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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 open day

Thank you to those who came to our Open Studios on 8 April, if you would like to stay informed of our Artist in Residence public programs for 2017/2018 please register for our Arts & Culture eNewsletter, register here.

Artist in studio


Artist in Residence 2017–2018

Bayside City Council is pleased to announce the following artists who will take up residence at Billilla at the beginning of July.

Artist  Medium  Studio name
Troy Innocent Visual artist Laundry studio
Adam Stone Visual artist Parr studio
Greer Townshend Visual artist 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

Artist in Residence 2016–2017

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.

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