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Tasmanian residency locations

Residencies are available at the following locations in 2020.

Arthur River

This four-week residency is offered in partnership with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

The Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, reserved in 1982, stretches along the spectacularly wild north-west coast of Tasmania, covering over 100 000 hectares. Its northern boundary begins just to the north of the Arthur River, while its southern boundary follows the Pieman River. From its West Coast border, the reserve extends east to the Frankland and Donaldson Rivers. The Arthur-Pieman is the coastal portion of a much larger region extending inland, known as The Tarkine.

Its profusion of Aboriginal sites has led to it being hailed one of the world's great archaeological regions with shell middens, hut depression sites, artefacts and rock engravings. A car is essential to access this site and mobile coverage is limited.

Accommodation is a comfortable two bedroom cottage at the Arthur River settlement.

This residency is $3 500 for one artist or $6 000 for two artists. Funding must be used to cover the accommodation fee which is $140 per week.

All applications for residencies at this site must include a letter or e-mail of confirmation from the residency site manager or administrator.

Available between March – November.

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/Index.aspx?base=768

Dreamfarm Eco-Arts Creative Residency

This four-week residency is offered in partnership with the Dreamfarm Eco-Arts Retreat.

Dreamfarm Eco-Arts Retreat is an arts and environment centre in the Huon Valley. Its mission is to design, create and share better ways of living. Dreamfarm offers fertile conditions for learning, personal development and collaboration. A boutique retreat centre, Dreamfarm hosts group retreats, artist residencies and community gatherings which bring together people, cultures and ideas.

This residency provides an opportunity for artists across all disciplines to undertake a residency of up to four weeks. Residencies which engage with nature and environmental themes are preferred.

Artists who undertake this residency participate in a collaborative artistic community. Participants are asked to respect Dreamfarm community practices, which include socially and environmentally conscious behaviour and some personal responsibilities.

This residency include private and shared workspaces and contemporary accommodation. Modern kitchen and full bathroom facilities are included. Residents have access to an extensive library and a selection of musical instruments, tools and arts materials. Residents will need to provide their own food and personal items.

The retreat centre has several rooms for accommodation, and may suit individual artists or groups. This residency is for participating artists only (children cannot be accommodated), and it will involve sharing the homestead with other artists. Dreamfarm is an intentionally low-tech creative environment, with no mobile phone reception and limited internet access.

This building is of a very high standard and is located on a site that features rolling farmland, rugged native bush and a flowing creek. Disability access is limited, with stairs and uneven natural terrain.

Dreamfarm Eco-Arts Retreat is located 45 minutes south of Hobart and is a 15 minute drive to Huonville.

Seasonally themed residencies for individual artist are offered in October, December, March and May. Group residencies can be booked at other times of year.

This residency is $5 000 for one artist or $8 000 for two artists (shared room). Funding must be used to cover the accommodation fee which is $500 per week.

Website: www.dreamfarmvillage.com/creative-residency

Glover Country Residency

This four-week residency is offered in partnership with Carol and Rodney Westmore.

John Glover is often referred to as the father of Australian landscape painting. Born in England, he left his successful career to arrive in Van Diemen’s Land in 1831 where he lived up until his death in 1849. Glover was enthusiastic about the light and flora of Tasmania; particularly on his land grant at Patterdale and the Nile River at Deddington. He was also very aware of the plight of the Aboriginal people, creating imagined scenes of peaceful pre-colonial times a number of times.

This residency provides an opportunity for visual artists, writers and music composers to undertake a residency of four weeks between May to July in Glover’s homestead, restored to its former glory by Carol and Rodney Westmore.

This residency includes a workspace separate to the house (the ‘Exhibition Room’) and contemporary accommodation in Glover’s homestead. Modern kitchen and full bathroom facilities are included. Residents will need to provide their own food and personal items.

Please note there may be other artists in residence at the same time.

WIFI service is available and included with the residency. Mobile telephone reception is limited.

This historic building has been restored to a very high standard; however, it remains a building of its time. Disability access is limited, with steep stairs accessing the on-site accommodation.

The residency site is adjacent to a working farm and is therefore not suitable for children or pets. This residency is for artists, writers or composers only.

The historic township of Evandale is approximately a 20 minute drive, and Longford approximately a 30 minute drive. There is no public transport

This residency is $5 000 for one artist or $7 500 for two artists. Funding must be used to cover the accommodation fee which is $500 per week.

Website: www.glovercountry.com.au

King Island Arts and Cultural Centre – Currie

This four-week residency is offered in partnership with the King Island Council.

The natural beauty, relaxed lifestyle and relative isolation of King Island appeals to artists seeking an idyllic, inspirational environment in which to work and has inspired those with a wide range of professional arts practices.

Located in the picturesque Currie Wharf Precinct the residency is based at the King Island Arts & Cultural Centre, which combines exhibition and workshop space, including the availability of a professional printing press.

Offering an opportunity to immerse yourself in a small, vibrant and welcoming arts community, this residency program encourages practicing artists to engage with King Island’s unique island landscape, culture and community.

This residency can be taken at any time of the year.

This residency is $4 000 for one artist or $6 500 for two artists (shared room). Funding must be used to cover the accommodation fee which is $250 plus GST per week.

Contact: Arts and Cultural Centre Coordinator
Email: arts@kingisland.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6462 9000

Website: https://kingisland.tas.gov.au/live/arts-in-the-community

Port Arthur Historic Site & Coal Mines Historic Site – Port Arthur

These four-week residencies are offered in partnership with the Port Arthur Historic Site (PAHS) Management Authority.

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.

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.

Basic accommodation is located within the Port Arthur Historic site. These residencies can be taken at any time of the year, however for accommodation purposes between April and November is best.

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.

This residency is $3 000 for one artist or $5 500 for two artists or more. There is no accommodation fee for this residency.

Website: https://portarthur.org.au/

Rocky Cape

This residency is offered in partnership with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

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 the nearest shop.

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

This residency is $3 500 for one artist or $6 000 for two artists or more. Funding must be used to cover the accommodation fee which is $140 per week.

All applications for residencies at this site must include a letter or e-mail of confirmation from the residency site manager or administrator.

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