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AiR – Artist in Residence program

The AiR Artist in Residence Program is a partnership between Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2016 up to seven funded places will be offered for professional artists to undertake residencies with year 11 and 12 students in selected Department of Education secondary colleges and independent schools around the state. The 30 day residencies will be located in the south, north and north-west of the state between February and July 2016. Artists are paid a $9 000 fee and are matched to a suitable school or college by Arts Tasmania.

The AiR residency program provides an opportunity for artists to undertake professional development by focusing on aspects of their practice while immersed in an educational environment. It offers opportunities to learn and share while also providing 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 college community exposure to professional contemporary artists and their work. 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 are expected to develop a proposal of how they intend to work within the education setting and how they envisage interacting with the college community. This could include open studio practice, collaborative projects, workshops, conversations or presentations. Artists should consider how they will communicate with the students and staff about their practice to offer students and staff authentic arts learning experiences.

Key dates

Opens: 9 July 2015
Closes: 25 September 2015
Notification: November 2015

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and partnerships based in Tasmania. Visit general eligibility for more information.
  • Artists may work in any art form or combination of art forms e.g. creative writing/literature, performing arts, design and craft, music, emerging and experimental arts and visual arts.

This opportunity is most suited to artists who wish to extend and share their practice within an education context, are willing to engage with an artistic mentor and contribute to the professional artists/teacher exchanges through a public artist talk.

Who can't apply?

  • Artists who are not based in Tasmania.
  • Individual artists, partnerships or collaborations who have previously received a grant from Arts Tasmania that has not been satisfactorily acquitted.

What is the structure of the residency?

Successful artists undertake a 30 day residency comprising:

  • a full day induction day prior to residencies commencing and a full day closing day upon completion. These sessions are held in Hobart
  • a half day planning session at the school or college with the school or college co-ordinator and Arts Tasmania's Professional Development Officer
  • up to 7 hours one to one time with a selected mentor
  • a total of 27 days within the school or college environment. A residency could range from an intensive period of 6 weeks through to working for 2.5 days a week for 11 weeks
  • a public talk by the artist and the school or college for interested artists, teachers, students and the general arts community. The arrangements for these talks are the responsibility of the AiR artist and the school or college.

Artists will also receive supervision and support from appointed college staff as well as access to other artists working in similar settings during their residency. The mentorships offer a significant opportunity for artists to expand their professional network and to extend the scope of the residency beyond the school context. It is, however, not essential that artists identify a mentor at the time of application. Arts Tasmania will work with successful artists to secure a suitable mentor.


Tasmanian legislation now requires that all artists working in schools must register and hold a working with children card. The card is valid for three years, currently costs $103.60 and the process for registration can take up to seven weeks. Successful AiR artists will be required to apply for and cover the cost of the working with children's card. Artists must have received the card prior to commencing their residency.

For information on how to apply go to:

The artist is responsible for identifying and effectively managing the risks and hazards associated with their residency whilst in the college. As the body responsible for managing the Tasmanian AiR program, Arts Tasmania requires a risk assessment and a safe work methods statement from each artist prior to commencing their residency. Arts Tasmania shall supply the artist with a template that they may use to assist in the development of a risk management plan and safe work methods statement.

Artists will need to be conscious that they are working with young people in an education setting and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times with regard to language, dress and behaviour.

AiR artists will need to carry Public Liability Insurance Cover for a minimum of $10 million. Evidence of insurance cover will need to be provided with the signed funding Deed.

It is a condition of the artist's agreement that they comply with the Australia Council for the Arts' Protocols for Working with Children in Art as well as any relevant laws as they exist in the State of Tasmania.

Artists and schools/colleges will be provided with a Department of Education/Arts Tasmania AiR Student Consent Form. Artists will need to ensure that a form is completed by the students' parent or guardian if the artists wish to photograph, record or film students or circulate that material electronically, in print or on the internet.

How much can I apply for?

The fee paid to artists for each residency is set at $9 000 (ex GST). This investment covers all artist's costs associated with their residency.

In addition:

  • Arts Tasmania pays the artist's mentor directly for up to 7 hours of contact – whether that is face to face, over the phone or online
  • The school or college will reimburse artists for up to $250 ex GST as a materials allowance
  • If the artist assigned to the north-west residency lives outside of the region, Arts Tasmania will provide a contribution towards living expenses and the school or college will provide accommodation.

Against what criteria will my application be assessed?

The assessment criteria for AiR are:

  1. The calibre of the artist, the strength and relevance of their practice, the capacity to undertake the residency and the timeliness of the proposal in relation to the artist's career
  2. The suitability of the proposal to the student demographic and residency situation
  3. The extent to which the proposal demonstrates new artistic approaches and experimentation, offers students and staff exposure to current arts practice and the potential to create a legacy for the artist, students and the teachers.

The Assessment Guidelines are a useful resource that details what the panel may consider in assessing your application.

Who will assess my application?

Applications will be assessed against the stated selection criteria by a panel with representatives from Arts Tasmania, the Australia Council for the Arts, the education sector and external individuals from the arts industry.

What do I submit as my application?

The AiR application is completed and submitted online, using the application form.

The application form has character limits in each of the required fields. These character limits equate to the following page limits per section:

Section Character limit Equivalent in pages
Artist profile 3 000 1 A4 page in size 11 font
Project description 7 500 2 A4 pages in size 11 font

Your application must include the following supporting documents as attachments:

  • a current CV or biography (no more than two pages for each artist involved in the residency proposal)
  • up to 5 items of support material.

Please note that excess support material will not be accepted. All attachments should be listed on the support material cover page and each attachment should be clearly labelled.

Visit artistic support material for information relating to accepted formats.

  • All attachments and links should be clearly labelled.
  • The files attached to your application cannot exceed 5 megabytes each.
  • If files exceed 5 megabytes, these need to be provided through web links, e.g., Dropbox or YouTube.
  • Please ensure the files provided can be accessed across different platforms (both PC and MAC) without the need for special software.

If your residency proposal involves Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander content, your application must include evidence of permission granted by the relevant community (refer to

Artists wishing to collaborate should provide individual CVs and support material together with one application form.

When do I submit my application?

Your AiR online application form must be submitted by before 11:59 pm on the Friday, 25 September 2015.

Late applications will not be accepted.

How do I submit my application?

Applications to AiR 2016 must be made using our online application form.

Relevant supporting documents should be submitted as attachments to or links in your online application form.

For more information relating to making your submission, please visit how to apply.

When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in November 2015.

Help with your application

A range of AiR Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

You are strongly advised to seek advice from Arts Tasmania's Professional Development Officer, Wendy Morrow, before submitting an AiR application. The Professional Development Officer is a useful source of information and can provide advice on your application at any stage of the process.

You can make an appointment with Wendy for a face-to-face meeting or contact her directly via phone or e-mail.

Due to the number of programs operated by Arts Tasmania, there is great demand for the Professional Development Officer's time and therefore contact time is limited.

The application form

Applications to AiR 2016 must be made using our online application form. Click on the link below to start a new application.

You will need to register an account or login with an existing account before being able to open the online form.

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