Applications now open for Bayside artist in residence program

1 December 2014

Visual artists, sculptors, writers, composers and multimedia artists are invited to apply for a twelve month studio residency available from July 2015 to June 2016 at the historic Billilla Mansion in Brighton.

The Artist in Residence program offers a rare opportunity for post-tertiary artists to work on a substantial project or body of work. Seven residencies are available with applications closing Friday 27 February, 2015. Applications are open to Australian residents.

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

In its seventh year, the program is attracting an increasingly high calibre of award-winning artists. Current residents include visual artists Reko Rennie, Luhsun Tan, Rob McHaffie (winner of the 2014 Geelong Art Prize) and Shannon Smiley (winner of the 2014 John Leslie Art Prize). Filmmaker Christine Rogers and writers Gillian Barnett and Leigh Redhead complete the group of residents for 2014-2015.

Artist and local Brighton resident Rob McHaffie said, “I live just around the corner from Billilla, and even before my residency I would often bring my daughter here to play.”

“The opportunity to have a studio here is fantastic. I work here almost every day and love feeling part of the local arts community.”

Resident artists are encouraged to become involved in the Bayside community through activities including artist talks, community workshops, and an open day, or participate in Bayside City Council events such as the Bayside Literary Festival or the Bayside Film Festival.

Bayside City Council Mayor Cr. Felicity Frederico said, “Council’s Artist in Residence program has a proud history of supporting artists to reach their professional goals.”

“Along with the inaugural Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, the residency program ensures art is part of everyday life in Bayside, with artists and local residents having the opportunity to get to know each other.”

For more information or to apply online, visit Alternatively, phone Bayside City Council on 9599 4444 or email

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