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Artist in Residence

We have long been associated with the arts and have a rich cultural heritage. In keeping with this tradition, the Artist in Residence program was established in 2009.

What is the Artist in Residence 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 8 residencies are offered to successful applicants for 12 months from July to June annually.

Artist in Residence 2015–2016

Artist  Medium  Studio name
Jo Roszkowski Visual artist Laundry studio
Aaron Park Visual artist Beckett studio
Wendy Busch Visual artist Grainger studio
Lillian O'Neil Visual artist Traill studio
Joseph Price Luthier Parr studio
Yuria Okamura Visual Artist Tayler studio
Suzy Zail Writer Marshall Studio

Many thanks to each of the artists who completed expressions of interest in gaining a residency at the 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
  • Sievers studio - Wolfgang Sievers, visual artist
  • Tayler studio - Lloyd Tayler, visual artist.

The Laundry studio has a more operational name.

Artist in Residence Open Studios

The Open Day marks the end of the current artists in residence and welcome the new artists. This event is also a chance for the Bayside and wider community to observe the artist's work in progress, enjoy a day in the gardens of Billilla and partake in some light refreshment with wonderfully creative people. The open day activities will include the 2017 Bayside Design Market. The date for next year's event is Saturday 8 April 2017.

If you would like to be a part of the 2017 Open Day, please register to receive Council's Arts Culture eNewsletter to stay informed of updates.

Discuss the program

To discuss the program or your application, please contact:

Cultural Development Officer 
Phone: (03) 9599 4444 during business hours
email: artevents [at] bayside.vic.gov.au