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Artists Studio Program

We have long been associated with the arts and have a rich cultural heritage. In keeping with this tradition, the Artists Studio Program was established in 2009.

2018 Autumn Series

What is the Artists Studio Program?

The program supports the development of new works by contemporary artists in the garden setting of Billilla historic mansion at 26 Halifax Street, Brighton, and also aims to:

  • Create opportunities for community connections with contemporary artists.
  • Provide the Bayside community opportunities to participate in local contemporary art projects.
  • Encourage appreciation of arts and culture within the local community.
  • Utilise art as a platform for engaging the community.

We accept artist applications each year and 7 studio placements are offered to successful applicants for 12 months from July to June annually.

Artists Open Studios

Thank you to those who came to our Open Studios on 8 April, if you would like to stay informed of our Artists Studio public programs for 2017/2018 please register for our Arts and Culture eNewsletter.

Artist in studio

Image: Yuria Okamura, visual artist, Tayler studio (in residence 2016 - 2017)

Artists Studio Program 2017–2018

We are pleased to announce the following studio placements at Billilla this year.

Artist  Medium  Studio name
Troy Innocent Visual artist Laundry studio
Adam Stone Visual artist Parr studio
David Brooks Filmmaker Grainger studio
Carmel Seymour Visual artist Traill studio
Stephanie Leigh Visual artist Beckett studio
Carmel Wallace Visual Artist Tayler studio
Michelle Deans Writer Marshall studio

More on current artists

Many thanks to each of the artists who completed expressions of interest in gaining a placement at Billilla mansion studios. We received many high quality and deserving submissions and we would like to convey well wishes in future endeavours to all applicants.

The artist studios are located on the grounds of historic Billilla Mansion in the servants quarters. Many of the studios are named after prominent local artists:

  • Beckett studio - Clarice Beckett, visual artist
  • Grainger studio - Percy Grainger, composer
  • Marshall studio - Alan Marshall, writer
  • Parr studio - Lenton Parr, visual artist
  • Tayler studio - Lloyd Tayler, visual artist.
  • Laundry studio has held on to it's historic name.

Discuss the program

To discuss the program or your application, please contact our Cultural Development Officer.


(03) 9599 4444 during business hours


artevents [at] bayside.vic.gov.au

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