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Tasmanian residency locations

Residencies are available in historic and cultural and parks and wildlife locations.

Historic and cultural locations

These residencies are made possible through partnerships with a variety of different Tasmanian authorities.

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site – South Hobart

Located in the shadow of Mount Wellington a short distance from the Hobart waterfront, the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is a significant part of Tasmania's convict heritage and is a great starting-point for exploring the island's other World Heritage-listed convict sites. The 'Factory' (as female prisons were known) operated from 1828 to 1856, and today three of the original five factory yards form the Historic Site. The tall stone walls echo many scars of the past, where barred windows and heavy doors were once the only connection to the outside world. The site can be both emotional and rewarding, creating a connection with the stories of female convicts in Australia and their children – stories that are often tragic, but that also inspire hope.

This is a studio-only offering; recipients must make their own accommodation arrangements. However there are exhibition opportunities at this site.

Please note that this residency site is not available until 2019. Contact Arts Tasmania for further information.

Coal Mines Historic Site – Port Arthur

The Coal Mines Historic Site was Tasmania's first operational mine, established in 1833 as a much-needed local source of coal, but also as a place of punishment for the 'worst class' of convicts. Along with the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Coal Mines Historic Site is included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property. The Coal Mines formed part of the system of convict discipline and punishment on the Tasman Peninsula. During its busiest years almost 600 prisoners, overseers and their families lived and worked at the Mines. While the underground workings are no longer accessible, there are spectacular ruins of houses, barracks, offices and punishment cells.  Basic accommodation is located 25 minutes away within the Port Arthur Historic site. This residency can be taken at any time of the year however for accommodation purposes between April and November is best.

There is no accommodation fee. The PAHS Management Authority waives the accommodation fee for visiting artists. However, a visiting artist needs to be aware that accommodation facilities are basic and may involve the artist sharing a house with others.

Please note that this residency site is not available until 2019. Contact Arts Tasmania for further information.

Highfield Historic Site – Stanley

Built in the 1830s by the Van Diemen's Land Company, this elegant homestead is the site of the first European settlement in the North West. Faithfully restored, Highfield has many original furnishings, lovely gardens, courtyards and many inspiring outbuildings suitable to work from. Situated near the picturesque coastal village of Stanley, the estate overlooks several iconic views including a dormant volcano and the dramatic northwest coastline.

This is a studio-only offering and recipients must make their own accommodation arrangements. However, there is ample space for exhibition opportunities at this site.

Studio space and access to house, gardens and outbuildings: $60 per week

Contact: Lesa Scott
Email: highfield@parks.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6458 1100
Website: www.historic-highfield.com.au

King Island Arts and Cultural Centre – Currie

King Island is renowned throughout the world for its premium dairy, beef, seafood and kelp. It has more shipwrecks than any other part of Australia, stunning coastal landscapes and nearly 80 species of birds. This arts residency is located at the island's Arts and Cultural Centre. Preference will be given to artists willing to engage with the local community, heritage or environment.  Available for extended stays, this residency can be taken at any time of the year.

Accommodation fee: $160+GST per week.

Contact: Arts and Cultural Centre Coordinator
Email: arts@kingisland.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6462 1924
Website: www.kingisland.org.au

Kings Bridge Cottage - Launceston

Perched high at the mouth of Launceston's stunning Cataract Gorge, this beautiful Victorian cottage is listed by the National Trust. With dramatic views of the gorge and offering good facilities, including access to professional exhibition or community workshop space, this residency is in walking distance to the city centre. Preference will be given to artists who are willing to engage with the local community. Please refer to website below for details. This residency can be taken at any time of the year. (WIFI enabled, you will need to provide your own device.)

Please note that details for 2017 are yet to be confirmed. Contact below for further information.

Contact: Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
Email: Artist.In.Residence@launceston.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6323 3719
Website: www.launceston.tas.gov.au/lcc/index.php?c=156&langID=1

Oatlands Gaol – Oatlands

Oatlands historical village is on the shores of Lake Dulverton and is the largest town in Southern Midlands. Part of Tasmania's Heritage Highway, it has more colonial sandstone buildings than any other town in Australia.  The residency accommodation is in the upstairs area of the old gaol. It has recently been refurnished and features a new kitchen and a bathroom with laundry facilities.  Downstairs is an office space with internet access for resident artists.  Artists can also arrange to use the archaeology lab as a wet area and the exhibition room to display work.  Artists will also have access to the Callington Mill and the historic Court House, which offers opportunities for performance.  Residencies in Oatlands are available March – December.

Accommodation fee: $140 a week
Contact: Alan Townsend
Email: atownsend@southernmidlands.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6254 5047
Website: www.southernmidlands.tas.gov.au/oatlands-gaol

Port Arthur Historic Site – Port Arthur

Established in 1830, this is one of Australia's most significant penal settlements. It is one of the 11 sites across Australia that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. Sitting among 135 hectares of magnificent grounds, Port Arthur provides rare glimpses into Tasmania's convict past through interpretive displays, restored buildings, a harbour cruise, and live theatre performances. The site has good access to amenities. Close by is the magnificent Tasman National Park with some of the best coastal scenery in Tasmania. Basic accommodation is located within the Port Arthur Historic site. This residency can be taken at any time of the year, however for accommodation purposes between April and November is best.

There is no accommodation fee for this residency. The PAHS Management Authority waives the accommodation fee for visiting artists. However, visiting artists need to be aware that accommodation facilities are basic and may involve sharing a house with others.

Please note that this residency site is not available until 2019. Contact Arts Tasmania for further information.

Woolmers Estate – Longford

The Estate is one of the sites admitted to the UNESCO Australian Convict Sites World Heritage serial listing, representing the assignment phase of convict life. Woolmers Estate is located near Longford and was one of the first settlements in the area. The original homestead was built in 1817, with the grand extension being completed circa 1840. Inhabited by the Archer family until 1994 the Estate is situated on a hill beside the Macquarie River and has views of the "English style" patterns of hedges, fields and roads of the surrounding properties. Within the Estate, you can see and experience the lifestyles of all those who lived and worked on that land and surrounding properties - the Aboriginal people, Archer family and other free settlers, the male and female convicts, and the visiting workers and businessmen from the Longford area.

Accommodation is available in the restored convict built self- contained Gardeners Cottage with access to all buildings and gardens, plus a studio/workshop area.

Please note that only one residency is available for this site each year.

The residency for 2018 has been filled - applications for this site would be for 2019.

Accommodation fee: $150 per week
Contact: Kim Gatenby
Email: enquiries@woolmers.com.au
Phone: (03) 6391 2230
Website: www.woolmers.com.au

Parks and wildlife locations

These residencies are made possible through a partnership with Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service and include sites in the World Heritage area as well as National Parks.

Arts Tasmania acknowledges the outstanding contribution Peter Dombrovskis (2 March 1945 - 28 March 1996) made to photography in Australia with his visions of the unique Tasmanian wilderness. These residencies enable artists to respond to remote locations and uphold Dombrovskis' commitment and respect towards the natural environment.

Offering typically rustic accommodation, each residency location has been chosen for its outstanding natural qualities.

Grading system for parks and wildlife locations

The grading below is a basic guide only. You will need to determine if a site is appropriate prior to applying.

Very basic amenities
Rustic but comfortable
Modest, good amenities
Very comfortable

Cockle Creek

Surrounded by rugged landscape and serene white sandy beaches, Cockle Creek is located 90 km south of Geeveston at the end of the most southerly road in Australia. This very quiet corner of Tasmania is the beginning of the wild and inspiring World Heritage Southwest National Park and is steeped in history.  Accommodation consists of a two bedroom ranger's shack overlooking the bay and river. It is twenty-five kilometres from nearest shop. There is limited mobile phone coverage.
A car is essential to access this site.

Accommodation fee: $175 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=19219

Cradle Mountain

At this very popular location you will find rainforests, glaciated landscapes and a wide variety of wildlife. Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The jagged contours of Cradle  Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rainforest and alpine heaths provide a range of environments to explore. There are a number of basic accommodation options depending upon availability.

A car is essential to access this site and mobile phone coverage is available.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3297

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Hastings Caves are believed to be among the largest dolomite show caves in the southern hemisphere. Settled under the majestic Adamsons Peak, the site features an abundance of warm thermal springs. The area is surrounded by state forest, borders on Southwest National Park / World Heritage Area, and  is well known as a place to observe platypus. Computer access is available at the nearby visitor centre.

A car is essential to access this site.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week (available within the Parks offices at the Thermal Springs by request)

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=4212

Lake St Clair

Located at the isolated, southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this incredible area is famous for its rugged mountain peaks, icy lakes, wild forests and alpine moorlands. Carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years, Lake St Clair  is the deepest lake in Australia. Accommodation is available in rustic two bedroom cottage 300 metres from the lake and close to walking tracks.

A car is essential to access this site and there is limited mobile phone coverage.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week.

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3462

Maatsuyker Island

Please note that Maatsuyker Island residency is not currently available.

Maatsuyker Island is dramatic, rugged and isolated. Lying 12 kilometres off the southwest coast of Tasmania, it is part of the Southwest National Park and Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The island is a significant breeding ground for seals and seabirds and is an Australia Listed Heritage lighthouse station. Access to Maatsuyker is by helicopter for management purposes only and special conditions apply to this residency. Artists need to be aware that they may be sharing resources with caretakers participating in the Maatsuyker Caretakers program.

Placements are only available in the summer months from December - February.

Accommodation is in the ex-lighthouse keepers’ house.

Accommodation fee: $200 per week

Transportation: artists need to arrange with the contact person about helicopter transportation and associated costs to the island.

(All-up, costs could vary from approx. $6 000 to $10 000 depending on the length of residency and costs of helicopter operations. Supplementary funding and a longer residency may be required.)

Contact: jeremy.hood@parks.tas.gov.au

Maria Island

Located off Tasmania's East Coast, Maria Island is noted for its spectacular cliffs and abundant wildlife, as well as the remains of a township and penal station. The island is traffic-free, apart from a few park management vehicles. Accommodation is in a small, rustic cottage nestled behind sand dunes  (limited availability), or alternatively in the old penitentiary at Darlington.

Accommodation fee: depending on venue, from $140 to $210 per week + ferry costs

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3495

Mole Creek Caves

Located in the Mole Creek Karst National Park and featuring Marakoopa and King Solomons Caves, this site offers excellent displays of flowstone, stalactites, straw stalactites, stalagmites, columns, shawls, and calcite crystals within two of Tasmania's most celebrated caves. Access to caves is allowed  only when accompanied by Parks staff. Accommodation is located near the entrance of the caves.
A car is essential to access this site. Mobile phone coverage and internet are available.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3530

Narawntapu

Stretching from low coastal ranges to long Bass Strait beaches, Narawntapu includes a historic farm, a complex of inlets, small islands, headlands, wetlands, dunes and lagoons and an amazing variety of plants and animals. Among the features of the park are the easily observed animals that come out in  the evening to graze on the grasslands. Accommodation consists of the old ranger's quarters - also known as the single men's quarters - which is located a short walk from the beach and ranger's station.

A car is essential to access this site. Mobile phone coverage and internet are available.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3665

Rocky Cape

The residency site is located close to the water's edge in the small township of Rocky Cape and has views across to the village of Stanley and the volcanic plug known as The Nut. Accommodation is in a simple two bedroom shack close to stunning rock formations, beautiful hills, an incredible variety  of flowering plants as well as a dramatic cave in the nearby cliffs. Accommodation is located five kilometres from nearest shop.

A car is essential to access this site and mobile phone coverage is available.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3698