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Education Residencies

The Education Residencies provide an opportunity for artists to focus on their practice in an educational environment working alongside teachers and students. Residencies build young people’s capacity to engage with the Arts whilst enhancing student social health and well-being, and allowing artists to inspire, re-connect or introduce teachers to new ideas and approaches.

Applications to the Education Residencies program are currently closed.

Notification of successful applications will occur late November 2017.

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Key dates

Opens: 3 September 2018
Closes: 15 October 2018
Notification: TBA
Induction day: TBA
Artists commence residencies: TBA

The program

  • Four residencies of $10 000 will be available to professional artists. Each artist will undertake a 33 day residency - 30 days working in the school environment and three days for a school orientation and attending the induction and closing meetings. This fee covers all artist fees and costs associated with the residency. A budget is not required in your application.
  • In 2018 the Education Residencies will be offered in selected Department of Education secondary schools and independent schools in the north, north west and south of the state between February and July.
  • Calls for Expressions of Interest will be invited from schools statewide to participate in the program over a three-year period. Schools will be selected from this pool and matched after the artists have been selected.
  • The Education Residencies do not require artists to work on specific projects for the school or teach students directly.


The Education Residencies are assessed by a peer panel and include an expert from the Education sector. Applications are assessed against the following criteria:

  • the quality of the artist
  • the concept of the residency and its impact on the school community and the artist


  • Artists develop a proposal that outlines their practice, what they intend to do, and how they envisage interacting with the school community. This could include open studio practice, collaborative projects, workshops, conversations and presentations. Artists should indicate the impact that their residency will have on the school community and their practice.
  • Artists will undertake a program of professional development that supports their residency, including a program induction, a school induction, supervision and support from appointed school staff, and access to other artists working in similar settings to support their development.
  • Artists will attend a professional development induction session in Hobart, a closing day session at the conclusion of the residency in late July, and a planning session in December 2017. Travel costs will be covered by Arts Tasmania for artists travelling from the north or north west to attend the induction and closing day sessions.
  • Applicants indicate their preferred region (north, north west or south) in their application, but may be recommended for a residency in another region. Additional funding may be offered to assist with the artist’s out-of-area costs.
  • If a successful artist for the north west residency lives outside of the region, they will also receive:
    • a contribution towards living expenses
    • accommodation provided by the school for the duration of their residency.
  • The timeframe for the residency will be negotiated between each artist and the selected school and could range from an intensive period of six weeks through to working two and a half days a week for 12 weeks.


Applicants must meet the Arts Tasmania general eligibility requirements.

Artists working in schools are required to hold a Working with Vulnerable People card. It is the responsibility of the artist to cover the any costs associated with this card. For more information go to:

The artist is the responsible person for identifying and effectively managing the risks and hazards associated with their residency. Arts Tasmania requires a risk assessment and a safe work methods statement from each artist prior to commencing their residency. Arts Tasmania will supply all templates for the development of a risk management plan and safe work methods statement.

Artists are required 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.


  • Schools will be selected across the state considering their capacity to support the program with staff and physical resources or facilities, student demographic and region.
  • A school that is shortlisted for inclusion in the program is not guaranteed of securing a residency.


We recommend you seek advice from an Arts Tasmania program officer before submitting your application.

Professional Development Officer Wendy Morrow is available to discuss your application.