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Creative Gippsland Artist in Residence

Creative Gippsland Artist in Residence 2020 - Bass Coast

Bass Coast Shire Council is proud to be participating in the annual Creative Gippsland Artist in Residence (AiR) program.

The Creative Gippsland Artist in Residency program involves 6 residencies, one in each Shire across the Gippsland region. (including East Gippsland, Wellington, Latrobe, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Bass Coast). Last years residency in Bass Coast Shire was hosted at the Rescue Station Arts Centre with international ceramic artist Varuni Kanagasundaram.

An AiR is a great opportunity, for both Artist and community, where all sorts of exchange and growth can happen!

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Creative Gippsland’s role

Creative Gippsland is a unique collaboration of the arts between the 6 shires. We work to promote, support and invigorate our creative communities through cultural tourism and other creative initiatives.

Our role with the residencies is to find the communities that would like to host an artist, find suitable artists through a separate Expression of Interest, to help match the two, and to fund artist placement.

What are we looking for?

Vibrant, engaged communities, who want to support and promote creative arts activity.

Please note that an “Artist in Community” can involve any form of the arts such as; visual arts, performance arts, written word, dance, textiles arts and film/media.

How long is the residency?

Typically the residency will run over 7 to 14 days. We encourage the artist to run their program over a single block of time, however this is flexible and may be negotiated with the host town.

The residency is focused on the artist creating work that involves community and generally delivers a public outcome. For example, if the residency is focused on drama, the artist might want to involve community members to develop the concept for a new performance, and then to present the new show at the end of the residency.

What does the host community need to do?

We need you to

  • find somewhere for the artist to stay (if you can)
  • find a venue for the artist to work in
  • find a suitable space for workshops or demonstrations by the artist
  • help the artist with showing the work produced
  • take the lead role in publicising the residency in your local area
  • find people who will help with practical things (such as setting up a venue for an artist talk or workshop)

And most of all, we need you to be great hosts for your visiting artist.

What financial costs are involved for the host community?

Nothing if you can find venues for free! Mostly it is volunteer time. Council will pay the artist fees and materials costs (and accommodation where necessary.)

Who can nominate?

Applications can be made by any Gippsland town or district. All applications must be made by a community not-for-profit group with the understanding that an Artist in community has community support.

We can only accept one application from a town/community.