Council Launches 2014-2015 Artist in Residence Program

13 November 2013

Visual artists, sculptors, writers, composers and multimedia artists are invited to apply for a twelve month studio residency at the historic Billilla Mansion in Brighton for the 2014 – 2015 year.

The Artist in Residence program is part of Bayside City Council’s Arts and Culture program and offers a rare opportunity for post-tertiary artists to work on a substantial project or body of work.

This is the sixth year of the program, designed to provide an opportunity for artists to work in a heritage precinct and be involved with the Bayside community.

Five residencies are available and applications close on Friday 28 February, 2014. 

Successful applicants will have access to the Billilla studios seven days a week.  The studios are located in the servants’ quarters and coach house of the Billilla mansion, providing a wonderful opportunity for artists to work in a collegiate environment in a beautiful garden setting.

Resident artists are encouraged to plan and deliver community activities including artist talks or community workshops and participate in Bayside City Council events such as the Bayside Literary Festival and the Bayside Film Festival.

Past Artist in Residence, Anna Rowbury, has described her year at Billilla as being highly productive as she worked toward a solo exhibition at Craft Victoria.

"Having a studio away from my home environment was really important and turned into an incredibly productive period for me.  I went on to make some of my most successful work to date.  The space itself was fantastic and the environment of Billilla outstanding - a quiet, private and secure studio in a historic setting.”

For more information or to apply online, visit Council’s website  Alternatively, contact Bayside City Council by phone on 9599 4444 or email


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