Calling Artists to take up Residence.

Ashfield Council is calling for expressions of interest from artists who reside outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area, including international artists, to participate in Ashfield Council's 2016/2017 Artist in Residence program.

The program is open to all art forms, and is located in the historic two storey 'Thirning Villa' located in Pratten Park, Ashfield New South Wales.  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.

Since 2003, the Ashfield Artist in Residence program has hosted over 30 artists including painters, poets, sculptors, songwriters, film makers and dancers.

Ashfield Council's strategic community plan, 'Our Place, Our Future 2013' is underpinned by seven themes with one being: a creative and inclusive community.  Council is committed to supporting and driving projects, developments and interventions that support and enhance the growth of a creative, artistic and culturally diverse community. 

Four residencies are available between May 2016 and April 2017.  Closing date is midnight Sunday, 23rd August 2015.  For more information phone 02 9716 1866 or email

Click here for a copy of the application form. 

Supporting information for applicants can be downloaded here.

Current Artist in Residence - Kate Cotching


The Ashfield Beauty Pageant

Ms Elizabeth Woods will be working with the Ashfield community to develop the Beauty Pageant project that has been tried and tested in Hobart, Tasmania with great success.  The project is in collaboration with her partner Kevin Leong, photographer and chief documentor. 

This is no ordinary beauty pageant!  This is about what we, as individuals consider to be beautiful.