
  • Deborah Redwood
  • Johannes Klabbers
  • Stephen Gill
  • Andrew Hull
  • Bryony Anderson
  • Adrian Symes
  • Steven Holland
  • Ian Marr
  • Ian Burns  Go here to see some pics of Ian's work in Ashfield
  • Jack Randell
  • Marianthe Loucataris .
  • Van Badham
  • Liu Yanqin
  • My Darling Patricia 
  • Rochelle Summerfield 
  • Laine Hogarty
  • Grace Bailey
  • Lara Scolari
  • Ossi Yalon
  • Xin Li
  • Linda Swinfied
  • Elizabeth Woods
  • Kate Cotching
  • Hannah Furmage
  • Bagus Prabowo
  • AirSpace Projects
  • Marlene Plunkett
  • Nicole Voevodin-Cash

Please contact Inner West Council for more information about the Artist in Residence program.