AIR - artist in residence

AIR is an artist in residence program developed by arts@work in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.


About this program 

In 2009 arts@work, the industry development unit of Arts Tasmania, in collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts, offered Tasmanian artists a new Artist in Residence program.

Over the past four years the Tasmanian AIR program has been nationally and internationally recognised as a successful model offering both professional development for artists whilst contributing to the current arts learning for students and staff in Tasmanian schools and colleges.

In 2014 arts@work, in collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts, is offering its 5th Artist in Residence (AIR) program. Up to 7 residencies are available for professional artists to undertake residencies in selected Department of Education secondary colleges and independent schools around the state. In 2014 the AIR program will be offered exclusively to year 11 and 12 students.

The AIR program objectives are to provide pathways for artists to connect their practice to young people and for artists to inspire, re-connect or introduce teachers to new ideas and approaches. It offers students, staff and the school community, exposure to professional artists and their work and the chance to learn specialised skills through both watching and working with the artists.

Successful artists undertake a program of professional development that supports their residency, including a schools induction, supervision and support from appointed school staff, access to other artists working in similar settings and an artistic mentorship to support their development in tandem with their residency program.

See AIR frequently asked questions for more information.

Current residency program

Click here to view the AIR 2014 program

Past residencies

AIR 2015

Key dates

Opens: 1 July 2014
Closes: 8 August 2014
Notification: October 2014


Applications for the AIR program are currently closed. The toolkit for the next funding round will be available in 2014.

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