AiR - Artist in Residence

AiR is an artist in residence program developed by Arts Tasmania in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.

About this program 

In 2009 Arts Tasmania, in collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts, offered Tasmanian artists a new Artist in Residence program.

Over the past five 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 2015 Arts Tasmania, in collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts, is offering its 6th 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 2015 the AiR program will be offered exclusively to year 11 and 12 students.

The AiR program provides 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 the chance for students to observe, engage and work alongside the artists. The focus of the AiR residency is on modelling to students and staff the artist’s creative processes and practice rather than working on a specific project outcome for the college or teaching students directly.

Artists will receive a fee of $9 000 to undertake a 30 day residency as well as the opportunity to work with an artistic mentor to assist them in their professional practice. 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 2015 program

Past residencies

AiR 2015

Key dates

Opens: 10 August 2015
Closes: 27 September 2015
Notification: Early November 2015


Applications for the Artists in Residence (AiR) program are currently closed. The toolkit for the next funding round will be available in 2015.

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